Fashion How-To: Choose a Class Ring

Class rings: why are they important, and how do I choose the right one for me? I think these are the two most common thoughts going through the minds of anyone who is approaching graduation, whether it be from high school or college. Although they are not a requirement, many people see class rings as important because they are a physical symbol of academic achievement, like a diploma — except they’re much prettier and you can wear them!

Obviously there is a portion of all graduating classes who choose not to buy a class ring, but if you have any interest at all in own one then I highly suggest you check them out. There are lots of different options to consider, so here are some tips on how to choose the right one for you.

1. Choose a style that suits your personality, not what your friends are getting. A lot of my friends got fancier, more feminine high school rings, but I definitely liked the classic styles better. Make sure it’s something that you’ll want to wear and love forever, not just something that’s trendy.

2. Take price and materials into considerations. Silver rings have lots of different material options, and are super affordable and durable. Gold rings usually come in 10k, 14k, and 18k options (with 10k being the cheapest) — just because 18k is the most expensive, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best. 10k gold is the most durable, and probably the best option for an item you plan on wearing every day.

3. Personalize it! Many companies provide free engraving on the inside of the rings, so take advantage and put your name or initials inside! If you go for more classical designs, then you also have the option of choosing the designs on the sides (unless it’s already been chosen by a committee, as is the case for my college ring). Choose a design that references something that was important to you during your time at the school, such as a club you were in or a design that is relevant to your major. If your ring features a gemstone, you could get one of your school colors or even your own birthstone. Just remember, this is all about showing off your achievements!

4. Be sure to get sized by the company. While you might already know what your ring size is, there is a chance that the company you are ordering your ring from might have a different scale. Make sure they measure you by their standards, or take a ring in that you already wear on that finger to be sized. You want your ring to fit snuggly with just enough wiggle room to be able to twist off.

5. Be sure to keep your paperwork and ask about future resizing/replacements. Many companies honor a discounted replacement within a certain amount of time if you keep your receipt. This can save you a lot of money in the long run if your ring gets stolen, so make sure you ask about their policies and keep your papers in a safe place!

My future class ring — VT ’12!
(sorry for the chipped nail polish!)

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3 thoughts on “Fashion How-To: Choose a Class Ring

    • Oh really? I didn’t know that they were a local concept, that’s really interesting! Is there an equivalent of anything besides a diploma in the UK?

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