First of all, I am feeling very old today. I was in the class of 1994… Out the Door in ’94! I can’t believe it has been 16 years since I graduated from high school. CRAZY!!!
Okay, back to the point. Tayler is graduating in the class of 2012. As an impending Junior, there have been many mentions of class rings. The salespeople have been to her school taking orders. Pamphlets have been sent home. They will be getting their class rings by the end of this school year.
Tayler decided that she did not want a class ring in the traditional sense. She asked if we would buy her a ring, but she wants it to be a ring that she will keep and wear for a long time, possibly forever. She asked us to buy her first “real ring”. No more cheap rings that tarnish and fall apart. She wants a ring that will stand the test of time.
This past weekend, I took the kids to the mall. I knew I was going to be going out this coming weekend and would leave Mike with the kids all day on Saturday. I wanted to give him some time to himself. Aren’t I nice? ha!
Anyway, Tayler and I have been looking at rings every time we go somewhere. I wasn’t sure what she wanted exactly so we have been getting ideas. I was going to purchase something and surprise her because I know what she likes. Well, there was a ring she fell in love with at the mall this past weekend. It was a blue topaz with diamonds on the side in 10k while gold. The blue topaz is in a “kite setting”, which basically means that the princess cut stone is at an angle. It is very pretty. I told the jeweler that it was a bit above our budget and we left.
Mike and I knew that we were going to be on our own with funding this ring (or pretty much anything Tayler wanted) but we wanted her to have something she really liked. After a brief talk with Mike while Tayler and I were at the mall, we agreed that we would buy this ring for her. I surprised her and told her we would buy her the ring she wanted but wanted her to make sure it was something that she would be happy with. She looked (while the kids went crazy in the stroller) and decided on the one she liked in the beginning.
I can’t find a picture of the ring but will share once we pick it up from being sized.
My parents bought me one but now I almost wish I had just did what Tayler is doing. I don’t wear my class ring anymore but may be still wearing it if it weren’t a “class ring”. What about you? Did you have a class ring? Do you still wear it?
Class of 96 here. My husband and I both got class rings. I wore his more than he wore it and more than I ever wore mine. I wish I hadn’t gotten the one I did. I don’t like it
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I’m a year ahead of you my friend in the “feeling old” department!! LOL! Timmy picked his out last year, and we will be finalizing the payment on it in time *hopefully* by his birthday.
I never had one though. I never thought I would get much use out of it, plus my parent’s really didn’t have the money. I don’t regret not getting one either, thankfully! 😉
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our motto was 84 say no more…i thought i knew what that meant at the time…but now i am not so sure!
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like blue cotton mary, our HS rings had mary underneath (catholic girlsschool, and it was not the normal HS design, very elegant, so i wore mine til sr year of college, when I got a college ring, as I wanted the seal from my school. I have saved both for my daughter and hope she will want to use my HS ring (common in many of our local catholic prep schools, they just add the otehr hs name and year on the one side.
but I like the idea of having a ‘real’ ring to keep forever. My parents gave me mine on my 16th birthday and I plan on giving it to my daughter on hers!
I loved my class ring. You can turn it over and look underneath where you can see a statue of the Virgin Mary. I don’t wear it anymore. However, I still loveit:)
Oh, that sounds really nice!
Try 30 year reuinon and a son that is graduating this year, think you feel old…….you got a ways to go. I bought a high school ring and still have it though I don’t wear it. I bring it out for show and tell and when Mike got his we compared. I think you buying your daughter a special ring is an excellent idea. If I had a girl I think I would of done the same thing. Mike got his ring but it came from the whole family. We couldn’t afford it so we asked the grandparents, great grandparents, best friend if any one would pitch in a little bit and it would be Mike’s gift from us all. It worked out wonderfull, they paid for 1/2, I paid for 1/4 and Mike paid for the rest. It is now his family grad ring and he wears it with pride more so then if either him or I would of just bought it.
Thank you for sharing, love you blog. Take care and God Bless!!!
I don’t have one. It would have been wasted on me. I think it’s smart to buy a regular ring. I didn’t take senior pics either I went to sears. Much cheaper. Besides, it only my family that would keep the pics for years. You have a smart kid. Good job.
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Robyn's Online World says
That is an EXCELLENT idea! I wish my parents wouldn’t have wasted their money on a traditional class ring for me – what a waste! I’m going to suggest this for my son in a couple of years when the time approaches
Debby Pucci says
Actually she is being pretty smart about it. Our daughter never wanted a class ring but didn’t want anything in its place. Yes I have a class ring but never wear it and hardly wore it when I was young. Good for her, looking forward to seeing it.
I graduated from high school in 1996. Practically everyone in my class got a class ring. Mine was white gold with topaz. Most of my friends got their birthstone on their rings but mine is emerald and I just don’t like the color green.
I still have my class ring tucked away in my jewelry box. I think I wore it for the last time about five years ago. After having four children I wonder if it still fits!
Good luck picking out rings for Taylor.
Doll Clothes Gal Pal says
I never got a class ring. I figured i wont be getting much wear out of it – and would end up just being a waste of money 😛 I like your idea – its something that your daughter can treasure and wear forever!
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Also you were playing varsity sports which is more of a reason to design a real class ring.
funny you say that about your ring after spending how many hundred dollars on it?? lol
I never got a class ring. I was too practical and thought it was a waste of money. Mostly because my parents told me I had to buy it myself if I wanted it…I think it is a great idea what you are doing with Tayler. That is something that will last…
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