Did a family member serve in the United States military? Perhaps you have one of their military rings as a heirloom. Classic military rings are often considered a family treasure, as they are part of the family’s history. Many of today’s military members prefer the classic look for their own military rings and it’s not as difficult as you might think to find one that is just perfect.
The first rings date back to the early Roman and Egyptian empires. During that time, rings were a symbol of military honor and only one was worn. Eventually, the rings became a symbol of societal status. By the Middle Ages, rings were popular throughout Europe and were often used as seals for various legal documents. In the United States, the first rings were given to graduates of the United States Military Academy in 1835. Since that time, the military ring has become a tradition for all military academies, but also for those that graduate from basic training. In addition, military rings are often given as gifts to recognize one’s accomplishments within the military, such as participation in a specialize unit or in a particular military campaign.
Classic rings are generally considered signet rings.This style is very elegant and formal. The top of the ring usually has the seal for the branch of the military that the member serves in. The seal may be engraved or raised, although the raised seals are a bit easier to keep clean. The sides of the ring may have nothing or there may be insignias or emblems engraved. The classic military rings generally have nothing on the sides. These rings are made from gold, silver, or validium. Usually, each branch has a specific color of precious metal that is preferred, such as silver for the United States Air Force. However, it just depends on the recipient’s preferences.
Ordering classic rings is very simple, as you can place an order online. You will also have the option of personalizing the inside of the band with a short message or the recipient’s initials. You can have the ring shipped almost anywhere in the world, which is a great option if your loved one is serving overseas on one of today’s many deployments. It usually takes two or three weeks for the ring to ship, so keep that in mind when you place your order.
Another thing to consider is using an antique class ring for part of the new ring. Many ring designers can melt down an older ring and make the new ring out of it. This is a great tribute to a family member and will ensure that the two rings are together to carry on the tradition. Some veterans donate their rings to the military academy they attended to be melted down and used for a new set of class rings.
In closing, classic rings will never go out of style. It’s part of the military tradition. It’s a great way to show your loved one how proud you are of their service and sacrifice.