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Know Our History: Rings and Roses

Rings and Roses is a relatively new tradition, started in 2002 by the class of 2004 who chose the current design and created the ceremony. The first standardized jewelry however began in 1897 with a pin design contest that Ida Marion Doherty, class of 1900, won. The pins, which were created by Tiffany & Co, were gold with tiny seed pearls around the edge and a pale blue enamel inlay with the letters “MH”.  Rings eventually became preferred, and designs have varied. Freshmen would design their ring each year. For a long time, class rings were more popular than college rings, decorated with class animal and color. 


Rings and Roses

Three gold rings with green stones of different shapes.

Three class rings from a green Griffin class