Snowbell (ID: 71193b) No.527555
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When my grandmother passed away she left behind a lot of jewelry, I mean a lot a lot. My mother and I sorted through it but since she doesn't wear the stuff and neither do I basically all of it defaulted to my daughter who has a greater than average appreciation for shiny trinkets.
Amongst this hoard was this ring:
My mother and I both inspected it but other than noting that it was 14k gold we didn't really pay it any mind. Is just somebody's old, worn-down class ring right?
Well the weekend before last the spawn dug it up, brought it to me and told me I should wear it. I started saying that I don't wear rings but then I paused to scrutinize it anyway. Having been on big naval history kick for a while now I happened to notice that the eagle on the ring is crowned by a trident. That being one of the few details that isn't worn smooth. After much squinting and a bit of research I discovered it wasn't just any class ring but one for a graduate of the United States Naval Academy which is pretty heckin' neat imho. Though that also raises the question of who's it was and where it came from because to my knowledge nobody in my immediate family has been in the navy at all let alone being an officer. My grandfather was a crew chief in a KC-135 Stratotanker for many years and most of my other relatives who had served were soldiers or Marines. There is a name engraved on the inside of the ring but it too is so worn I can't make it out no matter how hard I squint. Been meaning to take it to a jeweler for two weeks now but I keep forgetting to take it with me when I go out.
Finally, while I'm no expert, it seems to be pretty heckin' old.The way the genstone's setting is near-vertical and unadorned is quite odd, more typically those settings are more domed/dished and engraved all the way up to the edge, it gives me the impression it's perhaps pre-WW2. I would doubt it's any newer than the 50's or so.
Also, 14k gold is quite soft and prone to wear, so if you're going to get something like this and wear it regularly 10k is a better choice.