We know how this works. You weren’t planning on getting a class ring. But shoot, your school just had an assembly and you realized that the rings are not all bad. In fact, you kind of like them more than you thought you would. And, a lot of your friends are getting them, and now you might be the one left out. But … they are SUPER expensive. Are they worth it?
So, should you get a class ring? What if we said you could get one for FREE? How’s that for an article teaser?
Disclaimer: We are a freaking class ring store. Yes, we are super biased. Yes, we want you to buy a class ring from us. Just thought we’d be straight up. End of disclaimer.
We’re going to look at 3 areas people weigh when it comes to deciding if they should buy a class ring or not – Cost, Coolness and How Long You’ll Wear It.
Ok, let’s start off with the reasons you SHOULD NOT buy a class ring, followed by the counter argument of reasons why you SHOULD.
1. Class Rings are Flippin’ Expensive – True statement. To buy the base line ring (made of Siladium or Viladium or whatever the hell they call their cheap steel metal), you’re looking at about a $200 cost. And if you upgrade to silver, gold, or diamonds, these rings can be upwards of $2,000. At those kind of prices, you might be asking for only one rib.
1a. Expensive, but Long Lasting – Even though you would be putting down a hefty chunk of change on a class ring, you have to calculate the length of this gift. I mean, this ring isn’t going anywhere. You’re going to live another what, 50-60 years? So, divide $300 by 60, and we’re talking about $5 a year. I mean, come on. You probably spent $50 on your last pair of jeans. How long are they going to last?
Yes, class rings are expensive. But, you’re buying a keepsake that you will have for the rest of your life. Plus, you can get them super cheap at our store (compare us to Jostens), AND you can even get your class ring for FREE! Sign up for free to be a Ring Rep at Wear My Story, and you get $40 off your ring with every referral you send us. Refer 5 friends, and you get a free ring. Refer 10 friends, and we’ll send you a $100 gift card. Win the contest, and we’ll cut you a check for $10,000. Yup. 10 Large. All of the sudden, class rings are getting more affordable.
2. Class Rings Aren’t Cool – Fair enough. Some people may not like the look or design of a class ring or think they are cool to wear. In year’s past, class rings were more of a given than they are today. If you go back to the 80’s, you could maybe bank on 60-70% of a school getting a class ring and everyone wearing letterman jackets. So, it’s probably true that getting a class ring is not a given.
2a. Outsourcing Your Decision is Not Cool – Coolness is a shifty thing. Are class rings really not cool or did one popular kid or one of your friends (who, btw, possibly can’t afford a ring) say they were not cool? So, do you really think they aren’t cool? Or, are you letting someone else sway your decision?
In reality, the rings are pretty frickin’ sweet. You can customize the ring to tell your story. You get to choose the design, the engraving, the stone color, the metal type and about 73 other things. A class ring is a reflection of you – who you are and where you are going. There’s not a lot of things that can help you express yourself in this kind of way. Unless you are uber-artist student, helping tell the world who you are, especially in high school, is a different thing. Customizing a ring that helps tell your story … we think that’s pretty cool.
And while class rings sales may be down over years past, they have a lot more competition. There’s all kinds of tech gadgets and other devices vying for a family’s gift budget. Ever heard of something called the iPhone? But, where the latest iPhone will be outdated in less than a year, you are buying a keepsake that will last forever. And, it’s something that holds its value. Seen the prices of gold lately? We like assets that appreciate and think that’s pretty cool.
3. I Won’t Wear It Very Long – The final most popular complaint you hear about class rings is that you won’t wear it past high school, and it will end up sitting in a drawer somewhere. This is legit. When you graduate and head off to college, there’s a good chance you won’t your high school class ring. Now, some people may choose to wear the class ring forever. Cool. Most people will not. Is that enough of a reason to not get a class ring?
3a. Wearing it Forever is NOT the Point – You’re buying a ring. Usually, you get a class ring your sophomore year in high school. That gives you 3 golden years to wear your little piece of personalized bling. And then, you get all growed up and head off to college. And at that point in time, you may not wear your class ring anymore.
Big. Freaking. Deal. The great thing about a class ring is that it is a timeless keepsake that marks your milestones up unto this point in your life. The ring holds its value (if not grows in value, see the gold costs) because it will forever be a reminder of this unique and awesome time in your life. Even if that ring does sit in your drawer collecting dust, every once in a while, you’ll take it out, dust it off, and remember the good times you had with your friends and high school.
How valuable are memories? What’s the price tag of looking back and smiling at those good times? Most students may not consider this point when buying a class ring, but a ring can forever be a reminder of the good (and some bad) times of your high school life. That’s a unique gift. You grow out of your jeans and send them to Goodwill. An iPhone 5 ends up in a landfill somewhere. A class ring is a keepsake that will last a lifetime.
So, should you get a class ring? Yes!!! That’s a 10/4 good buddy. (Yeah, remember, we sell class rings, and we already made our disclaimer. So, get of our backs!)
When you weigh all of the arguments for not getting a class ring against those for why you should get a class ring, I think the answer is pretty clear. But, that’s up for you to decide.
It’s up to us to try to make it easy for you: