This is a very detailed and impressive class ring from 1929. In our research, we found a St. Joan of Arc school that was founded in 1922 in Kokomo, Indiana.
We have yet to find another St. Joan of Arc with the appropriate dates of this class ring.
St. Joan of Arc emerged as a mission from St. Patrick's Parish.
Erected as a church/school in 1922, it served the Catholic community on the south side of Kokomo.
In 1927, Rev. John Dapp was appointed resident pastor, at which time St. Joan of Arc became a separate parish. Italians, Romanians, and Belgians formed the major ethnic groups during the early years of the parish."
The ring is cast in gorgeous 10 karat white gold and features elements of beautiful black enamel. The detailing in this ring is remarkable.
The "1929" date is depicted with one number on each corner starting from the top left and reading across. We find that also to be unusual in a class ring.
The center of the ring features a diamond-shaped placard with the initials "SJA" surrounded by sunburst etching. This is further framed by black enamel with inlaid gold stars and the year, "1929".
Each upper shank is adorned with delicate filigree and fine millegraine that transition to a smooth lower band.
The under gallery exhibits two etched marks; these read "10K" (assuring the quality of the gold), and "HEK", likely the original owner's initials.
There is slight enamel loss on the face of the ring, but it does not detract from the overall design.
There is not a way to describe the beauty of this ring.
It, no doubt, belonged to a family of means to be able to afford a 10K gold class ring in 1929. It would be a very extravagant purchase.
This is a small ring (as you know, people were much smaller in the era), but it would be a beautiful pinky ring or suspended from a dainty chain.
Measurements: Size: 3 ¾ Face: 11 ½mm x 9mm wide Upper shank: 11 ½ mm wide Lower band: 1 ½mm wide Weight: 3.1 grams
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