The rings of Luther

The Luther ring hasn’t always been the same. Why the change? Why red and not Luther blue?
By: Mallory Bazan, Staff Writer
October 7, 2010

A red stone set in a gold ring. To some at Luther it’s as recognizable as the bat signal, a visible symbol of one’s diploma on their finger.

The Luther class ring means different things to different people. However, the tradition has lasted for 111 years with no signs of stopping soon.

First created in 1899, the Luther class rings were originally designed by students.

The premier rings were made of gold and had the initials LC and the number 99 engraved.

It was after this that the more traditional-looking class ring was created, which included the inset red stone. But if Luther’s colors are blue and white, why the red?

“My closest guess is because of the Luther rose, but I can’t say the exact reasoning,” said Director of Book Shop and Union Services James Haemker (‘72).

The ring style varied slightly over the years, as each class designed their own. In 1942, the campus became underpopulated due to students enlisting in WWII, so the administration made the decision to design the rings. The design has stayed the same way ever since.

If you’re interested in looking at or purchasing a ring, stop by the Union on Oct. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. or Oct. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to visit with a representative of Jostens, the company that sells the rings.