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Celebrate your academic achievement with your official ring from Balfour. For almost a century, Balfour has been dedicated to quality handcrafted rings that last for generations. Our state-of-the-art precision tooling brings your college traditions to life on your own school ring.
Steeped in Tradition – The University of Texas at Austin
This official college ring is an example of expert precision detail and traditional design. The University of Texas ring prominently features the classic school seal on the top of the ring. One side of the ring showcases the historic UT Tower, the defining landmark on campus, which was completed in 1936 and for the longest time was the tallest building in Austin.
On the facing side there is the Longhorn mascot, a long-loved symbol of strength and determination. Scrolled around the outside of the longhorn is the phrase, “The eyes of Texas are upon you.” The song titled “The Eyes of Texas” made its debut in 1903. UT student John Lang Sinclair first scrawled the words on a scrap of brown laundry paper that is now on display in the Alumni Center.
According to tradition, juniors and seniors wear their rings with the UT Tower facing them. Then, on Commencement Day, the ring is turned as an indication of graduate status. This symbolizes that the graduate is now ready to face the world.
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The time-honored tradition of a college ring allows you to forge a bond with fellow classmates, alumni and the university.
All college rings are custom crafted just for you by specialized Balfour craftsmen. More than 35 operations contribute to the creation of one single handcrafted Balfour ring. The prominent university features are expertly drawn and then transformed onto the ring design where they appear as replicas of the original symbol.
Balfour’s expert craftsmanship ensures that your official college ring becomes a distinctive keepsake and a symbol of your academic successes.
10 Steps to Crafting Your College Ring
- Expert Design.
For nearly a century, Balfour has been a proven leader in college and championship ring design. Our experts work with your university to design rings featuring the symbols important to your college experience and to craft rings using the highest- quality materials.
- Precision Details.
Our cutting-edge toolmaking and technology allows for the intricate and precise detail to be rendered in the ring molds used to craft your ring.
- Perfect Size.
To ensure you get exactly the look you want, we first make a wax pattern of the ring and adjust it to your ring size to make sure it is a perfect fit!
- Molding Your Idea.
Our multiprocess cast making uses a time-honored technique that has been perfected over a thousand years. First, a plaster is poured over the wax, and then the wax is melted to make a ring mold. The quality material you selected (gold, Balfour Premium Silver™ or Celestrium™) is poured into the mold and hardened. Your college ring is starting to become a reality!
- Enhanced Details.
Our jewelry craftsmen clean, smooth edges and shape your ring to make sure your special details are perfect and clearly stand out.
- Special Stone Setting.
Our experts set your stone into your ring. Balfour has a special Custionseal process that secures your stone fit for added protection.
- Antique Finish.
Depending on the finish you selected, we can add additional background color using our special coating so your ring details really “POP”!
- Perfectly Polished.
To make your class ring truly shine, we have a special highlighting step that pulls out more of the individual details in your ring.
- Elegant Engraving.
If you want to engrave your name, date or message on the inside of your class ring, we can do it. In fact, our state-of-the-art technology allows us to clearly engrave and further personalize your ring.
- Impeccable Inspection.
Upon passing the scrupulous inspection of Balfour’s Quality Control team, your official college ring is ready to be shown off! You can take as much pride in your ring as you do in your academic achievements.