Designed by
Tiffany & Co., American, founded 1837
Manufactured by
Balfour, American, founded 1913
Owned by
2nd Lt. Perez, Emily Jazmin Tatum, American, 1983 - 2006
Subject of
United States Military Academy, American, founded 1802
United States Army, American, founded 1775
gold with diamond and semiprecious stone
H x W x D: 13/16 × 13/16 × 1 in. (2 × 2 × 2.5 cm)
A 2005 West Point class ring owned by 2nd Lieutenant Emily J. T. Perez. The ring is 14k gold. The top of the ring has a dark yellow, marquise-cut semi-precious stone in the center outlined by eight diamonds with dark yellow stones arranged at the top, bottom and sides of the center stone. Engraved around the head of the ring on the shoulders is “WEST POINT” and “2005.” One side of ring has the West Point crest engraved on the shank. The crest depicts an eagle with wings spread above the plumed helmet of Pallas Athena. The helmet is over a Greek sword. Scrolls are on both sides of the eagle’s body bearing West Point’s motto. The left side scrolls read “DUTY / HONOR / COUNTRY.” The scrolls on the right side read “WEST POINT / MDCCCII / USMA.” The other side of the ring has the graduating class of 2005 crest. The crest depicts an eagle over an American Flag and crossed swords. Above the eagle is “05” and “KEEPING FREEDOM ALIVE.” Engraved below the eagle is “USMA.” Engraved along the inside of the band on the bridge of the ring is “Emily J. T. Perez / All Through Christ.” Engraved on the inside of the ring along the base of the shank is “Balfour 14K.”
Place used
West Point, Orange County, New York, United States, North and Central America
finger rings
Iraq War, 2003-2011
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki and Daniel Perez in memory of Lieutenant Emily J.T. Perez
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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