Members of the United States military are rewarded in various ways for their achievements. Whether it be with ribbons, medals or jewelry, military men become more decorated as they progress in rank.
The top of this Green Beret's ring is jeweled with a green crystal, laser-etched with the parachutist badge, A.K.A. jump wings. "United States Army", in embossed lettering, frames the jewel.
One side shank of the ring reads "Sergeant Blackburn" in embossed lettering.
"Special Forces" is embossed beneath the Green Beret's insignia, enameled in turquoise and yellow.
The opposite side shank of the ring reads "Tunnel Rats" in embossed lettering. Army Ranger Training Brigade insignia is embossed beneath, and is detailed with yellow and black enameling.
The RTB, or Ranger Training Brigade, is a 61-day combat leadership course, not for the weak of heart. It develops skills both mentally, as well as physically, producing elite level soldiers.
Tunnel Rats were soldiers that performed underground search-and-destroy missions during the Vietnam War. They were elite level soldiers that specialized in hand-to-hand combat underground.
In addition to the thick, embossed lettering, "Sgt Rick Blackburn" is also stamped inside the ring.
Unlike many military rings that are produced in either stainless steel or 10 karat gold, this ring is solid 14 karat white gold. It is signed, "Balfour".
The ring was presented to a man of high importance, who was an obvious overachiever throughout his life. Judging by its excellent condition, you can tell it was really important to him, and was something he cherished.