While everyone else has been bemoaning the end of summer, I’ve been counting down the days. In my family, Labor Day weekend means only one thing: college football season. The most wonderful time of the year—no matter what the Christmas carol says.
I plan my every Saturday, from now until after Thanksgiving, around University of Michigan football. It’s an event. I have rituals, I have T-shirts and sweatshirts…but one thing I don’t have? Some really sparkly accessories. I’m not talking about logo jewelry; there’s plenty of good collegiate stuff on the market (these Timex watches, for instance). But I’ve never thought to buy myself any fine jewelry in my college colors—even though I’ve been eyeing this maize-and-blue Eden Presley ring, pictured at top, for a while now. So to mark the official kickoff of college football season, I’ve rounded up color-coordinated jewelry from 10 universities for my fellow fans.
If I left out your school, I’m sorry! Unless it’s Ohio State, Michigan State, or Notre Dame, and then—sorry not sorry!
University of Michigan
Runwell 47 mm watch with stainless steel case and leather strap, $575; Shinola
The Detroit-based Shinola doesn’t explicitly call this a University of Michigan watch, but whoever wrote the description had U of M on the brain, teasing its “collegiate blue” dial and “maize details.” The first thing you see below the photo? “Go Blue.” Shinola knows what’s up. (There’s also a green-and-white face option, for those who went to that other Michigan school.)
University of Wisconsin
DY Bel Aire red ombré stainless steel chain with 14k gold accents, $575; David Yurman
The campus that introduced me to fried cheese curds will always hold a special place in my heart.
Lava Sophia ring with amethyst and diamonds in 14k blackened white gold, $1,460; Arya Esha
Fun fact: Last fall, Wildcat student athletes finished the semester with a record-high 3.31 GPA. The football team’s was 3.16. You have to respect a school like that. Also, Arya Esha designer Priyanka Murthy went to NW!
Extra-small 18k gold Flower stud earring in citrine with diamonds, $1,180, small 18k gold Wildflower stud earring in lapis with diamonds, $850; Brent Neale
One of my closest friends went to Auburn, so when I watch SEC football, I always root for the Tigers. War Eagle!
18k yellow gold emerald-cut stone rings with mystic topaz and coral enamel and with amethyst and violet enamel, $3,465 each; Sarah Hendler
Purple and orange is one of those color combos that looks obnoxious on the football field, but supercool in jewelry. (Side note: There’s a lot of orange in college football, isn’t there?)
Florida State University
The dark red in FSU’s official color palette is actually called Garnet. If that’s not a cry for jewelry, Seminoles, I don’t know what is.
University of Miami
Designer Jade collection 14k yellow gold chain with honey-red gourd pendants and apple-green teardrops with diamond tops, $4,165; Mason-Kay
In case the Turnover Chain isn’t your style (hey, that heavy gold Cuban link isn’t for everyone), we’ve got a lighter alternative for all you Hurricanes. Bonus: You don’t have to hand it over every time a Miami defender snatches the ball away from the opponent.
Shout-out to senior editor Emili Vesilind and anyone else who cheers for ’Cuse. Let’s hope the Orange crush it this year!
North Carolina Central University
Sterling silver and garnet cufflinks, $370; Konstantino
This one’s for my very sharp-dressed friend Lance. I know he’ll be pulling for my Wolverines on Saturday night, and on Sunday I’ll be cheering for his Eagles.
University of Connecticut
As a good friend of mine likes to joke of her alma mater, “UConn has a football team?” True, the Huskies aren’t exactly heralded for their football prowess (they went 3–9 last year). But it’s never too early to start accessorizing for women’s basketball season!
Top: 1-leaf open finger ring with tanzanite and yellow sapphires in 14k yellow gold, $1,280; Eden Presley