As a huge Oasis fan I have always been intrigued by the small things about the band. One thing I had always noticed thoughout most of Noel Gallagher’s career is the ring he wears on his guitar playing hand ring finger.
Here in America, rings similar to this are given to students by their alma mater when they graduate High School or College. Here is an example of a typical “class ring” similar to Gallagher’s from the Jostens Class Jewelry website. Usually the rings are personalized and show the year you graduated and whatever activities you participated in like Sports or Band.
In an interview, Gallagher said he bought the ring in a Japanese pawn shop. He also said,
“I fucking lie to everyone about this ring. I say, yeah, this is a ruby, man. But look. It’s pink glass.”
My curiosity about the ring was heightened even more when it was featured prominently and is showed twice before even Noel is shown in the 2011 music video for “The Death of You and Me”.
UPDATE 1: Noel Gallagher was asked about his ring during a reddit AMAA (ask me almost anything) Q&A on May 1, 2015. Gallagher revealed the ring is from a High School in the United States. He said:
“I bought this ring in a pawn shop in Tokyo in the 90’s. It’s a US college ring that I believe people get when they graduate from college in America. It was given to somebody. I’m assuming a G.I. stationed in Tokyo, from Ruston High School in Mississippi (I’ve looked it up)”
There is no Ruston High School in Mississippi but there is a Ruston High School in Ruston, Louisiana which I assume is what he meant.
UPDATE 2: I got to meet Noel Gallagher at his “Who Built The Moon?” listening party press event at Capitol Records on September 28, 2017. Instead of asking him about writing “Live Forever” and “Wonderwall”, I asked him about the Adidas Sticker on his guitar and of course about the mysterious ring. Here we are discussing the ring in the streets of Hollywood, California.
He was rather surprised that people care about this kind of stuff but he did confirmed the Japan pawn shop story. I then asked him if I can take a picture of the ring, he obliged and stuck out his fist for the close up!!!
And now we know that the ring came from a student with the first or last name of DWAYNE and wore #22 on the football team. The family of the man that gave John Lennon his famous Army jacket contacted me so I wouldn’t be surprised if the person who once owned this ring gets ahold of me.
Click below to check out how feelnumb.com became the only website to figure out the Lennon Army Jacket mystery.