Unraveling the Mystery of Noel Gallagher’s Class Ring
Today, I embark on a quest to uncover the mystery behind Noel Gallagher's class ring. This piece of jewellery has captured the imagination of many and has become somewhat of a legend. I am a member of a Facebook group dedicated to finding lost or stolen class rings and reuniting them with their owners. This is where the story began.
One of our members, Scott Nico, posted a Rolling Stone cover featuring Noel Gallagher, clearly sporting a class ring with a center stone that looks like a ruby or garnet. Scott's caption read, "I wonder if anyone can find the owner of Noel Gallagher's class ring he's had since the early 90s." And with that, the hunt was on.
In 2015, Noel Gallagher participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session where users could ask him anything. One user, Lizzibarnes, asked about the significance of the ring with the red stone that Noel had always worn. Noel replied, "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)."
The Reddit community quickly jumped into action, with some members pointing out that there was no Ruston, Mississippi, but there was a Ruston, Louisiana. One member of the facebook group even found a yearbook with someone named Dewayne Jackson, though there was a slight variation in the spelling of the name.
I did some digging of my own and came across an article about Noel Gallagher's ring from 2011 by Raul, a write for feeldumb.com. Raul also had the opportunity to meet Noel Gallagher at a press event for his "Who Built The Moon?" listening party at Capitol Records on September 28, 2017. During the event, Raul asked Noel about the mysterious class ring he had been wearing for many years. According to Raul's article, Noel confirmed the story that he purchased the ring in a pawn shop in Tokyo in the 1990s.
The search for Dwayne continues by researchers on the facebook group, and it raises questions about the moral obligations of owning a piece of someone else's history. If Dwayne is found, does he have any right to the ring? Does Noel have any obligation to return it, even though he paid for it? As I keep an eye on this fascinating story, I am eager to see how it will unfold and if Dwayne will be reunited with his cherished class ring.