About Us


Balfour's history began in 1913 as a jeweler specializing in fraternity and sorority jewelry. Over time, the company has evolved into one of the leading manufacturers of class and championship rings. We are famous for our state-of-the-art precision tooling used to create rings of champions.

Balfour is the official ring manufacturer for the New York Yankees World Series championship rings - the team with a record of 26 World Series champion rings! When you choose Balfour you are choosing a company whose design processes are the same for the pro rings as they are for high school and college class rings.

Our Purpose

To help people express their individual achievements and passions

Our History

In 1913, Lloyd Garfield Balfour took notice of the expanding number of students enrolling in college and the growing popularity of sororities and fraternities. He saw a unique opportunity and began Balfour, a company that manufactured and distributed high-quality fraternity and sorority jewelry to college campuses across the country.

During WWI, Balfour was called upon to produce military insignia for the U.S. Armed Forces. After the war, we developed new product lines including high school and college rings, pins, commercial insignia, stationery, diplomas and awards.

Alternatively in 1939, three brothers revolutionized how school yearbooks were produced. While the oldest yearbooks pre-date 1900, they were limited to those schools that could afford the expensive engraving process. Herbert, Edgar and Bill Taylor introduced offset lithography to yearbooks, and Taylor Publishing was born producing top-quality yearbooks for schools across the country.

Balfour was more than ready to take advantage of increases in school populations after the Second World War. We also took notice in the growth of American business and created a market for employee achievement and recognition products.

In the 1970s, gold was freed from government monetary controls. It rose from $35 per ounce to $850 per ounce. In response to the increase, we introduced special alloys to make class rings affordable for everyone and developed special manufacturing techniques that allowed us to offer students an endless variety of personalized ring design choices.

Yearbook production changed dramatically in the late 1970s when electronic page composition replaced the decades-old cut-and-paste method. Taylor again led the way with computerized copy preparation followed by the first desktop publishing software for yearbooks.

Our aspirations to continually improve Balfour and its products led us to start producing championship rings. Since then, Balfour has come to be known as the "Choice of Champions," because of our excellent quality and design services. We have produced Super Bowl rings for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, World Series champions New York Yankees, and Stanley Cup champions New York Rangers, as well as countless high school state and collegiate champions across the country.

The 1990s began another transformation for yearbooks, one that continues today. The advent of desktop publishing and digital photography expanded the possibilities for print products. All-color yearbooks and online publishing software have forever changed how yearbooks are produced.

In late 1996, Balfour combined with the business of CJC Holdings, Inc. to become part of a new company, Commemorative Brands, Inc. We continue to keep our reputation for producing quality and innovative products, while being dependable and reliable to our customers.

In July of 2010, American Achievement Corporation (AAC) leveraged the reputations of both Taylor Publishing and Balfour to begin marketing and selling on-campus under one master brand: Balfour

Our Products

For nearly 100 years, Balfour has been producing products that celebrate the pride and passions associated with achievement. We are a market leader in designing quality crafted rings, announcements, letter jackets, yearbooks and educational resources that help you capture the spirit of the time.

Environment

Yearbook and Graduation

We're committed to responsible practices to protect the future of our planet. Our company invests in research and innovations to improve the management of our global forest resources.

We're certified and audited per the standards established by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). These organizations are part of a global umbrella that supports the promotion of sustainable forest management, protection of wildlife, and air and water quality.

In the past six years, we've recycled over 8,000 tons of paper. In doing so, we've helped preserve more than 135,000 trees, 3 million gallons of oil, 55 million gallons of water, 32 million kilowatt hours of energy, and 27,000 cubic yards of landfill space. We're proud of our accomplishments and will continue to improve, monitor, measure and report our progress in meeting sustainability standards. Join us in our efforts to support a more environmentally conscious tradition.

Clean Class Rings

Balfour was the first class ring manufacturer to endorse No Dirty Gold's Golden Rules that call on the mining industry to extract and manufacture gold under higher social, human rights and environmental standards.

For more information about this movement, please visit www.nodirtygold.com.

The Kimberley Process

The United Nations passed a resolution called the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme that is designed to certify the origins of diamonds and to ensure these stones are not "conflict" or "blood" diamonds.

It is Balfour's commitment to you that diamonds used in our products are conflict-free, based on written guarantees from our diamond supplier.

Environmentally-Friendly Stones

Our simulated birthstones are all lab created stones, with many sharing the same chemical properties as genuine stones. With the exception of diamonds, our birthstones are not mined and are very eco-friendly.

Recycled Steel

Our Celestrium™ material is a fine jeweler's stainless steel that is over 95% recycled material.

Fair Labor Association

College Fair Labor

Commemorative Brands, Inc., the parent company of Balfour, is a member in good standing with the Fair Labor Association (FLA). In joining the FLA, affiliated companies make a commitment to develop a rigorous program that includes implementing the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and monitoring to ensure that any violations are identified, addressed and corrected. Their efforts in this regard must meet FLA standards for public disclosure and long-term improvement.

The mission of the FLA is to combine the efforts of industry, civil society organizations, and colleges and universities to protect workers' rights and improve working conditions worldwide by promoting adherence to international labor standards. The FLA conducts independent monitoring and verification to ensure that the FLA's Workplace Standards are upheld where FLA company products are produced. Through public reporting, the FLA provides consumers and shareholders with credible information to make responsible buying decisions.

When a student or an institution works with Balfour, they receive a product whose worth is beyond its cost. Our commitment to quality at every level of manufacturing ensures the highest level of satisfaction for every person fortunate enough to participate in the class ring experience. Moreover, when a student or an institution decides to work with Balfour, they can do so with pride. They know that they contribute to making a difference in the lives of other people across the world by associating themselves with a company that is aware of and supports true humanitarian efforts and seeks the ideal of the "Golden Rules."

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

(AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. They do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. Balfour is a member.

Privacy & Security

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is of utmost importance to us. To protect your privacy, we are providing this information to explain our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

About the Information We Collect

From our Web site at various times you may be able to order products, enter contests, participate in a survey, subscribe to e-mail notices, or participate in an online forum. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected at these pages include: name, age, address, e-mail address, telephone number, school, grade, and information about your interests in and use of various products, programs, and services.

In some cases you can submit information about other people. For example, you might submit a person's name and e-mail address to send an electronic greeting card of a selected class ring. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected about other people at these pages include: recipient's name, age, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

At certain parts of some of our site, only persons who provide us with the requested personally identifiable information will be able to order products, programs, and services or otherwise participate in the site's activities and offerings.

We also may collect other non- identifiable information when you visit our site such as the Web browser you are using (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer), the operating system you are using, (e.g., Windows 2000 or Mac OS) and the domain name of your Internet service provider (e.g., America Online, Earthlink).

How We Use the Information We Collect

We may use the information you provide to fulfill your requests for our products, programs, and services, to respond to your inquiries about our offerings, and to offer you other products, programs or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our contests or when we make changes to our subscriber agreements, to fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter, or to contact you about your account with us. We use the information that you provide about others to enable us to send them your gifts or catalogs. From time to time, we also may use this information to offer our products, programs, or services to them. The information we collect in connection with our online forums and communities is used to provide an interactive experience. We use this information to facilitate participation in these online forums and communities and, from time to time, to offer you products, programs, or services. We sometimes use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our site and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage, as well as to offer you products, programs, or services. We may disclose personally identifiable information in response to legal process, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency's request. Agents and contractors of CBI/Taylor who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for CBI/Taylor. Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Notice. Balfour will not disclose personally identifiable information to companies whose practices are not covered by this privacy notice (e.g., other marketers, magazine publishers, retailers, participatory databases, and non-profit organizations). Finally, CBI/Taylor will not use or transfer personally identifiable information provided to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you with an opportunity to opt out of these unrelated uses.

Collection of Information by Third-Party Sites

Our site contains links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Visitors should consult the other sites' privacy notices as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

Cookies

To enhance your experience with our sites, many of our web pages use "cookies." Cookies are text files we place in your computer's browser to store your preferences. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information unless you choose to provide this information to us by, for example, registering at one of our sites. However, once you choose to furnish the site with personally identifiable information, this information may be linked to the data stored in the cookie. We use cookies to understand site usage and to improve the content and offerings on our sites. For example, we may use cookies to personalize your experience at our web pages (e.g., to recognize you by name when you return to our site), save your password in password-protected areas, and enable you to use shopping carts on our sites. We also may use cookies to offer you products, programs, or services.

Our Commitment to Security

We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.

How You can Access or Correct Information

To access the personally identifiable information that this site has collected about you online, or how to correct factual errors in such information, please write to:

Commemorative Brands, Inc.
Attn: Manager of Online Content and Design
7211 Circle S. Road
Austin, Tx 78745

To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about the Balfour online policy for this site or its implementation you may contact us at:

Commemorative Brands, Inc.
Attn: Manager of Online Content and Design
7211 Circle S. Road
Austin, Tx 78745

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Fair Labor

A meeting of the board of Directors of Commemorative Brands, Inc./Taylor, ("the Company" or "CBI/Taylor"), a Delaware corporation, was held at the Company's offices in Austin, Texas on Monday, Novemeber 12, 2001 at 9:30 A.M. (CST) pursuant to the special notice given in accordance with the bylaws of the Company.

The following directors, constituting all of the members of the Board of Directors, were in attendance and acting throughout the meeting:

Mr. David Fiore
Ms. Sherice P. Bench
Ms. Leah Bush

The need for a Corporate resolution starting commitment to the Fair Labor Code.

WHEREAS, many of the universities that are clients of CBI/Taylor, in an effort to ensure that their licensed goods are produced under the fair labor standards, have joined as participants in the Fair Labor Association (the "Association"), and have obligated themselves to restrict their licensed products to those goods manufactured in compliance with the standards of that Association; and

WHEREAS, such university clients have asked the Company to certify that its goods are produced in accordance with the standards of the Association; and

WHEREAS, it is the judgment of the Directors of the Company that its participation in and compliance with the standards of the Association would serve the best interest of the Company by, among other things, promoting these goals.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT the Company shall forthwith apply for membership in the fair Labor Association and, upon becoming a member, shall do all things necessary or appropriate to comply with the fair standards promulgated by, and other duties and requirements of members of the Association.

RESOLVED that upon becoming a member, and thereafter, the Company shall obtain from the Association and furnish to those of its clients who request the same, certifications provided by the Association evidencing that the Company's goods are produced in accordance with the standards of the Association.

FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the president and other officers of the Company are hereby directed, authorized, and empowered to execute all documents and instruments, and to take all actions that are, in their judgment, necessary or appropriate to apply for membership in the Fair Labor Association, comply with its standards and other requirements of membership, and to otherwise carry out the intentions of the resolutions. There being no further business brought before the Board, upon a motion duly made and seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 9:40 A.M. (CST).

The following directors, constituting all of the members of the Board of Directors, were in attendance and acting throughout the meeting:

Mr. David Fiore
Ms. Sherice P. Bench
Ms. Leah Bush

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