After years of planning, it’s not surprising that Centennial co-chairs Mary Merrick and Pam Friedland are all smiles as they get ready to celebrate 100 years of the Friends. They are decked out in commemorative jewelry featuring our logo rings and excited to share these unique pieces with the Friends.
In 1946, philanthropist Alfred Pillsbury gifted Mia with two interlocking Chinese jade rings. They have come to represent the Friends eternal bond of friendship with each other as well as the now one-hundred-year relationship with Mia. Francis McKenzie, then an art student at the Minneapolis School of Art, designed the Friends logo based on the jade rings. You can see the original piece next time you stop in the Friends office—and while you are there, say hello to Friends president, Julie Holland and new operations coordinator, Claire Goulson.
We’ll be celebrating all year in 2022 but these beautiful pieces will last a lifetime. Wearing them is another special way to affirm the lasting meaning of the Friends, entwined for another hundred years in silver and in our hearts.
The sterling silver rings so masterfully designed as a necklace and pin, were designed for the Friends and are available as a custom order. Preorder the necklace with a 20” chain for $160 or a 24” chain for $170. The signature pin can be ordered for $85. The applicable MN sales tax will be applied to each purchase. If you are interested in purchasing one of these memorable pieces, please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 for additional information.