Gropius House

Celebrate: Rings

Stephen Borkowski (b. 1954)and his partner Wilfrid J. Michaud (1951-2002) fell in love with these romantic gold bands when they saw them in the front window of Tiffany & Co. in Palm Beach, Florida. Once they returned to Boston they made a trip to Tiffany’s, at Copley Place, where they had the jeweler customize each band with their initials and the dates of their decade of life together.

Upon Wilfrid’s death in 2002 Stephen added another engraving: UBLUD, which stands for united by love until death, inspired by the classic 1968 film Mayerling. The couple could not officially wed as Massachusetts did not pass a marriage equality law until May 2004.