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Love Stories: The Miami Mergers Tradition

Love Stories: The Miami Mergers Tradition

At KYLE CAVAN, our mission is to design college jewelry that you'll want to wear for years to come - jewelry that evokes memories of friendship, all-nighters, optimism - and for many - love.  Over the past year, we've worked closely with universities, students and alumni to build collections that are worthy of your stories - we designed the Villanova Church Necklace to celebrate those who graduate in front of or get married at Villanova's St. Thomas of Villanova Church, or the Tulane Mardi Gras Tree Necklace to celebrate the annual tradition of blanketing the now iconic tree with Mardi Gras beads.  

One of our all-time favorite traditions is what Miami University calls "Miami Mergers", which refers to Miami alumni who marry other Miami alumni. There is an iconic archway on campus called Upham Arch, and as the story goes, couples who kiss under the arch at midnight are destined to be married. This tradition inspired us to make a very special piece for the Miami Collection - the Upham Arch Necklace complete with diamond in the lantern.

"The Upham Arch Necklace is one of my favorite styles because it was inspired by real life love stories like the ones featured below, and we worked closely with the Miami community and Alumni Association to bring it to life. That's the beauty of a start-up, we have the flexibility and agility to create meaningful pieces like this when schools help us spread the word." - Elizabeth Shirley, Co-Founder of KYLE CAVAN 

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Today, there are over 14,000 "Miami Mergers" across the country and world - all of whom receive a Valentine's Day card from the Miami University Alumni Association. A tradition that has been upheld for more than 40 years and features a card with a unique poem and theme in honor of those Miamians who are married to one another. 

Read about more real life Miami Merger stories on the Miami University Alumni Association Website

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Due to the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19, please consider ordering gifts for the holiday early this year. Allow up to 15-20 business days for all orders, although we are doing everything we can to ship items sooner. 

In-stock items will arrive within 3-5 business days after shipment from our facility. 

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If you are not 100% satisfied with your order from KYLE CAVAN, we will gladly refund you within 21 days of purchase.

To receive a full refund on an item, your item must be in the same condition that you received it. Please click HERE to initiate a return.

If you are looking to exchange an item, please click HERE to initiate a return. The new item must be treated as a new order. 


Pieces that are on sale or have been customized with engraving are not eligible for a return unless it is damaged or broken upon receipt and or if we made a mistake with your order.


If your return meets the above requirements a full refund (excluding shipping costs) will be issued to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.

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We offer free repairs for up to 6 months after purchase. We ask that you please cover the cost to return the item and mail all returns to the below address:

177 Mott St
New York, NY 10012

If you have any questions, please contact us at about repairs. Your satisfaction is our highest priority and we will work with you to address the situation.