Badge: The golden key was selected by the Founders as the badge of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The badge is worn strictly as an emblem of membership and only by initiated members. Members may not lend their badges to anyone except other Kappas. To keep badges only in the possession of members, it is encouraged that the badges of deceased members be returned to Headquarters.
Colors and Jewel: The colors of the Fraternity are light blue and dark blue, which have been described as those shades which in light and dark tones reproduce the “soft velvety blue approaching the cornflower in shade,” which is also a description of the sapphire, the Fraternity jewel. The sapphire is recognized as a symbol of truth, sincerity and constancy.
Flower: The fleur-de-lis was chosen as the Fraternity flower because of its general dignity, stateliness and grace, and because it combines the two blues of the Fraternity in one flower.
Owl: The owl is the bird of wisdom as well as the bird of Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom.
Coat of Arms: The Fraternity Coat-of-Arms combines the well-known symbols of Kappa Kappa Gamma: the key, the Greek letters, the new-member pin, the fleur-de-lis, the owl and the two blues.
Kappa’s golden key, fleur-de-lis and coat-of-arms represent friendship rooted in a tradition of high standards.