What are some of the best championship rings in recent history? – NBC Chicago
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It’s all about bling in sports, isn’t it?
The Milwaukee Bucks had their ring ceremony last night for winning the 2020-21 NBA Championship. While rings have become more and more extravagant, those from the Bucks are no exception.
Designed by jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills, the rings have 360 diamonds (for the total earnings under the current ownership group), a total of 4.14 carats of emeralds (in honor of Milwaukee’s 414 area code) and even a QR code that can be scanned to watch a series of highlights from the season.
Here’s a look at some of the other best Championship rings we’ve seen recently.
Cleveland Cavaliers 2016
With LeBron James returning to The Land and winning the franchise’s only championship, you had to know the Rings would be special.
Rings, designed by Kay Jewelers and Baron Championship Rings, were made up of 216 diamonds each, representing the Cleveland area code. The left side of the ring was crossed by the Cleveland skyline. The Detroit-Superior Bridge is also featured on this side, with the number 52 below, in honor of the 52 seasons in which the team failed to win a championship.
The bottom of the ring featured seven gems for the final seven matches. Additionally, wine-colored garnets and white diamonds accounted for the team’s total wins and losses respectively.
Golden State Warriors 2018
You could realistically put the 2015 or 2017 rings for the Warriors here too, but we’ll stick to just one for now.
The most unique part of the 2018 Golden State Championship rings is the twist-off feature. Gamers got a little greedy and couldn’t decide if they wanted a white or blue face for the ring, so designer Jason from Beverly Hills found a compromise – a reversible and reversible face of 74 blue sapphires or 74 white diamonds. , representing the total number of wins.
Also on the rings are two trophies, representing the Warriors’ back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018. When you turn your face, there is the slogan engraved “Strength in numbers.”
New England Patriots 2017
The Patriots didn’t necessarily need another way to remind people of the 28-3 comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, but it was a big part of their Super Bowl LI win.
Jostens included 283 diamonds per ring, to recall that infamous score before the Patriots returned for the win.
Also included in the ring are the franchise’s five Lombardi trophies and infamous quotes from owner Robert Kraft, such as “Unequivocally the Sweetest” and “We’re All Patriots”.
Philadelphia Eagles 2018
Much like the Patriots paying homage to the 28-3 comeback, would that really be a Eagles‘championship ring for Super Bowl LII without something for the Philly Special.
Jostens, the ring designer, included 127 diamonds on the ring bezel, the total number you get if you combine the jersey numbers of Nick Foles (9), Corey Clement (30) and Trey Burton (88) , the three players who touched the ball in this sensational game.
The trophy on the ring includes 16 diamonds, one for each of the team’s victories during the season. Inside the ring is an underdog mask, a nod to Lane Johnson’s infamous headgear.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team to win the Super Bowl in their stadium.
Thus, the stadium had to be well represented on their championship ring. And is it ever. The ring features a twist top that peels off to reveal a three-dimensional replica of the Raymond James Stadium.
The word “HISTORIC” is engraved at the bottom of the removable tray, surrounded by a description of the team’s history.
“On February 7, 2021, history was written when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team to win the Super Bowl at home at Raymond James Stadium.”
The ring, with 15 karat white diamond and 14 karat yellow and white gold, is topped with a pair of Lombardi trophies for the two organization titles and a Buccaneers flag.
Chicago Cubs 2016
You put a silhouette of your damn Wrigley goat on your ring, you deserve some recognition.
The curse of Bear cubs was broken up in 2016, with not only the Wrigley goat rooted in the championship jewelry. 108 round diamonds were also included to commemorate the years between the World Series.
In the ring, there is also an outline of the Wrigley ivy and brick wall, as well as the “Fly the W” flag on the side.
Washington Championships 2019
A ring with a “baby shark” in it? Sign us up.
With “The baby shark” by Gerardo Parra help the Nationals to the World Series victory in 2019, Jostens used a baby shark inside the ring, holding the World Series trophy.
The Nationals ring also featured 32 sapphires to represent the seven walk wins, 13 shutout wins, an eight-game winning streak and four playoff wins. The Roman numeral MMVI is engraved on one side, in honor of 2006, the year the Lerner family bought the team. On the back of the ring is the team’s slogan, “Go 1-0 Every Day”.
Tampa Bay Lightning 2020
Similar to the rings from the 2017 Warriors, the 2020 Tampa Bay Lightning rings have a literal twist.
With the Stanley Cup in the middle of your face, if you twist it, it reveals a puck with two sticks and the word “Stockholm,” the site of the 2020 Global Series that the Lightning swept away. The ring also features the words “Distant Thunder” on one side, a tribute to the fans’ nickname. Below the ring is the word “Gravy Train” representing the team’s victory song in the locker room by Yung Gravy.
There’s also “216: 14” engraved on the inside, which is the total number of overtime played at Tampa Bay in the playoffs, which is an NHL record.