Archive for June, 2014

The Three Modern Day Red Sox Championship Rings

June 30, 2014

Jostens and the Boston Red Sox Teamed Up To Make A Trio Of Magnificent Championship World Series Rings.

Boston Red Sox World Series Championship Rings

Pictured above are the three recent World Series Championship Rings of the Boston Red Sox. What I admire most about these rings is how they are so similar in style and size. Most other teams that are fortunate to win multiple championships in a short time span, don’t have rings that look this similar to each other. Typically, their 2nd or 3rd rings are much larger than their first, and/or the designs take on a radically new look.

The first World Series Championship from 2004 is shown in the middle. Instead of making a ring in 10K or 14K gold, the Red Sox opted for more expensive 18K gold. While no one can argue that 18K gold is more money and more prestigious, the ring would be softer and much more susceptible to wear if regularly worn.

Hopefully, the players and staff that receive an 18K diamond studded ring will take great care of it. The ring came with magnificent wood presentation box and had “86 years and 10-27-04″ engraved on the inside (the day they won the world series).

The next championship ring, the 2007 version, is pictured on the left. This ring was made of 14K gold and will experience less wear over time than the softer, 18K, 2004 ring. Inside the ring are the engravings “Boston Red Sox” and “10-28-07″ (the day they captured the world series).

The third and final ring, from 2013 is similar in size to the first two rings (all three rings are very large rings, much larger than their arch rival New York Yankee rings). Perhaps these rings were rushed, but one thing missing on this ring is the Red Sox toe and ankle markings found on their logo and properly represented on the 2007 rings. This ring is a 4 carat white gold ring with 126 diamonds. Inscribed next to “10-30-14″ is an etched image of a beard with the words “Bearded Brothers” engraved above it.

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Here Come The Cheap Replica Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Rings

June 29, 2014

It’s a shame that Tiffany, Jostens, the NFL, and eBay permit this to happen. Not only does it cheapen the accomplishment, it hurts the ring manufacturers in the wallet since they sometimes offer much better quality items for sale on their website.

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If you want something cheap in price that’s similar to what the World Champion Seahawks are wearing, eBay might have a large selection of replica championship rings soon.

The companies in China that have brought us so many cheap championship rings that sell on ebay are gearing up to make knockoff Seahawks ring.

Most of the replica rings for sale are made in China and list from $59-$250.

Some look fantastic. Other look like crap.

One website is already offering a Seahawks ring for $212. It comes with a Russell Wilson shank and is made in a silver color that looks good.

My experience has been that often, the materials of the rings don’t match the description, and if you plan on wearing them, they may oxidize, tarnish, wear, pit or rust. The gold-tone rings (gold in color) often wear and fade to silver color. Experience has shown that if you have patience and wait, the prices for these rings drop significantly over time.

Your favorite player’s name, or your name, is sometimes available. Some rings includes a fancy presentation box and custom finger sizes are sometimes available to fit your finger properly.

Some listings will probably include the engraving of the postseason scores inside, just like the Seahawks real rings. Others won’t.

And, if you are not a Seahawks fan, the folks in China produce almost every winning (and sometimes losing) team’s championship rings. Just search on eBay.

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Brad Jacobs’ Stolen Olympic Championship Ring Recovered by Police

June 28, 2014 – By The Canadian Press, Postmedia News

Curling champion Brad Jacobs was thrilled when they called him to say his stolen ring from the 2014 Sochi Games had been recovered.

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The expensive engraved jewelry was stolen from a motel room in Boyle, Alta., where the gold-medal winning skip was taking part in a charity golf tournament last weekend.

RCMP Cpl. John Spaans (SPANZ) says Jacobs wasn’t holding out much hope that the ring would be found.

That made him all the more pleased when an officer called to tell him the ring had been found in the attic of a house.

A 22-year-old woman is facing charges and a man, also 22, is still being sought by police.

The woman is to appear in a Boyle courtroom in August.

Other personal items belonging to Jacobs and another theft victim were also recovered.

“He was pretty thrilled … He was surprised, first off, then pretty happy obviously. With such a small item, you’re really looking for a needle in a haystack,” Spaans said Friday.

“He had said if we ever found it to call him right away.”

Spaans said the two suspects were identified as the result of tips from the public and video surveillance.

“We put out the press release asking for public assistance and people started thinking back about strange activity they’d seen or hadn’t reported to the police yet,” he said.

“And through all those complaints … we were able to connect these two and go back and review video footage from the motel and … that subsequently led us to a house in town.”

The ring was not part of the booty presented to Jacobs at the Olympics. He and his teammates had the option to have the rings made and purchased them on their own.

He had been heart-broken about the theft, saying he had hoped to someday pass the ring down to his children, and had pleaded with the thieves to give it back.

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It took 20 Years for a High School Football player to finally get a championship ring

June 27, 2014

A touching story of how much this ring meant to a former High School Football player.

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Kevin Boehning was a star student athlete and musician at Maryknoll High School in the 1980s, and as a sophmore, was part of the first Pac-5 high school football team that won the Hawaii State Prep Bowl Championship.

Pac 5, made up of several small to mid-sized Hawaii high schools including Maryknoll, beat Waianae High School in the Aloha Stadium, 14 to 7.

Kevin, an offensive guard and defensive tackle who also played on some special teams, had already ordered a high school class ring, and said his family couldn’t afford to get a Prep bowl ring back then. Twenty years later, he still regretted he didn’t have a ring from that memorable day.

In 2001, when Kevin began dating Amy Hangman, he told her about his cherished football win, and disappointment over not having the keepsake ring. The subject came up because Amy, then a class adviser and teacher at Waialua High School, was helping her students order their own class rings.

Ironically, the Balfour ring makers who were in charge of Waialua High’s rings, were coincidentally the same ones who made Kevin’s team’s rings all those years ago.

The representative from Balfour was able to find the mold for the ring from 1982 – it was still on file. And then as is protocol, he hunted down the team’s coaches to verify Kevin was on the team. Once everything was confirmed, he had the ring made.

When Christmas came around, their first Christmas together, Amy wrapped Kevin’s ring in several boxes, one inside the other.

Kevin laughed because wrapped Amy’s gift the same way.

When he got to the last box, and saw what was inside, Amy said: “Kevin actually cried.”

“That was the best Christmas gift ever,” Kevin said.

Little did Amy know, Kevin bought her an engagement ring, and wrapped it up in a number of boxes as well.

“Kevin always gets the best gifts. He is a true romantic. He even wrote me my own song and sang it in a club. I can never outdo him ever. I thought I would outdo him – and I did – almost, until he gave me a wedding band,” Amy said, laughing.

Kevin, who now works as a drummer for Bone Canyon and is an Environmental Compliance Specialist for the Hawaii Army National Guard at State of Hawaii Department of Defense, called the exchange “cosmic.”

The couple married in 2002. Kevin is still deeply in love with his wife, and posted the story and photos on Facebook this week recounting the story, adding “Love ya hunny!” Amy is now a teacher at Mililani High School.

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Canadian 2014 Olympic curling ring stolen

June 26, 2014

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this Sochi 2014 Olympic Champions ring belonging to Canadian curler Brad Jacobs.

2014 Olympic Championship ring

Brad Jacobs, one of Canada’s Olympic curling champions, is missing his Sochi 2014 championship ring after a hotel robbery in northern Alberta.

Jacobs was visiting for a charity golf tournament when his hotel room was robbed.

He said the ring was taken while he and other tournament participants were in the hotel bar, between 1 and 2 a.m. on June 20.

When the group tried to return to their rooms, Jacobs said his room and one other room were found to be locked from the inside.

“We obviously knew that was a little weird with it being deadbolted from the inside, and I immediately went to the drawer where I kept all my stuff … and the only thing that was left there was my wedding band.”

Jacobs said his wallet, cellphone, watch and bracelet had also been in the drawer.

At first, Jacobs said, he thought the missing items had simply been misplaced, but then he heard that a second room down the hall had been broken into.

“Basically, just knew right then and there that it was broken into and those were the things that were stolen. There was nothing else missing.”

The next morning, Jacobs said he found window screens lying on the ground outside both his room and the second room where items were also reported missing.

Boyle’s Mayor Don Radmanovich said crimes like this are uncommon in the community, but Jacobs said he heard the hotel had been broken into before.

The ring has a square face with rounded corners, bearing the words “Olympic Champions 2014.” “Brad Jacobs Skip” is inscribed on the ring’s inside surface.
Hoping for ring’s return

“It’s a beautiful ring, something that we love to wear and people love to see, so it’s obviously very valuable to me. It symbolizes every day that I wear it that we are Olympic champions. It’s terrible that I don’t have it anymore.”

When asked, Jacobs said he would rather not say how much the ring was worth, but added its sentimental value was much higher.

“I hope that the idiot that stole it goes ahead and does something even dumber, which is try to get rid of the ring and hopefully it pops up, but I don’t know what anyone would do with that.”

This is not the first time a thief has stolen one of his championship rings. Jacobs said his Brier championship ring was taken from his home in an earlier break-in about a year ago. He later had it replaced.

RCMP are now asking for the public’s help in retrieving the ring.

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