Archive for June, 2014

Seattle Seahawks fan making Super Bowl ring for Seattle’s 12th Man

June 25, 2014 – By Nick Eaton

Seahawks fan C.J. Johnson has designed a Super Bowl ring for the 12th Man, and is offering it to Seahawks fans as a keepsake after the team’s historic victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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“My goal was to have a solid souvenir, not a cheap, $40 to $50 replica,” said Johnson. “I wanted something that was actually solid. In 20 years I want someone to be able to pick it up and say, ‘Oh, this is cool!’”

The “Ring for the 12s,” as it’s called, is not a replica of the Seahawks’ own Super Bowl ring, it has it’s own unique design. Johnson began designing it the week of the Super Bowl, and has been asking for funding on Kickstarter for about three weeks.

Johnson said the idea came about when he and his daughter were discussing the Seahawks between the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 19 and the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. They talked about how the Seahawks organization would get rings if Seattle won the Super Bowl and asked, “How come we don’t get a ring?”

“Seattle fans are just crazy. They’re passionate and I love it,” said Johnson, who grew up in the Bay Area among supposedly rabid Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers fans. “We have our own name. It’s different. The 12th Man is truly a part of the team.”

The Seahawks’ actual Super Bowl ring includes a few nods to the 12th Man, including three “12? flags and 12 feather features (similar to the feathers on Seattle’s uniforms) along the band. Johnson said he was excited to see so many shout-outs to the fans on Seattle’s championship ring.

Yet Johnson’s ring is made entirely for the loyal fan base. It features a big “12? on the face surrounded by 188 cubic zirconia stones and framed by the words “world champions.” The stones are arranged in a framework that was designed to look like a birds-eye view of CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks’ home stadium.

One side of the ring honors Seahawks fans’ Guinness World Record for loudest crowd at an outdoor sports stadium, set during Seattle’s Dec. 2 game against the New Orleans Saints. The other side of the ring features the final score of Super Bowl XLVIII, the date of the game and the location.

Finally, inscribed on the inside of the ring are the scores of all three 2013 playoff games (including the Super Bowl) and the words, “I’m in” — a rallying cry for the Seahawks and for the 12th Man during Seattle’s Super Bowl season. The ring is packaged inside a crystal case (etched with “12,” of course) along with a certificate of authenticity.

As of a few days ago, 29 people had pledged money on Kickstarter toward the ring project. Seahawks fans can reserve a 12 ring for $179 or more on Kickstarter, where Johnson needs about $2,200 to reach his goal of $7,000 by the end of this coming weekend. The rings are slated to sell for $249 each on the project’s website,

The “Ring for the 12s” is being made by a Chinese jewelry company and can be produced in high quantities. Johnson said the rings, which are fashioned of solid brass plated in 18-carat white gold, likely won’t be ready for shipping until August.

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Are Championship Rings Getting Worse?

June 24, 2014

The picture below of 4 super bowl rings is pretty revealing; it shows a disturbing trend in championship ring design and production.

Super Bowl Rings

The four rings above are the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII ring, the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII ring, the New York Giants XLVI ring, and the San Francisco Forty Niners Super Bowl XXIX Championship Ring.

The Forty Niners ring shown above is an old-style ring you never see anymore: It features yellow gold, and something almost as rare – color enamel paint on top of the gold (shown on the side of the ring, all the way on the right). Gold enamel adds color to championship rings (something most of today’s white gold and diamond-studded championship rings lack.

Although the ring is just about 20 years old, not only does it stand up well to today’s gigantic, 150-250 diamond studded trophies (err, I mean rings), in my opinion, it’s actually much more beautiful.

The picture of the 49ers championship ring reveals that the five marquise diamonds are huge – bigger than the diamonds of the other three rings shown. The ring also contains rectangular baguette diamonds located below each marquise diamond. This helps display the trophy-like shape of their five championships and also helps to break out the never-ending and repetitious tiny-diamond patterns found in the other three rings shown above.

The three other rings do try to sprinkle in a little color – The Seahawks and Giants rings, both made by Tiffany, contain a row of blue sapphire stones, and the Ravens have their mostly-purple logo on their ring. If it wasn’t for these feeble attempts of color, the three rings would lack almost any color at all.

Another silly super bowl ring trend is forcing the team logo onto the top of the ring. The forty Niner ring proves this is not necessary to make a brilliant, mesmerizing championship ring.

While the Seahawks and Giants rings were made by Tiffany, The Ravens ring was made by Jostens. Jostens has made the most super bowl rings by far. The Forty Niners ring was made by Balfour, and it’s the last time the ring manufacturer made a super bowl ring.

Perhaps it’s time to give Balfour another chance, or to reevaluate the direction these championship rings are heading.

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It’s been over 50 Years Since the Detroit Lions Have Won a Championship

June 23, 2014

Shown below is the Detroit Lions last Championship ring – from the 1957 season.

1957 Detroit Lions Championship ring

The 1957 NFL Championship game was the 25th annual championship game. The title game was held on December 29, 1957 at Briggs Stadium, in Detroit, Michigan. The game was the fourth time the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns met in the championship game.

The Lions, who beat the Browns in 3 of those 4 title games, and won three championships in the 1950′s have not appeared in or won an NFL championship game (including the Super Bowl) since; the closest they have come to date was a berth in the 1992 NFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Washington Redskins.

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Is the New Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Ring Too Small?

June 22, 2014

Shown below is the Seahawks New Championship Ring Alongside a much larger Alabama Crimson Tide Championship ring.

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The recent Seattle Seahawks 2013 Championship rings, made by Tiffany and Company, are big, beautiful rings. However, they appear to be smaller than some of the more recent Super Bowl championship rings.

In fairness to the Seahawks organization and to Tiffany, the NFL tries to regulate Super Bowl ring sizes and has a policy (that is sometimes broken or bent) that first time Super Bowl winners should receive a ring of modest size and diamond content.

The last team to win their first superbowl, was also awarded a ring by Tiffany. That team, the Saints, received a 2009 Championship ring in 14K yellow gold (the last winning super bowl ring that was made in yellow gold), that was around 56 grams in weight. The size was also considered small, and the ring contained 104 diamonds.

By comparison, the Seahawks ring, is made of 14 carat solid white gold, the logo is made with 64 round diamonds, and then is framed by 12 more diamonds. The Vince Lombardi Trophy, is shown and comprised of one large marquis diamond. The trophy stands in the background with a sea of 107 round diamonds. Finally, forty blue sapphires surround the ring top.

The Seahawks ring has 184 diamonds compared to the saints 104 diamonds. A size and weight comparison can not be done at this point until I get the chance to photograph both rings together.

Another comparison we can attempt is between the Seahawks ring and the last Super bowl ring Tiffany made, the 2011 New York Giants Ring. The Giants 4th super bowl ring is covered in brilliant white diamonds and has four Vince Lombardi Trophies, commemorating the team’s four titles. Each trophy contains a marquis diamond. The top of the ring includes 37 blue sapphires and is made in 14 carat gold.

While the Giant ring has many less diamonds, the 4 marquis diamonds are much larger and more costly than the small diamonds found on the other two rings. And, at 92 grams, the Giants ring is probably much larger than the Saints and Seahawks rings. This is probably due to the fact that the Giants have now won four super bowls and are entitled by NFL League rules to a larger, more diamond-studded ring.

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Now You Can View The Seahawks’ Super Bowl Ring In Person

June 21, 2014

If you want to check out the beautiful Seahawks’ Super Bowl ring and you’re near the Seattle area, you’re in luck.

Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Championship Ring

The Super Bowl world championship ring, which was presented to the team players Thursday evening, will be on display this weekend at the Tiffany store at The Pacific Place Mall located in downtown Seattle. Tiffany has produced three of the last six super bowl rings and is putting the Seahawks ring on public display at its retail location from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The members of the 2013 Seahawks got their diamond-emblazoned rings Thursday at a private ceremony thrown by the team.

Here’s how Tiffany described the rings in its official announcement:

· Eighty-seven pavé-set diamonds cover the top of the ring, creating a sparkling background for the Seattle Seahawks logo set with 65 round brilliant diamonds and one neon tsavorite for the eye, and the Vince Lombardi trophy set with a marquise diamond.

· The ring’s bezel is inscribed with WORLD CHAMPIONS and accented with 12 diamonds.

· The white gold ring is framed with 40 blue sapphires.

· One side of the shank details player name and number, season score of 16-3, and Mount Rainier with the 12th man flag waving over the Seahawks stadium.

· The shank’s other side features SEAHAWKS, the NFL shield, Seattle skyline with Super Bowl XLVIII logo, and the Vince Lombardi trophy set with a marquise diamond

· The inside of the ring is inscribed with the following: LEAVE NO DOUBT, 24/7, SEA 43 DEN 8 and WHAT’S NEXT?

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