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All Six Pittsburgh Steeler Rings Show Up On Twitter

July 6, 2014

A spectacular photograph of all six Pittsburgh Steeler Rings shows the differences in size and bling.

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What a great photo turned up this week on twitter.   While the identities of the two men and details of the occasion are murky, the photo pretty much says it all.

From left to right:

The Steelers first super bowl ring, from Super Bowl IX.

Next is the superbowl XIII ring.

Next to it is the four large diamond, Super Bowl XIV ring. This would be the Steelers last Super Bowl championship ring for more than 25 years.

The last ring shown on the first hand is the Super Bowl X ring. It’s hard to see, but that ring has two large diamonds, symbolizing the team’s second superbowl victory.

The next hand has the two more recent rings.

On the left is the huge, superbowl XLVIII ring and to the right is the smaller, Super Bowl XL ring.

I’ve written a lot about each of these six rings, so if you would like more information, please use the search button on the right of this web-page and you can pull up plenty of photos and information about each of these rings.

Here’s the link to visit the twitter page:

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The Seven Championship Rings of the Denver Broncos

July 4, 2014

This might be the only picture on the internet of all seven Broncos Championship rings:

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AFC and Super Bowl Rings of the Denver Broncos

To balance out and center the rings in the photograph, the rings shown above are not in true chronological order.

Here are some details on each ring.

The ring on the far left is the Broncos first championship ring – back from super bowl XII when the Cowboys beat the Broncos. The ring is made of solid 10K gold and was made by Jostens. John Elway, legendary Denver Bronco quarterback and now GM of the franchise has 6 Bronco rings. This is the only championship Bronco ring he does not own.

The ring, second from the left with the diamond “A” is from the 1986 season. The Broncos lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XXI. The ring is made of solid 10K gold and was designed and manufactured by Jostens.

The Broncos returned the following year to the Superbowl and got blown out by the Washington Redskins, 42-10. The team was awarded a 1987 AFC Championship ring (3rd from the left). Like the Broncos two championship rings before this one, it was made by Jostens in 10K solid gold.

The Broncos returned to the super bowl two years later. Unfortunately for John Elway and the team, things got worse. They were blown out again in the big game, losing to the 49ers, 55-10. The football shaped, diamond studded top, is shown on the far right. This ring was made by Jostens in 10K solid gold.

The ring 4th from the left with the single logo, is from their first Super Bowl championship. The Broncos and John Elway finally won the big game. This Super Bowl XXXII ring was made by Diamond Cutters International. While the top of the ring is gorgeous, the sides were made sloppily and the quality is a far cry from other ring manufacturers such as Jostens, Balfour and Tiffany. The ring is made of 14K solid yellow gold.

The Broncos returned the following season to the super bowl and won it again. It was John Elway’s final season and his final championship ring as a player. Perhaps realizing their mistake, the Broncos returned to Jostens and made a much nicer ring than the previous year’s ring. The ring is made in 14K solid yellow gold.

The final ring shown is the Broncos latest ring – from their 2013 season. The Broncos were blown out in Super Bowl XLVIII by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8. The ring was made by Jostens in 10K white gold.

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An Interview With Denny Elliott, a Retired Championship Ring Designer

July 3, 2014 – By Jared Bell

During his 47-year career at MTM Recognition ring factory (formerly Josten’s), he designed numerous championship rings.

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Elliott designed all six Chicago Bulls championship rings in the 1990s and the championship ring for the 2005 Chicago White Sox, among many others.

Now retired at age 71, the NewsTribune recently caught up with Elliott to discuss his career, his designs and his experiences.

NewsTribune: Can you talk about your job and the role you had with the company?
Elliott: When I started out, I went into the tool room as a hub cutter and dye maker, but about 10 years later, I went into the art department and after four years or so I became the director of the art department. I kept that job until they moved the art department to Owatonna, Minn., but I wasn’t willing to move with the art department so they gave me the title of ‘Senior Designer’ and made a spot for me in Princeton, so I was able to stay in town, got my own studio and had a ball doing it. I kept that job for about 30 years until I retired.

NT: How challenging was it to design a championship ring?
Elliott: Most of the time I would travel to see the customer, and I’d sit down and talk with them and take them through the process. That was quite the effort. Trying to design by committee is quite the pain because everybody has their own idea and thinks their idea is the best, so you’re sitting around this table with seven or eight big shots and they all want their share of the design. It could be very hard.

NT: Can you take us through the process? How does a championship ring come together?
Elliott: Whenever I started out designing a championship ring, whether it be football or basketball or whatever, I would always start out the process by making a couple of sketches.

I would start by concentrating on the top of the ring and its shape. The top was my forte because I could pull all kinds of designs together and really do anything while also working with a budget in mind. A lot of people struggle at things like that and I’m not good at math, but over the years I did so many designs that I could pretty much take a look at the ring and figure out the cost by the look of the diamonds.

Some rings had as many as 40-50 smaller diamonds on the top, but others would have large diamonds with a design around it or a specific number of large diamonds that has some significance to the team.

Other times you put a crest on top that was usually the team’s logo.

After you have a design for the top, you would put in a lot of meaningful elements to the team on each side of the ring. It usually would have each player’s name individually put onto the shank (the side of the ring), which took an individual tool for each ring and was quite complicated. You could also put something significant to the team’s location, team (jersey) number or accomplishments.

Once you have a design, the next step is to submit it to them. Once they get comfortable with you and begin to get to know you, they get a lot of neat ideas and I would tweak them and we’d go from there.

NT: You dealt with the Reinsdorf family and designed all the Bulls’ championship rings and the White Sox World Series ring. What were those experiences like?
Elliott: The White Sox are owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, who also owns the Bulls, so after I did the six Bulls championship rings and the White Sox won, his wife called me and told me, ‘Sharpen your pencil. We’ve got a lot of work to do.’

She fancied herself as a jewelry designer, so I worked closely with her and together we designed the White Sox ring.

NT: I’m sure you, like everyone else, were a big Bulls fan back in the 1990s?
Elliott: Well, I wasn’t necessarily a fan at the start (of the title run), but I became one, (laughs). Doing six championship rings for the team makes you a fan.

NT: What do you remember about designing the White Sox ring?
Elliott: When the White Sox won the World Series, they ordered rings for all the players, the owners and owners’ wives, coaches and all the people who work for the team, so we made about 200 rings and it cost about $2.3 million. That was kind of neat.

When we designed the White Sox, they told me they wanted to stay below $5,000 per ring, so I had to design a ring in that price range. The value of diamonds, the grade of diamonds that you use and the size of diamonds are really where the cost is, and we had to add all that up and keep it under $5,000, which is hard because all of those prices vary. It was a complex deal, but on the men’s ring I think it cost about $4,500 per ring.

The White Sox were probably the largest order for rings that we’ve ever had for a championship team.

NT: Have you been part of designing any other championship rings other than the Bulls and White Sox?
Elliott: I did the New England Patriots’ first Super Bowl ring (in 2001). I went out and worked with (Patriots owner) Bob Kraft.

That ring has a lot of square diamonds in it. It was a very fancy ring and I believe it cost over $7,000 per ring, but they didn’t order as many as the White Sox.

NT: What championship rings are you the most proud of doing?
Elliott: The Bulls rings were pretty fun. I did six different years and, of course, six different designs. I would guess that’d be my claim to fame is the six Bulls rings.

NT: You always hear of stories of how people at the Princeton plant tried on an athlete’s championship ring before the athlete did himself. Did you ever try on anybody’s rings before they did?
Elliott: Well, one thing that comes to mind was (William) Refrigerator Perry’s ring.
With his ring, a 50-cent piece could be dropped through the finger hole because his finger was that big. That’s pretty big and a pretty fat finger, 50-cent size. That was pretty memorable for me.

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Owner Paul Allen offers fans chances to win replica Seattle Seahawks Rings

July 1, 2014

Seahawks owner Paul Allen will award 12 replica rings to 12 fans who submit photos of their “Virtual Super Bowl Ring” using the Seahawks mobile app.

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Seahawks players and coaches received their Super Bowl XLVIII championship rings in a special ceremony back on June 19 at the EMP Museum in downtown Seattle, but now Seahawks owner Paul Allen is offering 12 lucky 12s a chance to win a replica of the ring which signifies the capture of the first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.

While the replica rings are a far cry from the diamond studded versions the players received, the replica rings are made by Tiffany, the same company that produced the player’s rings.

The replica rings are made of sterling silver and don’t contain any diamonds.

For the technologically-challenged (like me), trying to decipher Allen’s latest tweet, here’s some help:

First, you’ll need to download or update the current version of the Seahawks mobile app for your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Android, Blackberry, or Windows Phone device at

Next, take a photo using the application’s new “Virtual Super Bowl Ring” feature.

Last, share that virtual bling on social media using the hashtag ‘#SuperBowlRing’ for your chance to win.

Good luck!

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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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