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It’s Raining Ravens Championship Rings

October 17, 2014

Super Bowl rings are hard to obtain. They are extremely rare, yet I have been fortunate to acquire three of the Ravens 2012 Super Bowl Rings:

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Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Championship Rings

I rarely waste the time on this blog talking about my   personal championship ring collection. I feel it’s probably boring and readers would prefer to see some amazing rings and learn some facts about Championship rings – not about my collecting efforts.

However, over the last month, I picked up two 2012 Raven’s rings – a player’s ring (who will remain anonymous, and the infamous “Chesapeake Bay Ravens Championship ring”. This means I have three of these amazing rings (plus the Super Bowl XXXV ring too).

The “Chesapeake Bay” Ravens ring is a well known story. Back in October of 2013, a front office Baltimore Ravens employee handed the ring to someone to view it while on a cruise around the bay. Ironically, the cruise was an event hosted by the team for the players and employees.

A diver was hired the next day to attempt to find the ring and had no luck. When word got out there was a ring down in the Bay, quite a few divers attempted to find the ring.

Well, long story, short, I now have the ring. While it’s not my policy to resell a player’s ring when I have personally purchased the ring from the player or their family, I will be selling this ring since I already have two player’s rings from 2012.

Now, before you think I should give back this Ravens championship ring to the rightful owner, here’s what you should know:

1) The original owner had insurance on the Super Bowl ring and the insurance company paid on the claim. The money was used to fully manufacture and present the employee with a brand new ring – exactly the same size and version as their first ring.

2) Because the insurance company paid on the championship ring, they are the undisputed rightful owner of the original championship ring.

3) The insurance company sold the ring to me to recoup their loss – the original owner has a new ring and has forfeited their right to this ring by accepting the money to have their new championship ring made.

4) The lucky person who buys this ring will get paperwork from me and the insurance company, documenting that I have proper and legal title to the ring and therefore the new buyer will have title too.

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The Super Bowl Ring Picture Richard Sherman Would Never Tweet

August 12, 2014

When Sherman wants to one-up opposing cornerbacks and wide receivers, he Tweets photos of his Super Bowl Ring.   He probably shouldn’t if they were on the Ravens Super Bowl XLVII team.

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The New York Giants Super Bowl Rings 4 Championship Rings

The Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII ring is not the biggest super bowl championship ring. Compared to the Ravens ring from a year earlier, it really doesn’t compare at all.

The Ravens ring, shown above, was made by Jostens and contains an unbelievable 243 diamonds and weighs in at 88 grams. The Ravens ring is made of 10K gold, not 14K like most other super bowl rings. 10K gold is around 15% lighter then 14K gold. So visually, the Ravens ring is physically the largest super bowl ring ever produced, just not the heaviest.

The Seahawks ring, also shown above is made by Tiffany. The ring is made of 14K solid white gold. The Super Bowl XLVIII championship ring contains 64 round diamonds and 12 diamonds around the logo. There’s one large marquis diamond, representing the team’s first super bowl victory. The ring also contains 40 blue sapphire diamonds and 183 total diamonds. The Seahawks ring weighs in at 74 grams.

Although the Seahawks ring is dwarfed by the Ravens ring, all is not lost for Richard Sherman and his teammates: The Seahawks ring compares in size to the last two Tiffany produced rings for first time champions (see below).

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The New York Giants Super Bowl Rings 4 Championship Rings

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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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“Mine’s Bigger Than Yours!”

June 1, 2014

Mike Ditka and Ray Lewis compare sizes of their super bowl rings on a ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown broadcast.

super bowl rings Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears Championship ring

Ray Lewis and his Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII ring is more than twice the size of Coach Mike Ditka and the Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX ring.

Here are some neat facts about both rings:

Each ring was made by Jostens and both were made of solid 10 gold.

The Bears ring is 47 grams in weight while the Ravens Championship ring is 90 grams and contains a lot more diamonds.

The Bears ring has 40 diamonds, including one large center diamond, symbolizing the team’s first super bowl championship.

The Ravens ring has 245 diamonds and is made of 3.75 carats, and contains two large marquee diamonds, symbolizing the team’s two super bowl championships.

The bears ring has engraving on the inside (unusual on Super Bowl championship rings for this time period). Engraved on the inside is “Louisiana Superdome, January 26, 1986″, the player’s name and jersey number.

The Ravens ring has continued the trend of telling a story inside the ring. Engraved on the inside is the Ravens logo, “The Team, The Team, The Team”, and the four scores or their 2012 season playoff victories.

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The Baltimore Ravens Get Their Super Bowl Ring

The Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 2012 Super Bowl Ring contains a whopping 243 diamonds. Now that’s some serious bling!

Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 2012 Superbowl Ring

On Friday evening, June 7th, the Ravens received their Super Bowl championship rings during a private ceremony inside the Ravens’ field house.

It was a time to celebrate, reminisce, say thanks and pay tribute to an unforgettable championship run that featured big plays by quarterback Joe Flacco and clutch play by the defense.

Owner Steve Bisciotti opened the event by toasting late owner Art Modell, saying “without him, we wouldn’t be here.”  Then the players opened packages sitting in front of them on the table that held their rings.

What were their first impressions of the new ring?

“Blood diamonds.  All that blood for these diamonds,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said.  “The journey was long but it was worth it.  It was worth it.  But I will tell you this, I damn sure want to feel like this again.”

The Super Bowl ring, was created and made by Jostens. Of the 47 super bowl champion rings, this marks their 30th ring. The ring is made of white and yellow gold with 243 round-cut diamonds.  Jostens estimated the value is between $5,000 and $10,000.

In the center of the ring is the famous purple logo, the profile of the Ravens head (similar to their first championship ring). The logo is outlined with 40 round-cut diamonds sitting atop a custom-cut amethyst (purple) stone.  At the top of the ring are two Lombardi Trophies (one for each Ravens’ title).

One side of the ring features the player’s last name and the Ravens’ crest, with the words “Play Like A Raven” around it.  On the other side, there is the Lombardi Trophy sitting in front of the Superdome, where the Ravens won the championship.

The inside of the ring is engraved with the phrase “The Team, The Team, The Team,” which was coach John Harbaugh’s most memorable phrase from his introductory press conference. It also has the scores of the four playoff games along with the opponents’ logos.

The ring was designed with the help of Joe Flacco and linebacker Ray Lewis.

Asked if he would be wearing the ring, Flacco said, “It’s kind of unwearable.  When I go home and when I see people for the first time, I’m sure they’re going to have some interest in seeing it.  Or at least I’m going to have some interest in showing it off to them.  It’s pretty special.  You don’t come across these things too often.  So, I’m going to definitely want to show it off a little bit.”

Ray Lewis shows off his super bowl XXXV and XLVII Baltimore Ravens Superbowl Rings
Pictured above: Lewis, who announced his retirement before the Ravens’
Super Bowl run, is pictured with his 2000 Super Bowl ring and his 2012 version.

“When you’re in our business, to have two of them on my right hand now is the ultimate,” Lewis said. “There’s no better way to go out. I can hold this the rest of my life and know I went out a champ.”

This is a fitting culmination of the Ravens’ Super Bowl celebration. After losing seven starters this off-season, the Ravens realize the significance of Friday night’s ceremony.

“We had our parade, had our opportunity to meet the president and now you get to see your own personal hardware,” said wide receiver Torrey Smith, who couldn’t stop looking at his ring while talking to reporters. “You had a chance to hold the Lombardi, and now you get the rings and you realize that you’ve done it. It really symbolizes that this is the last time we’re all going to be together as a team. It’s definitely a special moment.”

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