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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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Ladies with Super Bowl Ring Bling!

June 10, 2014

The day before Super Bowl XLVIII took place, Katie Couric tweeted this amazing photograph. The photo shows five beautiful Superbowl rings, all worn by owners and executives of their respective team.

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Interestingly, although Jostens has made the most super bowl rings by a large margin, every single ring shown above was made by Tiffany and Company.

Here are some interesting facts about the people wearing the rings, and about the super bowl rings themselves.

Rita Benson LeBlanc is wearing the New Orleans Saints super bowl XLIV ring. She is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Saints and the granddaughter of Tom Benson, principal owner of the team. Rita is a rising star in the world of professional sports as she chairs the NFL Employee Benefits committee and has been identified as Tom Benson’s intended successor as principal owner of the team.

The Saints ring shown, from the 2009 season is the last Super Bowl Championship ring to be made in 14 carat yellow gold. It’s in yellow gold because it matches the teams colors. Every single Super Bowl Championship ring from that time forward has been made with white gold.

Another hand shown in the photo belongs to Carolyn Tisch-Sussman. Her family co-owns the New York Giants. Although she does not work for the Giants, she is doing quite well. She graduated from Yale university, magna cum laude and then received an M.B.A. from Harvard.

A third hand is from Carolyn’s sister, Emily Tisch-Sussman. She is the Director of Campaigns at Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The final hands belong to Laurie Tisch. She is showing two New York Giants Super Bowl rings – Super Bowl XLII and XLVI. Laurie’s father, Preston Robert Tisch, bought a half-interest in the Giants back in 1991.

The New York Giants 2007 Super Bowl ring was made by Tiffany and is 14K white gold. The ring has three large marquee diamonds, each representing the three super bowl championships the team had won. The ring contains the final score of the game (Giants 17, Patriots 14) and the other says “Eleven Straight on the Road,” a nod to the NFL record set by the Giants in 2007.

The 2011 Giants 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.

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New Orleans Saints give longtime announcer a Super Bowl ring

May 18, 2014

Saints Head coach Sean Payton presents the ring to Jerry Romig; the longtime stadium announcer for the Saints, who retired before the start of the 2013 season.

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Saints Owner Tom Benson, General Manager Mickey Loomis, President Dennis Lauscha and Romig family members were on hand as Coach Sean Payton made the presentation.

The longtime stadium announcer retired last season.

The Saints won Super bowl XLIV, beating Payton Manning and the colts 31-17 on Februray 7, 2010.

The Saints ring was made by Tiffany and is a 14 carat ring and around 57 grams. This was the last super bowl ring made in solid yellow gold as the trend since then has been to make the rings in solid white gold.

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Lance Moore’s Original Saints Super Bowl Ring Going To Auction

December 21, 2013

In a strange saga, the ring was stolen, recovered and is now being auctioned off because the New Orleans wideout didn’t want it back.

Saints Super bowl XLIV 2009 Ring

Memorabilia collectors don’t often get an opportunity to acquire the championship ring of active NFL players, who earn lucrative salaries and have few reasons to sell one off.

But they’ll get that chance thanks to the ring Saints receiver Lance Moore was awarded after Super Bowl XLIV — which, in a strange saga, was stolen, recovered and is now being auctioned off because the New Orleans wideout didn’t want it back.

In 2011, after Moore caught a two-point conversion to help the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010, his home in his native Ohio was broken into by people who have never been arrested, and his championship ring was taken, he said.

Moore, who has been with the Saints since 2005 and has caught 30 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown this year, had a replacement ring made. The original was eventually found in an abandoned storage unit in Las Vegas, according to Heritage Auctions, which describes itself as the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer.

Moore said he opted against getting the original ring back. Among numerous other features, it includes the engraving “Finish, Be Special, Smell Greatness.”

“I didn’t really want to keep the one that was stolen and had changed hands,” Moore said.

An insurance company paid out on the loss and acquired the ring. Now it will be up for bidding at Heritage Auctions’ website. Bidding starts Feb. 3 (the day after Super Bowl XLVIII), and the auction dates are Feb. 22 and 23.

Moore said he doesn’t get the appeal of bidding for his ring.

“I could see if I was Drew” Brees, who was MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, Moore said. “But I’m not Drew. If somebody’s going to spend a bunch of thousands of dollars on it, they’re (crazy) — unless they’re just that fanatical about it.”

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