On Sunday, football fans and non-fans alike will nosh on buffalo dip and guacamole and watch the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles battle for the coveted Lombardi Trophy. Winning the Super Bowl is big. Really Big.
And so are the rings designed to memorialize every football player’s biggest dream. Most jewelry tells a story, and that’s exactly what Super Bowl rings do—tell the story of the winning team, the big game and their season of glory.
After their triumph, the winning team comes up with design ideas for the ring and work with a manufacturer to execute their team’s story in gold and gemstones. And, there are usually lots and lots of diamonds. Last year, after the Patriots’ come-from-behind overtime win, the celebratory ring featured 283 diamonds, commemorating the team’s rally from a 28-3 deficit. That’s some serious bling with a serious price tag (an estimated $37,000 per ring, which is paid for by the NFL).
In fact, it seems like each year the rings get bigger and blingier. Most designs now include the team’s logo, the Lombardi trophy, and a declaration of the team as world champions, as well as each player’s name and number on the side. Subtle they are not, but commemorating the biggest day for the biggest men calls for big sparkle.
Because of their flash and size, most players don’t wear the rings on a regular basis. So, when they pull them out for a special event, they will want to make sure they are clean and sparkling. As with any piece of jewelry, Super Bowl rings should be cleaned with a formulation specially designed for cleaning jewelry and which is safe for the gemstones incorporated in the piece. With all the detail involved, using a small jewelry brush would help to get out any dirt or oils from around the stones and in the crevices. We think a Sparkle + Shine Stick would be perfect for the job, along with a polishing cloth for that champion-worthy finishing touch.
Photo Credit: Jostens. Jostens has made the most Super Bowl Rings in history, with 33 to their credit.
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