Rings of the Super Bowl – An Evolution

By: Amanda L. Colborn

This Super Bowl weekend we thought it would be fun to share with you the evolution of championship rings throughout the years.  Starting from the very beginning at Super Bowl I, before moving closer and closer to our present Super Bowl in five year increments, we will share with you how the design and grandeur of the ring has evolved throughout this 49-year American tradition.

Let’s start off discussing the value of championship rings. The monetary value of a Super Bowl ring is actually subjective.  For instance, in May of 2012, former New York Giants player Lawrence Taylor sold his Super Bowl XXV ring (shown below) from 1991 at an auction for $231,601.  The value of the ring is determined by the player and the value that the buyer personally feels the ring is worth.

However, the NFL does allocate $5,000 per ring to make up to 150 championship rings for the players, coaches and other team personnel.  Anything above and beyond that $5,000 is up to the team to allocate themselves.  As you will see below, $5,000 isn’t much anymore to keep on-track with how impressive the rings keep on getting.

Let’s look at their evolution now:

 

Super Bowl I - Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl I – Green Bay Packers

First and foremost, we have the first ever Super Bowl championship ring. Though beautiful and impressive in it’s own right – it definitely lacks the luster and sparkle we commonly see in more present-day championship rings.

Super Bowl V - Baltimore Colts

Super Bowl V – Baltimore Colts

Five years after Super Bowl I, we are introduced to the Super Bowl V championship ring, presented to the former Baltimore Colts.  You can see how the ring has evolved to incorporate the team logo and gemstones with a center diamond.

Super Bowl X - Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh Steelers

The Super Bowl X championship ring features two center diamonds, replacing the gem logo that we saw in the previous image.  Still evolving but not all that different or flashy from the previous five years.

Super Bowl XV - Oakland Raiders

Super Bowl XV – Oakland Raiders

We really start seeing a difference in design and added embellishments with the Super Bowl XV championship ring.  This ring keeps two center diamonds but adds several other lustrous diamonds surrounding the two center stones.

 

Super Bowl XX - Chicago Bears

Super Bowl XX – Chicago Bears

This ring from Super Bowl XX is truly breathtaking! The entire center of the ring, complete with logo, is encrusted in diamonds. The ring also features yellow gold which had previously gone out of style but then made a comeback, it really helps draw the eye to the gorgeous, diamond center.

Super Bowl XXV - New York Giants

Super Bowl XXV – New York Giants

This is the beautiful, Super Bowl XXV championship ring that was auctioned off in 2012 for $231,601 as discussed earlier. This ring is even more impressive than the previous as the gold is much brighter, and rather than several very small diamonds, this ring features several larger, gorgeous diamonds.

Super Bowl XXX - Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys

In true Texas style, this ring is big and attention-grabbing! We would expect nothing less from Dallas than a gorgeous, center star made of diamonds. Following years have big shoes to fill after this ring was released.

Super Bowl XXXV - Baltimore Ravens

Super Bowl XXXV – Baltimore Ravens

Truly unique, this ring incorporates yellow diamonds as well as white diamonds within the logo, and a ruby gemstone as the eye of the Raven.  This ring is really breathtaking and truly made for a Baltimore champion to wear with pride.

Super Bowl XL - Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl XL – Pittsburgh Steelers

This picture is perfect because it allows you to see just how big these rings are.  This ring takes up almost half a finger of a pro NFL player. Covered in diamonds, gold and an impressive center logo, this ring commands attention.

Super Bowl XLV - Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl XLV – Green Bay Packers

And finally, coming full circle from where we started, is the Green Bay Packers championship ring from Super Bowl XLV.  Quite the difference from their initial ring won in 1967. This ring is essentially all diamonds as you can tell from the picture. With a huge logo in the center, also made out of diamonds, it is clear that the championship rings have come along way and how seriously they are taken within the NFL.

So there we have it – the evolution of the Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl I to Super Bowl XLV.

Stay tuned this Sunday for Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. Good luck to both teams and may your Super Bowl championship rings continue to grow and evolve into the years to come. We can’t wait to see how the ring for this year’s champions turn out!

Facebook Favorites – January 2015

By: Amanda L. Colborn

With January coming to an end, we wanted to take a moment to recognize some of the awesome engagement we have received on our American Gem Society Facebook page.

January was one of our best months yet and features images from members including: Ritani, Forevermark, Steven Kretchmer Design, Omi Privé, Simon G. Jewelry and many more!

Of the posts that were displayed in January, the following five received the top engagement, which includes likes, shares and comments:

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First up, we have gorgeous ring from Simon G. Jewelry.  This ring features a huge emerald cut stone, set in silver and surrounded by a halo of white diamonds.  This post really resonated with our audience, not just because of the jewelry but the awesome details surrounding the piece that accentuate it’s beauty perfectly.  We love this picture and that beautiful emerald ring!

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Emeralds were popular this month because coming in at number four, is a stunning emerald ring from Molina Fine Jewelers.  This big, bold and beautiful ring features a square cut emerald.  The setting is unique, a yellow gold claw prong setting which helps draw the eye to the center stone. The diamond-encrusted silver band adds the perfect touch to really make this ring a show stopper!

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Number three is a huge and amazing blue topaz ring from Goshwara.  If you love blue topaz, or you’re born in December — then this is the ring for you!  A giant stone, surrounded by sparkling diamonds making this ring an eye-catching embellishment to any outfit.  Our Facebook audience always responds well to large gemstones, and we can tell by the engagement that we hit the nail on the head with this image.

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Multiple designs often do well on our Facebook page and these beauties from Steven Kretchmer Design were no exception. These designs are part of Steven Kretchmer’s Tension-Set™ Collection and are unique because it literally appears as if the stone is just suspended in the ring.  This gives you a 360 degree view of the entire stone, so greater detail while allowing you to really appreciate every aspect of the gorgeous gem.

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Last and certainly not least, we found our winner for January in Forevermark. The fancy yellow diamond rings are each completely different, yet totally and equally beautiful. Ranging from no halo to a double halo, it is impossible to miss the level of detail and thought that goes behind each of these incredible designs.  Our audience loved commenting on this image and pointing out their favorite. To be honest, we couldn’t pick just one to love!

And there we have it, your January 2015 Facebook Favorites! Tell us which of these YOU like best!

Instagram Favorites

By Kevin P. McVay

blogWe’ve been getting a lot of new followers on our Instagram account over the last month. Since we love reposting photos of our members’ fine jewelry pieces, we’d like to share some of them with you. Here’s a look at the top three posts that our followers absolutely loved:

The top image of a 7.52ct diamond ring from Alson Jeweler’s sparked a positive note among Instagrammers. The brilliance of the center diamond is beyond compare!

The middle image is a unique yellow pearl ring from Mastoloni Pearls. Accented in diamonds, this piece gathered quite a lot of attention.

The bottom image features an Omi Prive ring party of gorgeous gemstones surrounded by diamonds in a fashionable halo design. We just had to share it!

Which jewelry pieces stand out to you? Please comment below and let us know. If you’d like to see more beautiful jewelry from our AGS members, please follow the American Gem Society on Instagram.

Social Media Highlights

By Kevin P. McVay

Happy Monday! Today we’d like to feature some jewelry from our members that have been popular among our Facebook fans over the last few weeks.

On the left is a piece that our online friends really liked. It’s a brilliant diamond ring set in yellow gold with a twist of smaller diamonds from Hight & Randall, Personal Jeweler. The stunning Suna Bros. sapphire and diamond halo ring in the middle also received a lot of positive discussion. Lastly, our followers raved about the one-of-a-kind emerald and diamond ring on the right, a gorgeous piece from Swalstead Jewelers!

All three of these unique rings really hit home with our audience. Which one is your favorite? As always, please feel free to sound off in the comments. To see even more beautiful jewelry from our members, please visit the American Gem Society Facebook page.

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