Apparently, gaudy jewelry rules and pro jocks love big rocks! Are these
things actually rings or sparkling branding irons? When it comes to
professional sports teams celebrating their championship year with
commemorative rings, the NFL is in a league of its own.
The 2009 Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the only team to win
the Super Bowl six times, recently received its self-designed
super-size championship ring at a ceremony held at the East Club Lounge
at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The 2009 Super Bowl ring of the Pittsburgh Steelers is black and gold,
weighs 3.7 ounces, and has 63 diamonds on a black background. The 63
diamonds add up to a total of 3.61 carats. The ring contains six large
brilliant-cut diamonds to commemorate the team?s six Super Bowl-winning
seasons. Additionally, there are seven diamonds at the tips of the ring
for the team being conference champions seven times, and seven more to
incorporate the team?s 14 division titles into the design.
The face of the 14-karat gold ring contains three stones of red, blue,
and yellow that forms the Steelers's hypocycloid-shape logo. One side
of the ring notes the final score, 27-23, of the game. The other side
is personalized with the owner's name, the Steelers' helmet logo, the
NFL's logo, and the jersey number of the player. Super Bowl
championship rings are given to team members, coaches, owners, and key
staff members of the organization.
The ring for the winners of Super Bowl XLIII is so large it looks more
like a broach than a bracelet. It is nearly twice the size of the ring
the Steelers' received when they won the 2006 Super Bowl.