Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup rings feature over 300 diamonds (Photo)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will raise a fourth Stanley Cup banner to the rafters on Thursday night before their opener against the Washington Capitals. On Monday, the team revealed the bling that their players earned for defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games last June.
Better get your shades on because these things are quite blingy.
The Penguins received their rings during a private ceremony at the Heinz History Center on Monday.
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The ring itself is white gold, with STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS is yellow gold. On one side are four diamond-encrusted Stanley Cup trophies for the four titles in franchise history, while the other features the player’s name and number, all in diamonds, of course.
Other details from the Penguins:
The iconic Penguins logo crest is custom-cut in a genuine black onyx stone with a half-carat pear-shaped diamond within the Penguin’s torso. The Penguin’s hockey stick features one tapered baguette diamond, and the triangle in the background of the logo, representing the shape of downtown, is made up of 18 yellow diamonds, thereby giving the ring a sense of depth. Thirty custom-cut princess diamonds are set in a circle around the perimeter, with an additional 15 stones set behind the logo crest.
The inside arbor is engraved with the team motto, “Just Play,” and the records of the four playoff series wins on the path to Stanley Cup glory.
According to Jostens division VP Chris Poitras, the Penguins’ rings feature “over 300 diamonds totaling almost 9 brilliant carats.”
— Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) October 11, 2016
As you can imagine, Stanley Cup rings have changed since the Penguins won their first title in 1991. Just take a look at the evolution of the jewelry that Mario Lemieux owns.
We’re getting to the point where someday soon some team’s Cup ring is just going to be one gargantuan diamond in the shape of a hockey glove.
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