Raptors championship rings set pro sports record for most diamonds (PHOTOS)

Oct 22 2019, 10:45 pm

Point guard, NBA Champion, and now, ring designer.

The Toronto Raptors officially tipped off their 2019-20 season against the New Orleans Pelicans, meaning their NBA title defence has officially begun.

Prior to the game, however, the team celebrated the historic achievement of last year with a pre-game banner-unveiling ceremony that included players and staff receiving their championship rings.

It’s tradition that the rings themselves are usually a surprise for the players, but Kyle Lowry was actually a big part of the collaborative design process.

The ring features 74 diamonds on its face, representing the number of wins during the 2018-19 season, and includes the team’s NORTH chevron jersey logo, Scotiabank Arena, hints of the Toronto skyline, and the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

 

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A historic ring for a historic accomplishment. #WeTheNorth

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Diamonds and rubies line the outer edges of the ring with the shoulders of the bling featuring the players’ name and ‘WORLD CHAMPIONS.’

Personalized messages unique to each player are engraved on the inside, along with a ruby set inside a maple leaf and the championship series scores.

 

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There’s a lot of details in the #Raptors’ championship rings 👀

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The actual ring was created by Canadian-based company Baron Championship Rings in collaboration with MLSE, Raptors Management and Lowry.

“The majority of the input on this ring was Kyle’s,” said Drina Baron-Zinyk, VP at Baron Championship Rings in a media release. “The ownership felt that he was the one best to speak for the team.”

The Raptors say their ring sets the record for most diamonds of any professional championship ring with more than 640 and is the largest NBA championship ring ever made.

“My hand hurts, it’s a little heavy,” Fred VanVleet joked when asked about the new bling.

As for Lowry, well he had a vision for the ring to represent more than just the team.

“This isn’t just a ring for the Raptors. It’s a ring for the city of Toronto and the country of Canada,” Kyle Lowry said. “The details in the ring reflect things that are important to us and are symbolic of our championship season. I think it’s one of the best rings in the history of the NBA.”

Fans who attended the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans received replica rings – with just a couple less diamonds – but for Superfan Nav Bhatia, the organization delivered above and beyond.

As for the design, overall pretty nice, if you ask us. Well done, Kyle.