The Golden State Warriors received their Championship rings for the 2021-2022 NBA season on Tuesday. What makes this new ring so unique?
The rings were created by Jason Arashaben, the owner of Los Angeles jewelry store, Jason by Beverly Hills.
According to Arahshaben, Warriors assistant GM Kirk Lacob wanted the team’s 2022 rings to mirror the ones the team received in 2015, the start of their dynasty.
“The journey matters,” says Lacob, who spearheaded the design process. “That is the story you are trying to tell with any ring. The ring itself is cool, it’s flashy. But what it really is, is the physical manifestation of the journey. It’s supposed to remind you of everything you went through.”
As with all Championship rings, they are 16 carats, signifying the number of playoff wins needed to win an NBA championship.
The rings’ designs are modelled after the Warriors’ home, the Chase Center. The arena’s exterior can be seen around the outside of the ring, much like the 2015 ring’s resemblance to Oracle Arena. There’s also a view of the interior of the arena down the side.
There are .91 carats of white diamonds on the inner bezel to honor the team’s 91% home winning percentage in the postseason.
The Warriors used yellow diamonds to make up the primary face of the ring, the first time that’s been done for a championship ring, per the Warriors website.
There are seven carats to represent Golden State’s seven championships. The yellow is meant to represent the Warriors’ “Gold-Blooded” slogan it used for much of last year’s postseason.
There is also a secret compartment in each player’s ring that opens to show how many championships each player as won. That is accessible through a lever on the ring.
On the face of the ring, a carve-out of the Bay Bridge is made up of 43 white diamond baguettes — representing Stephen Curry’s 43-point performance in Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals.
One side of each ring features the player’s last name, and then the records of each of the team’s playoff series victories. On the other is the organization’s seven Larry O’Brien Trophies displayed.
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