Since the beginning of time, the symbol of championships would be embodied by the trophy. The word trophy originates from the Greek word trepein, and was originally an ornamental group of symbolic objects arranged for display, usually weapons and other spoils of a defeated army, used as representation of victory. This symbol of victory is awarded to the winning team and is regarded as the symbol of unity, persistence, teamwork, and all that comes with it.
The Problem with Trophies
However, since only one championship trophy is awarded to the winning team, the spoils of victory, and personal contributions, are sometimes forgotten. To solve this problem, teams give out cheaper mini-trophies to each player. However these trophies also have their problems:
- Big and Bulky - Once you receive it, it goes on the shelf to collect dust and take up space
- Limited in Design - Plastic top and stone bottom. No room for team or league logos or team colors.
- Unoriginal - Once you've seen one, you've seen them all.
To solve the problems posed by trophies, leagues needed to introduce something that would hold the same sentimental value as a trophy, as well as be the most sought-out collectible out there.
Enter the Age of The Championship Ring
The first championship rings were given to the New York Yankees after their win at the 1927 World Series. Since then, almost every professional and college sports league awards players, and team officials, championship rings for winning their annual tournament or championship.
Since the first championship rings were awarded in 1927, the level of detail and shine has increased exponentially. Every year the bar gets raised for the caliber of quality associated with championship rings.
In 2018, the Golden State Warriors even received the first ever reversible rings, allowing the players to switch the color of the stones on top of the ring from white to blue.
The Cubic Zirconia (CZ) Revolution
In the past, custom jewelry was a very exclusive and expensive endeavor. However, with the introduction of the cubic zirconia stone, one of the best known man-made diamond simulants, now everyone could own diamond encrusted jewelry for a fraction of the price.
While the cubic zirconia (CZ) provided affordable stones, the electroplating technique allowed for the production of rings that used a cheaper, durable base metal (like zinc, copper, or brass) to be coated with a precious metal, such as sterling silver, platinum, or 18K gold. Electroplating can increase the appearance of color uniformity in jewelry. The process usually improves tarnish resistance, meaning your jewelry will stay polished and beautiful for a longer period of time.
FoxRings is a leader in implementing these technologies and always stays up-to-date with any technological advancements, passing on the savings to their customers.
In addition to these techniques, FoxRings also uses 3D printing technologies to speed up the production process. By 3D printing the ring mold first, we are able to prototype designs and fit the perfect stones without having to wait for casting.
The time has never been better to design rings. The process is simple and the work speaks for itself. Whether you're a little league team, a large gaming tournament, or an individual looking to design a ring, FoxRings can help you turn your vision into a reality.
Big Wins Deserve Big Recognition.