Most Super Bowl rings have similar features. The team's name and logo usually appear on the face. The date of the game, that year's emblem, and player numbers and positions also appear somewhere on the ring.
The Saints followed suit and did just that...and so much more.
The design of the ring is a collaboration. Several jewelry firms, players, fans, and the front office weighed in on this glorious piece.
It needed to be special. It needed to represent the first ever Super Bowl win. It does just that, but so much more.
Although my repertoire of being up close and personal to a Super Bowl ring is limited to just this one, I have to say I can't imagine any other being as exquisite.
I am sure seeing it on my husband's hand made it all that more special. No, my husband is not a player, nor is he part of their front office, but for a brief moment he felt like it.
We were at an afterparty when defensive end, Jeff Charleston let us take a few pictures of the ring and then he asked if he would like to try it on. The answer was yes followed by more pictures wearing the ring.
The craftsmanship is impeccable, but it plays second fiddle to the details of the design.
The face of the ring is just as many expected; a fleur-de-lis trimmed in black. Mickey Loomis, the Saints general manager said, "Our team has such a deep connection to the city, and the fleur-de-lis is not just an emblem of the Saints, it represents the region."
It gets even better. There are 44 diamonds to represent the Super Bowl they won.
The sixteen diamonds along the outside represent the sixteen wins of the season, with a roughly half carat diamond sitting in the middle to represent the first ever win in franchise history.
One side has this year's Super Bowl XLIV emblem, along with the final score and date of the momentous occasion. The other side has the players' names, numbers, and positions, along with with many things that are unique to the city.
There is the St.Louis Cathedral, a line of musical notes for "When The Saints Go Marching In" and the Superdome.
However it is the Lombardi Trophy that is what sticks out the most in my mind. Yes, it is great to see it next our fleur-de-lis, but how many teams have it on a float?
You guessed it, Lombardi Gras is exactly where it should be—riding high along the skyline of downtown New Orleans with our Super Bowl Champions on board.
Talk about "Bling!"
The rings presented to the players this past week are the exclamation point to an incredible season. A time to celebrate what has been accomplished.
No one wants to see it end, but the truth is there is work to be done. It is time to get ready for the next season.
Now that they have tasted such sweet rewards for their hard work, they want a second helping.