The Miami Heat announced in early October that they had teamed up with leading ring designer Jostens for the creation of the team's 2012 NBA Championship ring, as well as a collection of championship jewelry. On Tuesday evening (October 30), LeBron James and the rest of the team finally got them.
During an on-court ceremony at AmericanAirlines Arena, before they hosted the Boston Celtics to open the 2012-13 season, the team were presented with their rings. For some of the players, Lebron for example, it was their first.
Each custom ring will include symbols of the HEAT championship legacy and personalization that will enable the rings to serve as individual trophies for every player, coach and member of The HEAT Group. Here's some of the first images and details.
The rings are made of 14K white and yellow gold, boast 219 diamonds (46 custom princess cut) totaling 10.8 carats, three custom onyx stones, and weighs in at 115 grams.
The top features the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy in 14-karat yellow gold, featuring one round, half carat brilliant cut diamond set in the basketball of the trophy, while the Heat logo is set atop the trophy with 31 round brilliant cut diamonds. The words "WORLD" and "CHAMPIONS" frame the top of the ring and are surrounded by 46 custom, princess cut diamonds, while 98 round brilliant cut diamonds are set around the rest of the ring.
On one side, two NBA Championship Trophies set with 43 round brilliant cut diamonds, representing the 2006 and 2012 Heat NBA Championships. "FAMILY" is inscribed below the two trophies and embodies the tight-knit organization's belief that everyone is a part of the Heat family and responsible for the team's championship success. The HEAT and NBA logos are cast to the right of the trophies.
The other side features the individual's name and the year 2012. Below the name is the ALL IN Team Championship Trophy, created with two custom cut, onyx stones. The words "ALL IN" -- the team's rally cry throughout the playoffs -- are encrusted in gold. On the base of the trophy are 16 bars in yellow gold that represent each win during the playoffs. Surrounding the onyx trophy is a circle created with the numbers of the 15 players who made up the 2012 championship team.
On the inside of the ring, the phrase, "FORGED IN THE FIRE BETWEEN A HAMMER AND ANVIL" is engraved, which captures the team's belief that they created their championship success through hard work and the intensity of the NBA season. The date 6-21-12 sits below and represents the day the team captured their second NBA Championship.