After allowing fans all over the world a moment or two with the 2010 Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks turned their attention Wednesday night to the bling.
Bling as in rings. Championship rings.
In keeping with NHL tradition, the Blackhawks held a private celebration Wednesday to present rings to the 2010 Stanley Cup champions.
The Hawks showed off team captain Jonathan Toews' ring to the media before making individual presentations at a private party in Chicago.
All of the players from last year's team were invited, and those who couldn't make it will get their rings privately as well. Former Hawks Adam Burish, now with Dallas, and Kris Versteeg, now with Toronto, attended the party.
"We haven't seen a couple of those guys in a while," Hawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "Things happened so quickly here in the summer, so it was going to be nice to catch up and talk about last year."
The ring crest features the Blackhawks logo and Stanley Cup, fashioned in round brilliant and marquis cut diamonds against a background of 14 karat white gold. The diamond-covered top is framed on the left side by "STANLEY CUP" and on the right side by "CHAMPIONS" to record the Blackhawks' achievement.
One side design features seven baguette-cut rubies and two pear-shaped emeralds set in the shape of the Blackhawks' crossed tomahawks. The team symbol is set against the background of a "C" formed in yellow gold and yellow diamonds to recognize the team's hometown. Each ring is personalized with a championship team member's name and respective number against an antique black background.
On the opposite side, a diamond-studded Stanley Cup and the 2010 season's motto: One Goal. The world famous cup is framed from top to bottom in fine detail with "Chicago Blackhawks" and the years 2010, 1961, 1938 and 1934 to document the team's championship history.
"We were honored to help the Chicago Blackhawks capture their story with a ring that reflects the team's memorable Stanley Cup season and their great tradition," said Chris Poitras, director, sports marketing and development, at Jostens. "Understanding the importance of the Blackhawks' iconic crest, Jostens' master jewelers took an innovative design approach to successfully detail important team symbols in a one-of-a-kind championship ring."
Intricate engraving on the inside of each player's ring adds to the distinctive design. The National Hockey League shield and playoff team logos acknowledge the four playoff opponents and series' scores. The total weight of the championship ring is 91 grams and includes 404 diamonds and gemstones totaling approximately 8 carats.