Championship rings are among the most popular type of sports memorabilia among collectors. Authentic originals, needless to say, are very expensive. Replicas of these championship rings, however, are generally attainable by anyone, with price points ranging from costume jewelry to the high end, finer pieces. Because of this, they're a great way to get your feet wet. Any sport with a championship also has a championship ring. The most popularly replicated rings include those awarded to victorious teams or schools in the major sports like World Series rings, Super Bowl rings, Stanley Cup or NBA Finals rings and collegiate bowl game rings.
A good step to take before you even start shopping is to become intimately familiar with the appearance of the original, authentic ring you're trying to duplicate. A basic image search on the internet should tell you all you need to know in this regard. Another good idea is to make sure that you're familiar with a seller's return policy before making a purchase from them. That way, you don't get stuck with a ring you're disappointed in.
As far as the design of championship rings in general is concerned, it closely mirrors that of class rings for men. There are numerous details incorporated into the design of a championship ring, including, but not limited to, the team's colors, the date of the championship, etc. Because so much information is engraved on the ring itself, it is necessarily bulky. The metals used in the design of authentic championship rings is (almost) invariably either yellow or white gold. Occasionally, platinum is also employed. Much less expensive metals are often used in replica rings, such as pewter, brass, and sterling silver. In either case, original or replica rings sometimes include embellishments or center stones that are diamonds or other gems.
Now, we have been using that word “replica” quite liberally in this post. So, before concluding, we feel it necessary to clarify that sometimes that term can be a bit of a misnomer. Most so-called “replica” championship rings aren't actually exact duplicates of the authentic originals. Rather, recreations are available in varying degrees of resemblance. This is due, in large part, to the fact that even original manufacturers have to get permission from the teams themselves to make exact replicas available to the general public. Some franchises grant such permission, and some don't. Honestly, the best place to buy replica championship rings is eBay. Click the listings below to see what's available now.
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