As the saying goes: "to the victor go the spoils."
And there is a lot on the line as the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots meet in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, on the field and off.
The competition for football dominance is not just played in the stadium, but in jewelry and precious metals as Super Bowl rings get more intricate and include more attitude. Currently the Patriots franchise, with their 2017 win, holds the title for the biggest ring, which features the most diamonds.
The design comes with a lot of brashness as it features 283 diamonds, representing the score 28 to 3, in the third quarter when the Patriots staged the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history against the Atlanta Falcons.
Franchises have stopped revealing the costs of the ever-more elaborate rings. The last time the value of a ring was revealed was in 2015, when the Patriots paid a total of $5.475 million for 150 rings, each ring was worth more than $36,000.
The ring designed by Jostens, which is one of only four companies that have ever been hired to design the rings: Tiffany & Co. (TIF) , Balfour, Jostens, and Diamond Cutters International (DCI).
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According to some sports pundits, the 2018 ring could continue the trend of outshining its predecessors as there are some serious bragging rights on the line.
When the dust settles Sunday and if the Patriots become the victors, this would be the franchise's sixth Super Bowl win, and it would tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles.
On the other side of the field, a victory for the Eagles would taste pretty sweet as it would be the franchise's first win. It would also be a chance for the Eagles to get some revenge against the Patriots, in this much anticipated rematch. In 2005 the two team fought bitter battle with the Patriots winning 24 to 21.
Of course, let's not forget about the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy, which is hand-crafted by Tiffany. The trophy, made of sterling silver, sits 22 inches high and weighs about 7 pounds. At current prices, the trophy has a melt value of $1,400.
A fun fact about the trophy: it was originally designed on the back of a cocktail napkin.
By: Neils Christensen of www.kitco.com.
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