Capitals Get First Glimpse At Stanley Cup Championship Rings
Capitals players, coaches and staff "got their first look at their names engraved on the Stanley Cup and received their championship rings" at a private gathering yesterday, according to Scott Allen of the WASHINGTON POST. The 14-karat white and yellow gold rings "feature 230 round diamonds, 22 princess-cut diamonds, 28 taper-cut rubies, seven star-shaped rubies and a star-shaped sapphire." The top of the ring "features the Capitals' wordmark surrounded by 27 pavé-set diamonds and encircled by 28 taper-cut rubies." When viewed from the top, the player’s name "appears on the left side of the ring above a 14-karat white gold Capitol building flanked by a star-shaped ruby and star-shaped sapphire." The player’s number, which is "set with seven to 18 diamonds, appears to the right of the Capitol building." The right side of the ring features the year, "set with 26 diamonds, the Stanley Cup, set with 20 diamonds, and a star-shaped ruby on the trophy" to represent the team’s first championship. Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis pledged to give "every full-time employee" who worked for Monumental Sports & Entertainment on June 7 a "less lavish championship ring." The team has also "made 145 gold championship rings featuring 'approximately 258 round diamonds' available to the public at a cost of $12,018" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/2).