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2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers Receive Rings in Opening Night Ceremony

October 25, 2016
Championship Ring
Kay Jewelers | Baron


The Cleveland Cavaliers commemorated their first NBA Championship in a historic pregame ceremony, highlighted by the presentation of Championship rings, prior to their 2016-17 season opener vs. the New York Knicks on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, joined by Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert and vice-chairmen Nate Forbes and Jeff Cohen, along with General Manager David Griffin, presented Cavs players and coaches with their distinctive Championship rings that celebrate the team’s journey that delivered the first-ever NBA title and the first major sports championship in 52 years to the city of Cleveland.

In brilliant detail, the jeweled band captures the story of the Cavaliers historic and dramatic championship run to become the only team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit and win the NBA Championship when they defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7, 93-89.

The approximately 6.5 carat ring is encrusted with over 400 diamonds plus a one carat diamond that adorns the top of the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Each ring is set in 10K white gold and 14K yellow gold and is the heaviest NBA Championship ring ever made, weighing in at 165 grams and 105 pennyweights.

Kay Jewelers is the official provider of the Cavs championship rings, which were manufactured by Baron Championship Rings.

Northeast Ohio-based Kay Jewelers, the number one jewelry store in America, is the Official Provider of the Cavaliers 2016 Championship Ring. “We are thrilled to be the Official Ring Provider of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers,” said Mark Light, CEO, Kay Jewelers. “As a proud northeast Ohio-based business, we shared in the excitement the Cavs brought to this area in delivering the first major sports championship in 52 years, and are honored to present a championship ring worthy of such a historic achievement.”

For over 25 years, Baron Championship Rings has manufactured custom championship rings that celebrate the accomplishments of championship teams around the world. “We were honored to partner with the Cavaliers to celebrate the amazing story of the team’s historic journey to winning its first NBA Championship,” said Peter Kanis, president of Baron Championship Rings.”


While the Cavs player rings are truly unique and exclusive to the team, over 2,000 full and part time Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena “Team Behind the Team,” members will also receive their very own Championship Ring courtesy of Dan Gilbert and the Cavs ownership group. The rings are similar to, and inspired by, the player rings in their design and related story elements. This ring program is a showing of appreciation that celebrates and rewards the hard work and dedication from everyone across the organization, no matter what their specific role was, in the Cavaliers championship journey.


  • The phrase “WORLD CHAMPIONS” is proudly displayed along the top and bottom bezel in 14K yellow gold. Each letter is framed in diamonds, using a total of 216 diamonds to represent Cleveland’s area code, as well as a nod to the popular “All In to 16” motto, which was a dominate theme of the Cavs playoff push.

  • In the center, the Cleveland Cavaliers “C” logo is comprised of custom cut dark garnet that wraps around the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy, also made in 14K yellow gold. The black accent outlining the “C” represents the turning point in the championship run when the Cavs won three straight games after choosing to wear their black-sleeved uniforms for Games 5 and 7. Fans wore black tee shirts for Game 6 because of league rule that calls for light uniforms for home games during the playoffs.

  • A one carat diamond sits atop the trophy to represent the team’s first-ever NBA championship.

  • In the background, 100 diamonds represent the number of Cavaliers playoff victories in the team’s history to win a championship.

  • Cascading the right and left edges are 46 diamonds (23 per side) which represent the 46 years that the Cleveland Cavaliers organization has been in existence (1970-2016).

  • The player numbers in 14K yellow gold, each with an accompanying diamond divider, encircle the top of the ring in sequential order. Each player ring has his own distinct number encrusted in diamonds displayed in a banner that drops down into a representation of the iconic Cleveland skyline to symbolize the connectivity between the city and the team.


  • On one shoulder, the artistic representation of the Cleveland skyline is the center piece distinguished by the Terminal Tower, Key Tower, 200 Public Square, Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse, Quicken Loans Arena and the Detroit-Superior Bridge. Underneath the bridge is the Roman numeral LII (52) to symbolize that Cleveland’s 52 year championship drought, aka “The Curse,” is now water under the bridge. Below the skyline “CLE” is embedded in 14K yellow gold.


  • The opposite shoulder features the player’s name in 14K yellow gold and the winning championship year of 2016, with the ‘0’ replaced with the NBA logo. The state of Ohio salutes the Cavs connection to a passionate state-wide fan base, and is encrusted with 11 diamonds to signify the number of years the franchise has been under the ownership of a group led by Dan Gilbert (2005).


  • On the interior side of the ring is a line of seven gemstones to represent the best-of-seven games in an NBA Finals series. In the order the games were won, three white diamonds depict the Golden State Warriors and four genuine “wine-colored” garnets represent the Cavaliers, symbolizing the first time in NBA history that any team has overcome a 3-1 deficit to become NBA Champions.

  • At the start of the NBA Playoffs, each Cavaliers player along with head coach Tyronn Lue was assigned a section of a 16-piece puzzle that represented the number of wins necessary for a championship, and that when fully assembled, piece-by-piece following every victory, would form the image of the Larry O’Brien trophy. A 14K yellow gold custom symbol depicting each players individual puzzle piece is embedded to personalize each ring. A round black diamond is another reminder of the positive impact of the team’s sleeved black uniforms.

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