Making amendments to the highly coveted memento that every rugby player wants on their finger, is a tough going business. The NRL Premiership Ring, a stunning piece of bling, is only awarded to those who complete a victory lap on grand final day with this year’s 2018 successful Premiers being the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos.
Affinity Diamonds continue to be honoured to craft this ring year after year and following the positive response from the players fortunate enough to win a grand final ring last year, only slight changes were needed to be made to 2018’s legacy item.
Fox Sports presenters Yvonne Sampson and Lara Pitt helped design these changes to the 2018 edition of the white gold rings, which each feature 160 black and white diamonds and are individually numbered.
The girls spent time in the workshop looking at previous designs, diamonds, shapes and colours. They suggested a few changes including an octagonal shape for the top with black diamonds in the background to really enhance and showcase the NRL logo and chevron. The final finish looks truly stunning.
The Premiers receive 20 rings – 17 for the winning players, one for the coach and two additional pieces for the winning club to distribute. The governing body also gets a ring to display at the NRL museum at Moore Park.
In addition to the NRL Premiership Rings, Affinity Diamonds also creates the bespoke Hall of Fame ring, the 300 Club ring and all the medals received on both the Grand Final day and at the Dally M Awards prior.
The 2017 edition had some subtle changes to the previous rings: the word “premiers” was emblazoned across the version the Storm and Cowboys played for, while a new configuration of rose-gold and diamonds brought the design to life.
After discussions with Frank Puletua (the manager of the NRL’s awards programs) and following the positive response from the players fortunate enough to win a grand final ring in 2016, Affinity Diamonds agreed to make just subtle changes to the 2016 ring. A few changes to the application of gold and black really brings out the setting of the diamonds in each row. While the changes are only subtle, the finish looks absolutely amazing.