It takes a 20-year career, a series of Most Valuable Player awards, 18 All-Star selections and participation in the Olympics to rate a 4.87-carat diamond retirement ring. But that’s just what Jason of Beverly Hills presented Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night after his final in-season game at the Staples Center.
The ring is made up of round white diamonds set onto about 70 grams of 14 karat yellow and white gold. The five large diamonds on the face of the ring signify the five championships Bryant earned over the course of his 20-year career. The sides showcase Bryant’s nickname “Black Mamba,” as well as the two jersey numbers he wore during his time with the Lakers. A spot on the inside of the ring was reserved for a strip of snakeskin as a nod to his Black Mamba nickname.
“Growing up watching Kobe play, it was an honor to design and create a ring that helped celebrate his amazing career. It is definitely a design that embraces elements of each of his five championship rings,” said Jason Arasheben, chief executive officer of Jason of Beverly Hills.
In his final NBA game on Wednesday night, Bryant scored 60 points – the highest tally by any single NBA player this season — as the Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz, including 23 points in the final quarter. He retires as the league’s number-three all-time high scorer.