Cubs receive World Series rings featuring diamonds, rubies and sapphires

CHICAGO -- The Cubs received their 2016 World Series rings in a pregame ceremony Wednesday as commissioner Rob Manfred watched from home plate. The rings contain 214 diamonds at 5.5 karats, 3 karats of genuine red rubies and 2.5 karats of genuine sapphires.

While there are 214 total diamonds in the ring, the bezel is surrounded by 108 round white diamonds -- symbolizing the 108 years the franchise had gone without a title before the 2016 championship.

The Cubs tweeted out images of the rings.

One side features the player's name set atop the "W" flag the team flies after every victory, which is created with 31 round white diamonds and a fire blue corundum understone that forms the "W."

The other side features the year 2016 above the Wrigley Field faade and marquee, displaying the message "Cubs Win!" A silhouette of the World Series Trophy sits below the marquee with a large round white diamond set in the center, signifying the 2016 World Series victory. Two princess-cut diamonds flank the trophy, representing the team's two previous World Series titles. Wrigley Field's bricks complete the background.

On the palm at the bottom of the outer band is the team's rally cry, "We Never Quit." On the inside of the ring is a custom triple arbor that features the local date and time the championship was won -- "11-3-16, 12:47 am" -- and the series scores and logos of the three teams the Cubs defeated en route to their championship. An image of a goat representing the franchise's infamous Billy Goat Curse is included on the inner band.

The players were presented their rings by 20 fans who were selected after being nominated via videos sent in by family and/or friends. Team president Theo Epstein presented manager Joe Maddon his ring before the players received theirs.

"It was truly an honor to help design the first World Series ring in franchise history, and our family is thrilled to reward those who contributed to this long-awaited championship," Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "It's fitting the players who completed the greatest journey in sports were presented with their rings by some of the greatest fans in all of sports this evening."

The team also presented rings to Hall of Fame players Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams, as well as to two players who have died. Rings for Ernie Banks and Ron Santo will be housed in the Wrigley Field archives.

The ring maker Jostens is also selling Cubs championship jewelry to fans. The cheapest replica ring costs $299, while the most expensive is a white gold ring with diamonds, sapphires and rubies for $10,800.

Information from ESPN's Darren Rovell contributed to this report.
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