Los Angeles — Jason Arashben, alias Jason of Beverly Hills, has been waiting ten years for the chance to design another Los Angeles Lakers championship ring. And when the jeweller had the chance, Arashben had to finish the ring in just four weeks, instead of the three or four months he usually gets in the NBA off-season.
I am accustomed to these last-minute orders because I also have more than 200 guys in the league as personal customers, some of them in the team, Arasheben told ESPN this week. So I’m used to it: Hey, Jason, it’s two days till Christmas, but I need you to give my wife a special gift.
This time the hustle and bustle was not due to bad planning. It was a pandemic. The Laker season ended with a championship at the age of 11. October in Orlando, Fla. The fifth. In November the league owners and the players’ union agreed on the date of the 22nd. December to start the 2020-21 season.
Arashben, who was born in Los Angeles and grew up dreaming of playing for the Lakers, has designed five NBA championship rings in the past – including two championship rings for the Lakers in 2009 and 2010 with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, and three rings for the Golden State Warriors. It was commissioned for the 2020 ring and had to compress time, but then had to be upgraded to warp speed.
I thought I had until the first week of January, and actually I had four weeks from when we finished the design to finish the whole production, Arasheben said. That’s an achievement in itself and very difficult to achieve, but we did it, thank God.
Always ambitious when it comes to basketball groups, Arasheben scored two goals for the Lakers rings: Story and hiss.
In fact, the funny thing about this ring is that there is so much history, Arasheben said. It was a season like no other in history.
He has included several elements, which he playfully calls Easter Eggs, to reflect all the moments in the longest season in the history of the competition. To commemorate the 95 days of the Lakers on the Orlando Bubble, each of the 17 purple amethyst stones that form the L on the front of the ring weighs 0.95 carats – and, of course, the 17 marks the 17.
Each ring features 0.52 carat yellow diamonds, as a symbol of the Lakers’ 52 regular seasonal winnings. Each ring is engraved with the word Unity, a nod to the social justice movement that the entire NBA, not just the Lakers, has embraced. The phrase Leave A Legacy, the playoff slogan of the Lakers, is also engraved in the golden LeBron James script on each ring.
The legend of the Bryant Lakers, who died in a plane crash in January with his daughter Janna and seven others, has several tributes to his totem pole. Each player’s uniform number is surrounded by a black snake mamba, and the ring has a very first removable clip that opens another Bryant salute.
Fault! The file name is not specified. The 2020Lakers Championship ring has a removable lid and 0.95 carats in each of the 17 purple amethyst stones, symbolizing the team’s 95 days on the Orlando bell. Jason from Beverly Hills
We made a detachable roof that shows the rafters of the Staples Center with the sweaters of all the major retired Lakers, with special emphasis on Kobe jerseys No. 8 and No. 24, and it’s on a snakeskin background, Arashben said, adding that he designed a ball bearing system so that the top of the ring can be removed.
The ring has a total weight of 16.45 carats and 804 stones.
This ring obscures last year’s NBA champion ring as the most valuable NBA champion ring in history. It contains more carat diamonds than any other ring in history, Mr Arasheben said. I mean, with that ring, we really wanted to make a statement. It’s been 10 years since the Lakers won. We wanted to set an example and reward the players for their good work.
To help create the ring, Arasheben invited the famous streetwear designer Don C to work with him. Put on C, whose Just Don retro Lakers shorts were decorated by James in his first public appearance since signing with the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League in Los Angeles, enjoyed the chance to move into the jewellery world.
I’m just humiliated and honored that Jason brought me here, C. told ESPN. He’s a real visionary, because he came up with the idea for the Warriors’ ring in 2017. That’s him: Dude, I want to bring someone from your culture to add some sauce to the championship ring. And then he had another thought: Dude, we gotta do more than just a ring. Add other objects, such as a hat or some kind of accessory, to show that I don’t have a ring, but that I am a ring bearer. So we have been inspired by these ideas, which have fostered our creative relationships, and have continued to develop them.
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Because of COWID-19 protocols, this was a non-standard ringing ceremony for the Lakers. Instead of Laker’s governor Jeanie Bass handing out rings like her father, Dr. Jerry Bass, did ten years ago, the rings were placed on individual pedestals on the field to pick up the players.
With no fans in the building, the Lakers tried to convey a sense of timing by inviting UCLA Health counselors to recognize staff and assistant coaches when they received rings. And the players, head coach Frank Vogel and vice president of basketball operations, general manager Rob Pelinka, and their families were invited to record a video greeting when it was their turn to grab the rings.
Our time together is dedicated to the pandemic and the family, Tim Harris, President of Business Operations, who oversaw the planning of the ceremony, told ESPN Lakers Tim Harris. We’ll let you know how important family is in this day and age and how valuable our first responders are.
Another ceremony, another season, another ring.
I think we killed him. Because I think if you look at all the typography, the icons in the ring, the different elements of the design, it’s something new, Don C. told ESPN. And then represent the culture. Culture was a big part of this season where we wanted to do it for everyone, not just for the Lakers organization. It’s a whole year. That goes for everyone.