Kobe Bryant never tied Michael Jordan for six championship rings, but the team awarded Bryant, along with wife Vanessa, with another one to add to the collection: a retirement ring. A very, very nice retirement ring.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 14, 2016
The ring has five large diamonds, one representing each of his five NBA titles, along with 20 smaller rings to signify his 20 seasons spent in the league.
Nina Mandell of For the Win provided details of just how marvelous Kobe’s newest gift really is. She noted that the jeweler, Jason of Beverly Hills, made the ring out of white round diamonds with a total carat weight of 4.87 carats, which are set onto about 70 grams of 14 karat yellow and white gold.
One either side of the ring are Bryant’s jersey numbers, 8 and 24, as well as his nickname and a strip of snake skin to commemorate his alter ego, the “Black Mamba.”
Despite the Lakers finishing a franchise-worst 17-65, Bryant was honored for his legacy and career, rather than the way his team played throughout the season. He did, as well all know by now, drop 60 points in his finale.
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