Once the Giants swept Detroit in the World Series, they faced a problem that 29 other major-league teams would love to have:
Two years after creating a distinctive, symbolic and aesthetically pleasing World Series ring to celebrate their first championship in their 53 seasons in San Francisco, the Giants had to create another bejeweled masterpiece to mark their second title in three seasons.
Imagine the pope gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and telling Michelangelo, "It's perfect. Now I need you do to another one for my bedroom."
Perhaps that analogy is overstated, but Giants officials and the designers at Tiffany & Co. dived into the design process with a comparable challenge: to create a second ring with the same "wow" factor as the first, celebrating the uniqueness of the 2012 World Series win while simultaneously marking the team's rare achievement of two Series wins in such short order.
"It will definitely be distinctive and different because they are two very incredible accomplishments on their own," said Staci Slaughter, the Giants' senior vice president of communications.
Tom O'Rourke, Tiffany's vice president of business sales, allowed that the 2012 ring will feature "a subtle nod" to the 2010 championship.
The Giants will not mimic the Boston Red Sox, who won World Series in 2004 and 2007. The Red Sox forged a different ring for players who were part of both championships, depicting two World Series trophies instead of one.
Every Giant will get the same ring in a pregame ceremony April 7 during the first home series of the season. All full-time Giants employees get rings, though suit-and-tie workers receive a less expensive and scaled-down version of the player rings, which can retail for $10,000 to $20,000.
The Giants and Tiffany have settled on a design for the new ring, but neither organization would spill any key details.
They were hard-pressed to top the beauty of the 2010 ring, which Tiffany also produced. Cast in white gold, it featured 77 diamonds weighing roughly 1 carat, many of them used to create the interlocking "SF" logo on the top of the ring.


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