Celebrity jeweler Jason Arasheben appeared on Scoop B Radio and checked in with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson. Arasheben discussed designing the Golden State Warriors’ championship rings. Press Play Below To Listen!
The Golden State Warriors are champions of basketball after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals this past June.
Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr may not be visiting U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House to celebrate their momentous occasion, but the team will be honored by the NBA with championship rings before taking on the Houston Rockets during opening night on Tuesday October 17.
Los Angeles-based jeweler Jason Arasheben designed the Warriors’ rings after their first title win in 2015.
The celebrity jeweler and owner owner of Jason of Beverly Hills has worked with any and everyone from the late Michael Jackson, to music’s Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Lil Jon. He’s also worked Warriors arch rival and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and the Saudi Royal family. After the Warriors title win this year, Jason of Beverly Hills is at it again and charged with the task of replicating what he started in 2015.
In a Q & A with me on Scoop B Radio, Jason Arasheben discussed the process of designing the team’s ring and the input he received from Warriors players Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: Jason the Warriors second championship in three years and you define something pretty stylish back in 2014 I thought it was a sleek look what was the inspiration for the first championship ring back in 2015?
Jason Arasheben: Well when we did the ring back in 2015, we really wanted to change the game. I wanted to come out with something that didn’t look like all the rings that came out by our predecessor. I mean, every ring has had that traditional look with lots of verbiage on the front and letters and it let like the industry as a whole got stale. Listen we have over two hundred NBA players that are currently playing, personal clients of ours and we know what the players want and we know what the players like and we wanted to find a ring for the players [that they] actually like. So we wanted to come out with something in 2015 that was sleek and minimalist and that is exactly what we did.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: So the Warriors weren’t the first championship ring that you designed.What other rings did you design?
Jason Arasheben: We did the 2009 Lakers championship ring, we did the 2010 Lakers Championship ring, we also did the World Series of Poker bracelets. We did the Chelsea soccer club in the UK, so we have had some success doing championship rings and this is the fourth NBA championship ring we have done in nine years.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: What hints can you give us about the ring that drops this season when the Golden State Warriors are crowned champions?
Jason Arasheben: Listen, I obviously because we have an embargo on details on the rings as far as the look and the design and everything, I can’t say a lot. You are going to have to leave it up to the imagination it will be released Tuesday night the 17th for the world to see. But let’s just put it this way: of all my rings I feel like we topped them all. This is something that is truly spectacular this is something that will go down in the history books in more ways than one. This is by far the best sports championship ring ever created in history across all four major sports.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: And there is no similarity between the 2015 ring and the 2017 ring?
Jason Arasheben: Listen, you know every team has their own ideology on how they want to design the ring and the Warriors wanted to keep in line with the brand and the look of the 2015 ring. But they wanted to take it a step further and that is exactly what we did. The ring kind of has a similar look to that of 2015, but when you take a look at it, you will notice an immediate difference. There is a difference but it maintained a similar look and style of the 2015 ring just significantly upgraded.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: Here is a direct question: how much input did any of the players or management have in the design of the ring?
Jason Arasheben: With the 2017 Warriors ring, the players and management have a lot input. Listen, I have a bunch of guys on the team that are personal friends and clients of mine like Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson. So naturally, I reached out to the players and tried to get their ideas and their thoughts on what they would want in a ring. And you can imagine their opinions where all across the board and there was definitely a divide between management wants and what players want and it is kind of up to me to design a ring that is going to satisfy everyone. Not everyone is going to be happy obviously, but I think all in all we definitely created a ring that everyone is going to love. Listen are some players more boisterous than others? Absolutely! Draymond Green voiced his opinion on more than one occasion and let me know what he wants in the ring and what he doesn’t want in the ring. He wants me to build it, so we spent a couple of nights together with Draymond just going over design and stuff like that, so he was very very involved. Other players like Klay and Steph [Curry] said: ‘You know what? We trust you guys, we know that you are going to come out with something spectacular.’
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: Last question. 93 percent of NBA GMs predicted or picked that the Golden State Warriors will repeat as champions. This time next year, would you be excited to design another ring for the Golden State Warriors?
Jason Arasheben: Absolutely. I would be super pumped to do that. Listen, they are heavy, heavy favorites. Here the west is stacked. The Warriors are bringing back everybody and still added Swaggy P and a few other guys. I think right now, it is tough to think any team winning the championship outside the Warriors. Listen, I love what they are doing in Houston, but they aren’t the king. The Warriors are still the Kings. They are still sitting on top of the mountain and somebody needs to dethrone them in order for them to come down. I just don’t see it happening.