After winning his second Sanctuary Basketball League Championship, hip-hop artist Drake enlisted a famous jeweler to design diamond rings for the winning team.
The Toronto native and world-renowned hip-hop artist recently commissioned Jason of Beverly Hills to design championship rings for himself and his teammates for the second year in a row. Last year’s ring was valued at $50,000. This year’s ring will include 15 carats and two large diamonds to symbolize the team’s consecutive championship wins. This year the rings will cost approximately $100,000.
“As someone who wishes I could play ball professionally, I respect Drake for making his dream a reality with his own league,” Jason Arasheben, owner of Jason of Beverly Hills said in a statement published on Complex. “We always have a good time when we work together and it has been fun working on these championship rings with him the last three years.”
For The Love of Basketball
While Drake launched his career in entertainment after appearing on Degrassi High. He began releasing mixtapes in 2006 and his debut album, Thank Me Later, in 2010. Since then, he has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and 34 Billboard Music Awards In 2012, Drake founded OVO Sound record label with his longtime collaborator 40. Launched a bourbon whiskey, Virginia Black and has collaborated with Nike. Drake’s net worth is valued at $250 million.
Yet Drake is also passionate about the game of basketball. In 2013, he was announced as the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors. In this position, Drake was placed on the executive committee of the Raptors. He owns naming rights to the team’s practice facility.
In 2021, Drake launched the SBL, in which he plays on the team NTIG with two other players. Calling itself as the “poor man’s NBA,” SBL plays its games at Drake’s estate in California.
After winning two consecutive championships, Drake teamed up with Jason of Beverly Hills who is no stranger to designing and manufacturing championship rings and who also created Drake’s $150,000 custom ring celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 championship. The piece featured more than 30 carats of diamonds, more than any other NBA ring in history.
The jeweler has been commissioned by NBA teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009, 2010, and 2020; The Golden State Warriors in 2015, 2017, and 2018; and Milwaukee Busks in 2021.
“Drake had a clear vision of what he wanted, and we worked really well together to make that happen,” Jason Arasheben told Yahoo in a statement. “I enjoy the challenge of telling the story of the season and incorporating everything into the design and onto a ring, while still using as many diamonds as possible.”