While women across the globe may dream of unwrapping Tiffany’s little blue box, NFL players also hope to get a piece of the iconic jeweler’s hardware.
Tiffany & Co. has created the championship trophy for the National Football League since the first Super Bowl in 1967.
The Lombardi Trophy (Photo courtesy of Tiffany & Co.)
For our readers gearing up for the big game, here are a few facts about football’s ultimate prize:
- In 1967, former Tiffany & Co. vice president Oscar Riedener sketched the trophy’s basic design on a napkin during a meeting with then–NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.
- In 1970, the trophy was renamed for Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers, winners of the first two Super Bowls.
- The trophy is created at Tiffany’s workshop in New Jersey using age-old silversmithing techniques including spinning, chasing, hand-engraving, and polishing.
- The design features a regulation-size football rendered entirely in sterling silver.
- The 22-inch-high trophy weighs nearly seven pounds and takes approximately four months to complete.
- After the field ceremony, the trophy will be returned to Tiffany’s workshop where the name of the winning team (either the Ravens or 49ers for Super Bowl XLVII) will be hand engraved.
- Tiffany & Co. also creates the Pete Rozelle Trophy, which is presented annually to the most valuable player of the Super Bowl.