Making Black Ferns’ World Cup rings was humbling, jeweler says
A Palmerston North jeweler says she was honored to have been asked to make the official Rugby World Cup commemorative rings for the Black Ferns.
Cameron Jewelery designed the bespoke rings, which have a silver fern on top and RWC21 engraved on the inside.
Owner Jessie Cameron was honored to have been asked to create the piece.
“It’s quite amazing. At the end of September, the Rugby New Zealand events team contacted us to order parts and we went through a number of different designs,” she told Morning Report .
“We settled on a design through one of the management team members who lives here in Palmerston North and the team leader through many Facetime calls, ensuring the design is absolutely perfect for everyone on the extended team as well.”
Style and comfort were important in the design, she said.
“The design means players can wear it and have it close to them.
“We needed something that was the right design for every member, not just for the team but also for the entire management staff, so everyone could have the same design and the same room.”
The team received their rings before the start of the World Cup.
“They were given to them [the team] in the early days when they arrived in Auckland and it was part of the early days ceremonies but then they went straight into game time so we didn’t have much of a chance to see the girls wearing it.
“But over the past few days, especially with them hosting the crowds in Auckland, we’ve seen the team wearing our clothes. It was pretty special.”
Although this ring was designed for the Black Ferns, the public can purchase a similar ring from Cameron Jeweller.
“It’s based on a design we keep in stock; we’ve made a few tweaks to make it special for the team, but we have a slightly different version available on our website.”