Diamond studded IPL winner~~s trophy unveiled

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: A total of 2,554 round and baguette diamonds weighing 68.77 carats, 4,500 yellow sapphires weighing 218.55 carats, blue sapphires weighing 986 carats and 8 rubies weighing 248.70 carats have been used. The gold weight of the statue is 691.15 grams.

No this discription is not about designer jewellery showcased in Milan or Paris nor an antique jewellery piece in Southby or Christie's auction house. This is about handcrafted Trophy for the winners of the lucrative IPL Twenty20.

The IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi, CEO, ORRA, the creaters of the masterpiece, Vijay Jain together unveiled the exquisitely crafted winner's trophy created in gold, diamonds and precious stones, a replica of which will be handed over to the Winning Team in Mumbai on June 1.

The Winners' Trophy for the inaugural IPL comprises a wooden backdrop with logos of all the teams engraved within, signifying the unity and sportsmanship of all participating teams.

Yellow and blue sapphires make up the map of India signifying the passion for the DLF Indian Premier League that has captured the imagination of the entire nation, while the rubies on the map highlight the eight franchises and cities in which the matches are being played.

The border of the Indian map and the league is highlighted in diamonds, to signify the added dazzle that the league has brought to the game of cricket.

The logo of the IPL is handcrafted in wood with a batsman in gold leafing holding a diamond bat.

Commenting on the choice of ORRa for making the Trophy, Lalit Modi said, ''ORRA has created some exquisite and stunning pieces of jewellery and works of art, that have adorned Hollywood, Bollywood beauties and Royalty alike. It was then an obvious choice for us to commission ORRA for creating a truly distinct and exquisite work of art, one befitting the stature and success of the DLF Indian Premier League.

''Needless to state that the trophy that has been unveiled today, will definitely take pride of place in the trophy showcase of one of our franchises come the Grand Final on June 1 2008.''

thatsCricket (with inputs from Agencies)

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