Music Friday: ‘Diamonds Ate the Radio’ in Coldplay’s ‘Aliens’ — a Song to Support Refugees

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you exciting new songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Coldplay introduces us to the curious phrase “diamonds ate the radio” with the July 14 release of “Aliens.”

In the song’s animated video, we see a family of aliens — rendered as armless orb-like beings — fleeing their war-torn planet. They dodge artillery fire while being pursued by giant spike-headed worms. The family ascends skyward to meet up with their spacecraft — and enter a secured portal just in the nick of time. The family travels to a new planet, but yearn to return home again.

The saga of the orb people is a metaphor for the dire circumstances currently faced by millions of migrants who have been forced to flee their homeland. Proceeds from “Aliens” will benefit the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), an international non-governmental organization that rescues migrants at sea.

Now, let’s get back to the phrase that qualifies “Aliens” as a Music Friday tune. In the first two lines of the song, frontman Chris Martin sings, “We were just about to lose our home / Diamonds ate the radio.”

At first blush, the diamond lyrics had us truly stumped. What could they possibly mean?

But, then we found a Reddit thread that focused on that exact question.

One Reddit contributor believes that “diamonds ate the radio” is a reference to artists being pressured to churn out overproduced music that conforms to a certain proven standard. A second Reddit user is confident the diamond reference is a nod to the ultimate RIAA sales threshold, where artists earn a diamond certification for an album that’s shipped more than 10 million units.

Perhaps the writers of “Aliens” had both explanations in mind when they introduced a doomed future society that’s not only under fire, but where only diamond-certified songs will get any airplay.

“Aliens” was released as the third track from Coldplay’s new EP Kaleidoscope. Coldplay’s pledge to donate proceeds from the song to MOAS received warm coverage from both RollingStone.com and Billboard.com. The Youtube video has been viewed more than 4.7 million times.

With more than 80 million records sold worldwide, Coldplay ranks as one of the world’s best-selling music groups. In December 2009, Rolling Stone readers ranked Coldplay as the fourth-best band of the 2000s. The group has earned five MTV Video Music Awards, seven Grammy Awards and 31 Grammy nominations.

Please check out the “Aliens” animated video. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Aliens”
Written by Brian Eno, Rik Simpson and Markus Dravs. Performed by Coldplay.

We were just about to lose our home
Diamonds ate the radio
Moving in the dead of night
We took photographs just some just so
History has some to know
We were moving at the speed of flight

Kids cry
If you want to
That’s alright
If you want to
Hold me
Hold me tight

Just an alien

We were hovering without a home
Millions are UFO
Hovering in hope some scope tonight
Sees the light and says

Fly if you want to
That’s alright
But if you want to
Call me
Call this line

Just an alien
Just an alien
Oh, we just want to get home again

Tell your leader
Sir or ma’am
We come in peace
We mean no harm
Somewhere out there
In the unknown
All the E.T.’s are phoning home
Watching my life
On the skyline
Crossing your eyes
For a lifetime

Just an alien
Moving target
Target movement
A patch, a corner
Of the spacetime
Just an alien
Turning toward it
Turning pages
Over Asia
Crossing ages
Just an alien
Oh, we just want to get home again

Credit: Screen captures via YouTube.com.

Choreographer With All the Right Moves Proposes During Dance Routine; Video Goes Viral

In a video that’s become an instant sensation on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, choreographer and dancer Phil Wright proposed to his shocked girlfriend, Ashley Liai, in the middle of an elaborate dance routine.

The couple had started dating exactly eight years ago when she was attending his dance class, so the 26-year-old Wright decided to surprise his 29-year-old girlfriend in front of a large crowd of dance students at the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles.

As the routine begins, we see a series of young couples demonstrating Wright’s expressive choreography set to John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody In The World).” About three minutes into the number, Wright and Liai step into the spotlight to show to the younger dancers how it’s done. Throughout their part of the performance, Wright tapped his back-left pocket to ensure the ring box has stayed put.

During one critical point in the choreography, Liai turns away from her boyfriend for just a moment. When she turns back toward him, he has already pulled the ring box from his pocket and is down on one knee.

Totally surprised, Liai bursts into tears as the equally astonished students scream their approval. The look on Liai’s face is priceless, as are the expressions of the tiniest dance students, who are probably witnessing a marriage proposal for the first time.

Wright says, “You know I love you with all my heart. Ashley Liai, will you marry me?”

Liai answers with a breathless, “Yes.”

The couple embraces and then Wright slips a diamond ring on Liai’s finger.

A ring selfie later posted to Instagram reveals that Wright chose for his new bride a four-prong diamond solitaire set in a plain gold band.

“To my knowledge all I knew is that we were doing a couples class on our anniversary,” she told Daily Mail Online. “I had no idea the man of my dreams would ask me to be his forever. We met in class so it’s just so perfect that he asked me to be his future wife in the same setting. This moment was truly unforgettable for the both of us. I’m still on cloud nine.”

On her Instagram page, Liai posted a sweet photo of her embracing her new fiancé. The caption appropriately read: “Never letting go… 7.12.17 #MyMrWright.”

Wright and Liai’s proposal video has been picked up by a number of top media outlets, including TIME, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, Mashable, Huffington Post and Popsugar.

The YouTube video below has been viewed more than one million times. It runs more than six minutes, but you can advance the video to the 3:10 mark, the point at which Wright and Liai start their dance.

Credits: Screen captures via YouTube.com. Ring photo via Instagram/Phil Wright.

Lucara’s 1,109-Carat Rough Diamond May Be Too Big to Sell; Will Mining Company Carve It Up?

When the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona failed to meet its reserve price at Sotheby’s London in June of 2016, the disappointing result was the first signal that the massive diamond was just too big to sell. The final bid of $61 million fell short of the $70 million reserve price.

Now, 13 months later, diamond-industry insiders are buzzing about the likelihood that Canada-based Lucara Diamond Corp., which mined the stone in Botswana, will have to carve up the world’s largest rough diamond in order to attain its maximum value.

Originally, Lucara and its chief executive William Lamb were hoping that Lesedi La Rona’s buyer would forgo the opportunity to process the large rough into many smaller diamonds — and leave it in its natural state. Instead of working with members of the upper echelon of the diamond trade, Lamb decided to put the huge diamond on the international stage at Sotheby’s. He was confident a deep-pocketed collector would appreciate the historical significance of the gem and essentially leave it alone.

“It’s only the second stone recovered in the history of humanity over 1,000 carats,” he told Reuters. “Why would you want to polish it? The stone in the rough form contains untold potential. As soon as you polish it into one solution, everything else is gone.”

Cutting a rough diamond of this size is uncharted territory for the few elite diamond firms that have the finances and skill set to make a deal with Lucara. While an 1,109-carat rough diamond could yield the world’s largest polished diamond — the current record is held by the 530.20-carat Great Star of Africa — the cutting process is fraught with risks and there are no guarantees.

“When is a diamond too big? I think we have found that when you go above 1,000 carats, it is too big — certainly from the aspect of analyzing the stones with the technology available,” Panmure Gordon mining analyst Kieron Hodgson told Reuters.

Breaking the Lesedi La Rona into smaller, less risky parcels might generate more buyer interest. We already know that Lucara successfully sold the 813-carat “Constellation” to a Dubai trading company for a record $63 million, and Laurence Graff purchased the 374-carat broken shard from Lesedi La Rona for $17.5 million. All three diamonds were mined within three days of each other in 2015.

Holding onto the diamond for too long may have a negative effect on Lucara’s potential payday. New technology employed by the world’s largest diamond mining companies has resulted in the recovery of many more 100-carat-plus stones. Previously, the sorting machines would fracture the largest crystals instead of identifying and preserving them.

It may be only a matter of time before the next 1,000-carat diamond is revealed to the world. If and when that happens, the novelty connected to Lesedi La Rona’s extraordinary size may be lost, along with some of its value.

Credits: Images courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Russian Luxury Brand Introduces Solid Gold Fidget Spinner; Price Tag: 999,000 Rubles

A Russian luxury brand famous for its blinged-out, over-the-top iPhones and accessories has just introduced a solid gold version of the world’s most popular toy — the fidget spinner.

While many a fidgety kid has doled out less than $10 for his spinner, those with an eye on Caviar’s newest release will have to come up with 999,000 rubles — that’s $16,840 to you and me.

The top-of-the-line version is crafted from 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of solid gold and is adorned with “Fine Gold” markings on each of the three lobes and the Caviar Royal Gift logo on the center bearing.

The firm is also offering a gold-plated fidget spinner encrusted with diamonds for 99,000 rubles ($1,650) and a simpler gold-plated version without diamonds for 14,900 rubles ($251).

The year 2017 will be forever remembered as The Year of the Fidget Spinner. The toy exploded on the scene this past spring and became an international phenomenon. Kids couldn’t put them down and retailers couldn’t keep them in stock. On the down side, educators saw them as a distraction and went to great lengths to keep them out of school.

For those of you who have never seen a fidget spinner in action, it’s basically a flat, multi-lobed structure made of plastic or metal that resembles the triple heads of an electric shaver. The center consists of a bearing that allows the lobes to spin freely along the device’s axis. The user holds the center of the spinner in one hand and propels the lobes with the other.

The fidget spinner gets its name from the type of person who is said to benefit from handling the device. Apparently, the toy is calming to children and adults who have trouble controlling their fidgety nature. Advocates of the fidget spinner claim the device can benefit kids with anxiety, ADHD and autism.

Currently in a pre-order phrase, the solid gold Caviar fidget spinner is scheduled to officially hit the market in August 2017.

Credit: Image via caviar-phone.ru.

52 Years Ago: Gold’s Amazing Properties Earns It a Trip With NASA to The Final Frontier

When astronaut Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go, the visor of his helmet was plated with an ultra-thin layer of gold to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun. If you look closely at the image below, you’ll also notice that his 25-foot lifeline back to the Gemini IV spacecraft was wrapped in gold tape.

It was 1965 and scientists at NASA depended on gold’s amazing characteristics to ensure a safe and successful mission. Gold is highly reflective of heat and light, so NASA scientists coated the visors with a gold layer so thin — 0.000002 inches — that astronauts could see through it.

While gold was a largely unsung hero of America’s early space program, man’s infatuation with this precious metal can be traced back 6,000 years to the ancient Thracian civilization. Worked-gold objects made around 4000 BC were discovered at a burial site near Varna, Bulgaria.

Despite being enchantingly beautiful, gold demonstrates a wide range of extraordinary properties — qualities well known to the jewelry, electronics, medical and dental industries.

For instance, gold is nature’s most malleable metal. That means that it can be pounded so thin that one ounce of gold could cover about 100 square feet of a surface. The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) calculated that it would take 576 ounces (or just 36 pounds) of gold to completely cover a football field.

Gold leaf typically measures 0.18 microns in thickness (about 7 millionths of an inch), and according to AMNH, a stack of 7,055 sheets would be no thicker than the width of a dime.

Gold is also ductile, which means that it can be made into the thinnest wire. The AMNH notes that one ounce of gold can be drawn into 50 miles of wire, five microns thick.

Of all the gold mined this year, expect 78% of it to be made into fine jewelry. Other industries consume about 12%, and the remaining 10% is supplied to financial institutions. Jewelry designers and manufacturers love to use gold because of its high luster, its ability to be cast into shapes, drawn into wires and hammered into sheets. It possesses a beautiful golden color, but also can be alloyed into many hues, including pink, white and green. And, what’s more, it will never tarnish.

Fun fact: The largest accumulation of gold lies 80 feet below street level at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The vault houses $147 billion in gold bullion — a bounty that weighs a staggering 5,000 metric tons.

Credit: Image by NASA/James McDivitt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Music Friday: Brandon Heath Seeks Help From the Almighty to Set His ‘Diamond’ Free

Welcome to Music Friday when we often shine the spotlight on inspirational songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, five-time Grammy nominee Brandon Heath seeks divine intervention in “Diamond,” his 2012 song about a young coal miner who is hardly living up to his potential. He wants to be a better man, but needs God’s help to find the “diamond” buried deep inside.

He sings, “I got something down inside of me / That only You can see / Help me dig a little deeper now / And set that diamond free.”

For Heath, the diamond symbolizes the ability to bring his life to the next level — a life of clarity, not confusion, of compassion, not cruelty, of ambition, not excuses.

In the last lines of the song, Heath invites the Almighty to seek him out in the coal mine: “Come down with your old flashlight / Underground, black as night / No telling what you’re gonna find in me.”

“Diamond” is the fourth track on Heath’s fourth studio album, Blue Mountain. The album is unique because each song takes place in the Blue Mountains and is told from the point of view of a particular character. The real and fictional players featured in the songs include his grandfather, his mentor, a farmer, a coal miner and a death-row inmate. Each song weaves a message of hope, love and redemption.

When it was released in 2012, the album earned strong reviews and a #5 spot on Billboard‘s U.S. Christian Albums chart. It also reached #97 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

“[The songs] are all kind of telling my story a little bit,” Heath revealed to The Clarion-Ledger. “[They talk] about my own fears, and my own desires. As a songwriter, it was more fun to give someone else my own voice. I think the best way to describe a place is to describe its people. And so, all these characters tell a story about what Blue Mountain is and who lives there.”

Born in Nashville, Tenn., Brandon Heath Knell turns 39 next Friday. The son of a police officer dad and hairdresser mom, Heath received his first guitar as a Christmas gift when he was 13. In high school, he converted to Christianity and explored his spirituality by participating in faith missions to India and Ecuador. Those trips helped inspire a career in contemporary Christian music.

Please check out the audio track of Heath performing “Diamond.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Diamond”
Written by Brandon Heath, Ross Copperman and Lee Thomas Miller. Performed by Brandon Heath.

My father’s father broke this ground
Daddy mined till we laid him down
Only God knows what they found beneath
Now here I stand in my own boots
Ax to grind and a point to prove
Tangled up in my own roots, it seems

I got treasure up in Heaven
I got dirt all over me
I have only scratched the surface
Of the man I’m meant to be
I got something down inside of me
That only You can see
Help me dig a little deeper now
And set that diamond free

Why do I do the things I do
All the things that I don’t want to
Act like I don’t fear You at all
Hard head and a heart of stone
Older now but I haven’t grown
Any riches that I have to show are small

Set it free
Set it free
Set it free
Set it free

Come down with your old flashlight
Underground, black as night
No telling what you’re gonna find in me

Credits: Screen capture via YouTube.com.

Rose Gold Is a Rising Star, But How Does the Precious Metal Get Its Blush?

It’s been a symbol of “tech luxury” since the Apple Watch arrived in 2014 and the metal of choice for Pinterest’s most-pinned engagement ring style of 2017. It’s a material that conveys opulence, elegance, and its warm glow complements any skin tone. The summer sensation that’s grabbing all the headlines is rose gold.

If you’re wondering how a precious metal like gold can become pink, we have the answer. Rose gold earns its blush when copper is mixed with pure gold. Yes, the magic is the copper content. Depending on the ratio of copper used, the hue can range from a soft pink to a deep red.

Pure 24-karat gold is a relatively soft metal, so jewelry makers learned early on that mixing gold with other metals would make the end product stronger and more resistant to wear. They also learned that adding specific metallic elements could alter the metal’s color.

Typically, 18-karat yellow gold is composed of 75% fine gold, 15% copper and 10% fine silver. To make 18-karat rose gold, however, the recipe changes to 75% fine gold, 22.25% copper and 2.75% fine silver. Voilà.

In a feature story on Sothebys.com, the author explained that the use of rose gold in fine jewelry can be traced to 19th century Imperial Russia when Carl Fabergé incorporated the material into the designs of his elaborate Fabergé Eggs. The innovative gold hue earned widespread appeal and was originally dubbed “Russian Gold.” As other jewelers from around the world caught on to the trend, the material was given the more generic moniker of “pink gold.”

Sotheby’s explained that throughout recent history, rose gold has fallen in and out of favor based on social, economic and political upheavals. For instance, rose gold had a strong run during the Roaring Twenties, but lost its sheen after the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

Then, when platinum was declared a “strategic material” during World War II, jewelry designers refocused their attention on yellow and rose gold.

Over the past 50 years, rose gold’s popularity has ridden a rollercoaster of changing tastes. Today, it’s plain to see that “rose gold” is once again at the top of its game.

Credit: Image by BigStockPhoto.com.

Manitoba Woman Harnesses Power of Facebook to Find Owner of a Diamond Ring Found in West Hawk Lake

Manitoba native Courtney Johnson is harnessing the power of Facebook to find the rightful owner of a three-stone diamond ring her boyfriend found in West Hawk Lake last Tuesday. As of this morning, her Facebook plea had been shared more than 12,000 times.

Johnson and her boyfriend were nearly back to shore after swimming in the picturesque lake, about 160km east of Winnipeg, when the eagle-eyed boyfriend spotted something shimmering on the rocky bottom. He leaned over and scooped up the yellow gold, prong-set diamond ring.

“He was looking down because there’s lots of sharp rocks and he saw something shiny so he picked it up,” Johnson told CBC News.

At first, Johnson thought that she was in the middle of a surprise marriage proposal, but then realized the ring wasn’t part of a ruse. The cherished keepsake had been lost by somebody and she was determined to find the owner.

“It was kind of like ‘Wow. Can this be real?’” Johnson told CTV News Winnipeg. “It looks like it’s been in the water for quite some time because it’s really polished.”

Johnson noticed that the ring had a few identifying marks inscribed in the band that would make it easier to confirm the rightful owner.

In a Facebook item dated July 4, 2017, Johnson posted a photo of the ring with this caption: “Found in water at west hawk lake. If you can tell me what is engraved inside then it must be yours. Please share!”

Two days later, she updated the post with a bit more information… “It’s engraved with a date and something else. The year is 92.”

Johnson also reported her find to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), local jewelers and the region’s major media outlets.

Johnson’s Facebook page has become a whirlwind of activity. The lost-ring post had been shared more than 12,000 times and a number of Facebook comments focused on Johnson’s character.

Wrote Facebook user Aria Dawn, “You’re doing an awesome thing by sharing and posting this! The world needs more people like you. Added Kelly Johannsen, “So kind of you! Hope you find the owner!”

Johnson is pleased with the amount of exposure her story has earned.

“I wasn’t expecting that at all, but I’m glad it’s being shared because maybe the rightful owner or family will come forward for it,” she told CBC News. “If I lost a ring, and even if it was 10 years later or 15 years later and somebody found it, I would be so happy.”

When one Facebook user asked Johnson if she might sell the ring if nobody came forward to claim it, she told the user that she would never sell it. She wants to keep it available for the rightful owner no matter how long it takes for that person to come forward.

Johnson told CTV News Winnipeg that she intends to turn the ring in to the RCMP.

Credits: Images via Facebook.com/courtney.johnson.9277583. Map by Google Maps.

Music Friday: Blinged-Out Coconut Crab Is ‘Shiny’ in Disney’s Animated 2016 Blockbuster, ‘Moana’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, a giant treasure-hoarding coconut crab named Tamatoa boasts that he’s the brightest thing that glitters in “Shiny” from Disney’s 2016 animated blockbuster, Moana.

Voiced by New Zealand’s Jemaine Clement, Tamatoa is a dastardly — but lovable — Disney villain who collects rare sea treasures from the seabed and conspicuously displays them on his shell. The crab claims to “sparkle like a wealthy woman’s neck.”

Among the treasures he’s salvaged from the depths are pearls, diamonds, gold and a power-granting magical fishhook that was lost by our hero, Maui.

The crab sings, “Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough / Strut my stuff; my stuff is so… Shiny.”

Even though Tamatoa is able to overpower Maui, he is no match for Moana, who tricks the crab into relinquishing the magical hook.

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Mancina, “Shiny” is the eighth track from the two-CD set titled Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The album peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and charted in 17 countries. The single reached #6 on Billboard‘s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Miranda is famous for his starring role in the Broadway musical Hamilton. Clement is a comedian, actor, voice actor, singer, writer, director, multi-instrumentalist and one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.

Moana was released in theaters on November 23, 2016, and went on to gross more than $642 million worldwide.

Please check out the official video of the animated Tamatoa (Clement) performing “Shiny.” The video has been viewed more than 114 million times. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Shiny”
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Mancina. Performed by Jemaine Clement.

Well, Tamatoa hasn’t always been this glam
I was a drab little crab once
Now I know I can be happy as a clam
Because I’m beautiful, baby

Did your granny say listen to your heart
Be who you are on the inside
I need three words to tear her argument apart
Your granny lied!
I’d rather be…

Shiny
Like a treasure from a sunken pirate wreck
Scrub the deck and make it look…

Shiny
I will sparkle like a wealthy woman’s neck
Just a sec!

Don’t you know
Fish are dumb, dumb, dumb
They chase anything that glitters (beginners!)

Oh, and here they come, come, come
To the brightest thing that glitters
Mmm, fish dinners

I just love free food
And you look like seafood
(Like seafood)

Well, well, well
Little Maui’s having trouble with his look
You little semi-demi-mini-god
Ouch! What a terrible performance
Get the hook (get it?)
You don’t swing it like you used to, man

Yet I have to give you credit for my start
And your tattoos on the outside
For just like you I made myself a work of art
I’ll never hide; I can’t, I’m too…

Shiny
Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough
Strut my stuff; my stuff is so…

Shiny
Send your armies but they’ll never be enough
My shell’s too tough

Maui man, you could try, try, try
But you can’t expect a demi-god
To beat a decapod (look it up)

You will die, die, die
Now it’s time for me to take apart
Your aching heart

Far from the ones who abandoned you
Chasing the love of these humans
Who made you feel wanted
You tried to be tough
But your armor’s just not hard enough

Maui
Now it’s time to kick your…
Hiney
Ever seen someone so…

Shiny
Soak it in ’cause it’s the last you’ll ever see
C’est la vie mon ami
I’m so…

Shiny
Now I’ll eat you, so prepare your final plea
Just for me
You’ll never be quite as…
Shiny
You wish you were nice and…
Shiny

Credits: Screen captures via YouTube.com.

Baseball’s True Holy Grail: Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series Ring Sells for $2.1 Million

Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring marking his record-breaking season playing for what is universally considered the best baseball team in history fetched $2.1 million at the inaugural Lelands.com Invitational Auction on July 1. The auction house had called the ring “baseball’s true holy grail.”

ESPN.com reported that the Ruth ring set a new auction record for the highest price ever paid for a sports ring, more than quadrupling the previous record held by Julius Erving’s ABA championship ring, which sold for $460,741 in 2011.

Actor Charlie Sheen put Ruth’s ring up for bid, along with an original copy of the sale document that sent Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees. That document, which is considered the most important document in sports history, was sold for a winning bid of $2.3 million.

The 14-karat gold World Series ring features a slightly chipped bezel-set round diamond stylized as a sun with rays radiating from the center. Framing the diamond is a decorative array of arrow feathers and the title “New York Yankees World Champions.” The inscription “G. H. Ruth” can be clearly seen on the inside of the band. G.H. stands for George Herman.

Both the left and right sides of the ring display an American eagle with its wings spread. Above the eagle’s head is a baseball and following the contours of the wings are the words “New York.” Below the eagle is the year 1927.

Bohemia, N.Y.-based Lelands.com reported that the ring had been obtained from Babe Ruth’s widow, Claire Ruth, in the 1970s by baseball collector Barry Halper. Sheen purchased both the ring and sale document from Josh Evans of Lelands for an undisclosed sum in the early 1990s.

“I’ve enjoyed these incredible items for more than two decades and the time has come,” Sheen told ESPN. “Whatever price it brings is gravy.”

Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring commemorated an epic season during which he hit a then-record-breaking 60 homes runs, batted .356 and drove in 164 runs. He was on a Yankees team that won 110 games. The team’s legendary “Murderers’ Row” was a lineup of powerful hitters that included seven future Hall of Famers. The team would go on to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series.

The highest price ever paid for a sports memorabilia item was a 1920 Babe Ruth game jersey that sold for $4.5 million in 2012.

Credits: Ring images courtesy of Lelands.com. Babe Ruth photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Charlie Sheen photo by Angela George [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.