Thursday 7th July 2011

Women's basketball champions present diamond ring to President Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama received a 2010 championship diamond ring from women's basketball champions Seattle Storm at the White House on Wednesday.

Obama told the team members, who each received one of the rings, that they set a good example for young girls with big dreams. The Seattle Storm defeated the Atlanta Dream in the finals last September to win their second league championship.

The ring was created by online diamond and jewellery retailer Blue Nile and is made of luminous white gold and paved with diamonds.

The ring displays the President Obama's name, and has the number '1' on it.

"When Blue Nile employees learned we were creating a ring for the President, an excited buzz ran through the office," said Blue Nile CEO Diane Irvine. "To say we are honored is an understatement; we are elated!"

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