MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Wampum shell
DIMENSIONS: Typically 3/8" (1cm) wide
This 2 Row (Kaswentha) Wampum shell inlaid ring was first made by me in 2008, to honor the 2 Row Treaty, and all that it symbolizes. This design is not just for couples of any type, but also has relevance in our daily lives.
WHAT GOES INTO IT
Made of solid Sterling Silver, with 2 Wampum inlaid bands around it. This piece typically takes 2 hours to hand make (construct with only hand tools) and clean before inlaying. The inlay process takes 36 to 72 hours to complete. It then gets ground and polished (30-45 minutes) before it's cleaned and packed for shipping (another 30 minutes). As with all of my work, it'll get several smudges for the intended wearer and is included in several Thanks Giving Addresses.
History and meaning of the Two Row (this design)
The following excerpt was taken directly from the Two Row Renewal Campaign website:
"The Two Row Wampum belt is the symbolic record of the first agreement between Europeans and American Indian Nations on Turtle Island/North America. 2013 marked the 400th anniversary of this first covenant, which forms the basis for the covenant chain of all subsequent treaty relationships made by the Haudenosaunee and other Native Nations with settler governments on this continent. The agreement outlines a mutual, three-part commitment to friendship, peace between peoples, and living in parallel forever." read more....
I believe that this epitomizes how to live a good life,
and relationships. This ring carries the strong significance that comes with Wampum shells,
as well as the aforementioned design purpose.
The purple section of a shell makes up less than 1/4 of total shell.
When used in my jewelry, it represents the strength and commitment
of the design as well as the wearer to their character.
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