MATERIALS: Sterling Silver
DIMENSIONS: Typically 3/8" (1cm) wide
This Aiionwatha (Hiawatha) ring design was first made by me in 2011, to honor the Kaianerekowa (The Great Law) and the League of Nations. This design has relevance in our daily lives and is a reminder of the natural law.
WHAT GOES INTO IT
This piece is made of solid Sterling Silver and typically takes 90 minutes to hand make (construct with only hand tools) and clean before filing and polishing. Polishing typically takes (30-45 minutes) before it's cleaned and packed for shipping (another 20 minutes). As with all of my work, it gets several smudges for the intended wearer of the piece and is included in Thanks Giving Addresses.
The link under "inspiration" above is a good video to give you the 'gist' of this symbol's significance. There's much more in the web if you search "The Great Law of the Haudenosaunee" for a clearer idea of how important this design is and it's relevance to not just the Haudenosaunee, but to the origin of the United States and the natural laws of living on this planet together. I believe that this epitomizes how to live a good life, in relationships and with others around you. When used in my jewelry, it represents the strength and commitment of the design as well as the wearer to their character.
My methods are traditional in this design. The soulfulness of the Silver and the depth of this design's meaning is what I have the utmost respect and consideration for during the construction process.
CARE & MAINTENANCE
This piece can be polished with a soft toothbrush and a non-grit toothpaste. As with all jewelry, normal care should be taken not to drop or damage the piece. These are strong pieces, with the highest quality inlay possible, but silver is still a soft metal and deforms/scratches fairly easily. To reduce tarnishing and damage I recommend keeping this piece in the plastic bag provided when not being worn, and not wearing this piece during laborious work (such as construction).
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