MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Wampum shell
DIMENSIONS: Typically 3/8" (1cm) wide
This Aiionwatha (Hiawatha) ring design was first made by me in 2009, 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 crushed Wampum (Quahog) shell. This design typically takes 2.5 hours 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 on 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. 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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