2 Row w/Skydomes
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MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Wampum shell
DIMENSIONS: Typically 3/8" (1cm) wide

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INSPIRATION

  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. (see below)

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. The completed piece 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 gets several smudges for the intended wearer of the piece and is included in several Thanks Giving Addresses.

SIGNIFICANCE

  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."
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  I believe that this epitomizes how to live a good life, as well as 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.

UNIQUENESS

  My methods are primarily traditional in this design. And although not a unique design, it carries the deep meaning of mutual respect and soul with it as with all of my Two Row Wampum work. The soulfulness of Wampum and Silver 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 inlaid 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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