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)
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.
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."
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.
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