This exclusive Haida Jewellery band depicting the Eagle from Native mythology is an original design from The Coast Handworks Co.‘s Warren Smith, master engraver and scholar of Heraldry, Calligraphy and the Native art style of the Haida people in the coastal Pacific region of British Columbia, Canada.
The Eagle band is cast from a hand-carved master ring created using traditional hand-engraving tools and time-honored, exacting techniques.
Thick and heavy, the Eagle band is domed on top and tapered to the back. It is bordered by “rails” to frame, protect and highlight the artwork. The original Haida Eagle art presents as an exceptionally deep carving in high relief, remarkable for its exceptional level of detail in the restrained, round canvass of a ring. Along with the traditional Haida crosshatching area set well below the top surface, the distinguished result would not be possible using “modern” computer-assisted or laser-etching technology.
Available in 10k, 14k or 18k Gold or White Gold as well as sterling silver with rhodium plating to protect its luster, or silver without rhodium so it ages naturally, the inside of the band is flat and bears the artist’s signature stamp.
About Haida Eagle
For discernible reasons, Eagle is known as Master of the Skies in Haida culture. More mystically, Eagle is said to be the messenger to the Creator, traveling between the physical world and spiritual world at will. The Eagle as a whole represents focus, strength, peace and the prestige of leadership coinciding with exceptional vision both literal and figurative. Individual parts of Eagle, meanwhile, have unique significance as well: Wings are representative of the united effort of female and male, who mate for life to achieve harmonious results; an Eagle feather is said to transmit strength and give the bearer the ability to speak honestly from the heart without hurt or anger; Eagle down is sprinkled across thresholds as a sign of peace and warm welcome to esteemed guests.
Eagle appears in many Haida stories, but a recurrent legend recounts how a young man would fill his canoe with salmon and give them all to an eagle to eat even though he himself was nearly starving. He was shunned and abandon by his people for this apparent squandering. But Eagle saw it differently and eventually provided the young man with whales to eat in return, illustrating the bounty nature provides when treated with reverence.
A short, sharp, hooked beak individualizes the Haida Eagle. Eagle’s head is devoid of feather or crest (bald, in other words) and the chest is typically a prominent feature, distinguished and proud. Eagle’s wings are often long and majestic with the end feathers splayed out as when seen in flight overhead while claws are shown as curved and distinctively-sharp talons.