Haida Jewellery is the exclusive online retailer of original Native-style rings and wedding bands created by The Coast Handworks Company. This line of fine jewelry features Native-style engraving in gold, white gold, and silver depicting legendary animals from the mythology and lore of the Haida people of the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Each piece is cast from a hand carved master designed and engraved by Warren Smith, world class artist and owner of the Coast Handworks Co. A non-Native with over 30 years of experience, Smith is a master hand engraver revered for his meticulous attention to detail, unrivaled craftsmanship and outstanding artistic designs. He is a dedicated expert in Celtic, American, English & Germanic Scroll Work, Heraldry, Calligraphy, and Native-style art, particularly the form line art style of the Haida that permeates the Pacific West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, where he was born and raised. A Journeyman Machinist turned goldsmith/hand-engraver, Smith’s intimate understanding of metalwork combined with high esteem for traditional technique, art and culture has culminated in this world class line of rings.
Highly sought-after, Smith’s craftsmanship adorns a myriad of custom jewelry pieces, watches, musical instruments, firearms, seal stamps and dedication plates. His works are proudly owned by countless private collectors as well as public figures including Sylvester Stallone, David Bowie, John Travolta, BC Premier Mike Harcourt, Governor General Roméo LeBlanc and NASA Chief Technical Officer, James B. McClellan.
About Native Art
For the Haida, a First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest, indigenous animals are revealed to be mystical creatures harmonizing the spiritual world with the physical realm. The countless stories and legends are often manifested as painted, carved or engraved works of art.
With an iconic “formline” style unique to the Haida people, this style of Native art is revered around the world for its elegance and deep rooted tradition of revealing inner spirits in specific outward forms.
While Haida iconography defines the customary style, artistic interpretation allows for a wealth of individual expression. Fittingly, any given creature’s spiritual significance is ultimately defined by the owner or bearer of art, especially when worn.
Each piece in this original, hand carved collection represents an exclusive artistic design of one of eight iconic animals from Haida lore. Depicting legendary tales of love, healing, good fortune and hunting, the artwork is cast as rings from hand-carved masters, each uniquely and intentionally shaped as elegant fine jewelry in the Haida-style.