These Haida Hummingbird rings feature an original design in the Native art style of Northwest coastal Haida people, created by Warren Smith at The Coast Handworks Co., a world-class engraver, non-Native scholar and expert in Heraldry, Calligraphy, Celtic scroll work and the Native formline art style of the Pacific Northwest.
Available in 10k to 22k gold, each band is tapered and features Hummingbird as an original, hand-engraved piece of art created exclusively for this unique shape. This ring is also available in silver.
Thick and heavy, each Haida Hummingbird Ring is cast from a hand-carved master that was created using traditional engraving tools and exceptionally deep carving techniques. The distinguished result is only possible by combining sophisticated hand craftsmanship with a fierce passion for elegant design in an exceedingly small space. The visible depth of carving is a direct result of 30 years of hand engraving experience and the adamant notion that if hand-engraved jewellery is to be worn proudly, it should be carved deeply.
The Hummingbird ring is domed at the top, tapered to the bottom and entirely bordered by “rails” to frame and highlight the artwork. The traditional Haida crosshatching area is set well below the top surface to provide striking contrast of high relief.
About Haida Hummingbird
Abundant and bustling on the Pacific West Coast in Spring and Summer, the Hummingbird in Haida mythology is a symbol of health and healing as well as a literal messenger of joy and appreciation. Also known as Sah Sen, seeing a hummingbird before embarking on a journey or hunt is considered a very good omen as the fleet, colorful bird’s ability to fly in any direction or hover on the spot allows it to guide those on a literal or figurative journey, wait for them to catch up and even backtrack should travelers stray from the right path.
One enchanting Haida story tells of a young girl who sees a hummingbird darting from flower to flower with inexhaustible urgency. She asks her mother why the Hummingbird doesn’t just stick with one flower. Her mother explains that Raven, knowing how much joy flowers bring to humans each spring, accompanied by warm sunshine and green grass, tasked the hummingbird with visiting each flower to whisper a message of thanks and appreciation. For this task, Raven gave Hummingbird the magical ability to fly like sunlight flickering through tall trees.
As a messenger from the spirit world and a symbol of joy, health and good fortune, Hummingbird is usually represented with a sense of whimsy and good humor. Though one of the smallest creatures on the West Coast, Hummingbird’s diminutive features are nonetheless magnificent and thus prominent; its long pointed beak and rapidly beating wings are almost always the focus of display. The back is often depicted as slightly or significantly arched, tail bending back or up, as when hovering to whisper praise to a flower.