Exclusive to Haida Jewellery, these weighty gold and silver bands feature an original depiction of Salmon in the Native Art style of the Haida culture on the Pacific Northwest Coast. They feature an original artistic design by Warren Smith at The Coast Handworks Co., world renowned, non-Native hand engraver revered for his metal carving expertise in Heraldry, Calligraphy and Haida art.
Made to order, each Haida Salmon Ring is cast from a hand-carved master created from scratch 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 and faithfulness to form. The visible depth of carving is a direct result of 30 years of hand engraving experience and the adamant notion that if hand-engraved jewelry is to be worn proudly, it should be carved deeply.
Haida Salmon rings are thick and domed at the top tapering elegantly to the bottom. The salmon is bordered by a pair of “rails” that frames and highlights the artwork. Contrasting with the traditional crosshatching area set well below the top surface, the original Haida Salmon (shown with a belly full of roe) presents in remarkably high relief.
Theses original Haida Salmon bands are available 10k to 22k gold as well as sterling silver.
About Haida Salmon
As a cyclical and abundant food source, Salmon, by nature, represent renewal, virility, fertility and prosperity in the Haida culture. Once the primary and venerated food source of all First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest, Salmon also represent the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature; returning salmon bones to the water would have them rejuvenate and return anew each year.
A prominent legend tells of a Haida boy who had no respect for salmon as either creature or food; he would step on them callously and disdain them as sustenance. Angered, the Salmon People captured the boy with a strong current and took him to their underwater village to live with them and learn their ways of respectfulness. The next year, the boy returned to his village as a salmon. His mother, who thought him drowned and lost, caught him and recognized him by his necklace. The boy then shed his salmon skin and became human again. He taught his people all that he had learned and became the village healer. When he died, his body was placed in the river as instructed, thus returning him to the underwater village of the Salmon People, displaying respect for nature in exchange for renewable abundance, health and prosperity.
In the Haida art style, Salmon is usually depicted with a powerful, streamlined body built for swimming. The dorsal fin is short and sleek, the teeth are small and sharp, and the body will often display either well-defined ribs and abdominal muscles or roe (salmon eggs) to suggest vitality or fertility, or both.