Bangishimo Gichigamiing

Ojibwe overlay wedding rings Bangishimo Gochigamiinng

Title: Bangishimo-gichigamiing (Sunset Lake)
Type: Ojibwe-style graphic overlay wedding ring
Materials: 14K white gold, 14K red gold, sterling silver interiors
Width: 0.39 inch / 10 mm
Set price from: 2,000 USD* / 2,589 CAD* / 2.054 EUR**
Item: RESPECT-1
*Shipping costs included, US and Canadian tax rates excluded.
**Shipping costs excluded, Dutch BTW included.

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N.B. Prices are indicative and depend on ring sizes, the current gold price, and the current rates of exchange. Please note that persons who hold a Canadian First Nations status card and who live and work on their reserve are generally tax exempt.              

The distinct graphic overlay design of this set of overlay wedding rings titled Bangishimo Gichigamiing ("Sunset Lake") reflects the land of  vast forests and lakes that for many centuries has been inhabited by the jeweler’s ancestors, the Baawitigo-Ojibwe-Anishinaabeg from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The design is reminiscent of the characteristic graphic “outline drawing” style of the Canadian Medicine painters, kindred artists who paint in the discipline of the Native woodland School of Art. The wedding rings feature a stylized image of the waves of Gichi-ogimaa-gami, the great lake that today is known as Lake Superior. The white gold of the ring surfaces depicts the light of Mishoomis Giizis, the grandfather of all Life on earth as he rises each morning in the east to perform his ritual dance across the southern sky; the red color of the waves represents his warm glow coloring the Great Lake red as he sinks in the water at the end of each day; the outlined waves of the Lake and the beams of the setting sun – the bottom layer of silver that shows through the cutouts in the surface of the rings – have been oxidized (blackened) in order to accentuate the (picto)graphic character of the ring designs.

The symbolism of these wedding bands refers to the opposing and complementing forces that not only exist in nature, but also in human life – and, in particularly, in wiidigendiwin, the sacred bond between two partners for life. What goes for nature – the daily rhythm of sunup and sundown, ebb and flood, day and night, etcetera – also goes for the lives that we share with our partners; after all, don’t relationships ebb and flow like the waves of Gichi-gami, and don’t they, like the seasons, have cycles? Up and down, back and forth, give and take, push and pull. Such is the nature of marriage, and such is the rhythm of life…

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