Gizhibaa Giizhik - Revolving Sky

Gizhibaa Giizhig Ojibwe graphic overlay wedding bands

Wedding rings product information

Title: Gizhibaa Giizhig (Revolving Sky)
TypeOjibwe-style graphic overlay wedding ring
Materials
14K white gold and 14K red gold; interiors of sterling silver.
Width:
 0.394 in / 10 mm and 0.276 in / 7 mm
Set price from: 2
,2830 USD* / 2,355 CAD* / 2.055 EUR**
Item: RESPECT-6

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*Prices are indicative and depend on the current gold price and ring sizes. Shipping costs included, US and Canadian tax rates excluded.

**Prices are indicative and depend on the ring sizes and the current gold price and rates of exchange. Shipping costs excluded, Dutch BTW included.

Please note that persons who hold a Canadian First Nations status card and live and work on their reserve are generally tax exempt.

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PLEASE NOTE: The cost of gold, silver, and platinum is fluctuating weekly. Although prices on this website are being updated on a regular base, they are merely indicative. Contact us for a customized price quotation if you find a set of wedding or clan rings or a piece of jewelry you are interested in ordering. Please do not forget to mention the item number and the exact ring sizes in case you ask for a price quotation for wedding rings or clan rings.

Some considerations when measuring ring sizes:

Since the wider a ring is, the tighter it will fit, please note that your sizes must be measured with a ring sizer (a jeweler's wedding band gauge) of the same width as the rings of your choice.

The best size is usually the ring that fits snugly and gives a little resistance when you take it off. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Nibaad Misaabe The Sleeping Giant inspired the wedding ring design
Ojibwe star constellation pen and ink drawing by Zhaawano Giizhik

The Sleeping Giant and the circular movement of the sky and planets

The design of the above multicolor gold wedding rings, which belong to the Mother Earth series, is reminiscent of the pictographic outline drawing style of the Medicine painters who paint in the Native Woodland School Of Art discipline.

The dramatic outline of the Sleeping Giant, a rock formation that juts out on Lake Superior and forms the body of water that is Thunder Bay, is an important source of design inspiration for jeweler Zhaawano. The red gold part and the oxydized (blackened) outlines of the design of these wedding rings - which he modeled after the Sleeping Giant - represent the bodies and spirits of two lovers becoming one with each other and with the Earthmother herself. From her fertile womb they sprang, and unto Mother Earth they shall return.

The inlaid design elements and the circular shape of the wedding rings refer to the Anishinaabe concept of GIZHIBAA GIIZHIG, or revolving sky, which pertains to the circular movement of the planets (see the inserted illustration, a pen and ink drawing by Zhaawano).

Jeweler Zhaawano's ancestors knew that their extensive star knowledge and the constellations they saw in the night sky related to seasonal changes, hunting, fishing, food gathering and farming, ceremonies, and storytelling. To them, seasonal changes corresponded with the movement of stellar constellations, which, in turn, were reflected in their traditional stories and ceremonies...

To the Anishinaabe, all knowledge and all life forms were inawendiwag, interconnected and interrelated. The term gizhibaa giizhig refers to the circular movement of the sky throughout the year, which has thirteen moons (months). In other words, the notion of "'Gizhibaa" that Zhaawano incorporated in the wedding ring design refers to the circular movement of the sun, moon, stars and seasons.

In Ojibwe culture, "Gizhibaa" also pertains to people dancing in a circular fashion around the drum arbor at powwows...

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