Day Star set of bolo tie and ladies' ring
Jewelry set product information
Title: Giizhig-anang (Day Star)
Type: Bolo tie: a 14K gold slide with a sterling silver back with settings of malachite and turquoise stones and red coral fragment inlay/red coral cabochon settings, attached to a black braided leather cord ornamented with conical tips of sterling silver and 14K gold balls; a matching ladies' ring containing a malachite stone setting, settings of red coral cabochons and turquoise stones and red coral fragment inlay and equipped with a three-prong ring shank constructed of round and twisted wire.
Materials: Sterling silver, 14K yellow gold, malachite, turquoise, red coral
Sizes: Bolo tie: approx. 2.087 x 1.69 inch (ca. 53 x 43 mm) slide; 0.157 inch (4 mm) diamater cord, 18.5 inch (47 cm) long; ladies' ring: Approx. 1.10 x 0.984 in (ca. 28 x 25 mm)
Price: Bolo tie: 1,760.00 USD*/2,330.00 CAD*/1.900,00 EUR**
Ring: 1,256.00 USD* /1,675.00 CAD*/1210,00 EUR**
Set: 2,750.00 USD*/3,640.00 CAD*/2.880,00**
Item numbers: JEWELRY-5-5-BT (Bolo tie)
JEWELRY-5-5-S (Set of bolo tie and ring)
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**Shipping costs excluded, Dutch BTW included.
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The Day Star and the story of the Morning and the Evening Star
In the beginning, GICHI-MANIDOO, the Great Mystery, assigned Nigaabii-anang, the Evening Star, to the quarter of the world called E-bangishimog (the West) and to the winds and the portion of time that goes with the western direction, thus gifting him with an important power over life on earth to be exercized with prudence and wisdom so that harmony would be maintained forever. One bad day, however, after many strings of life of perfect harmony between the West, the East, the South, and the North, a struggle arose between Nigaabii-anang and Waaban, the Spirit of the East.
Although nowadays Waaban-anang, the Morning Star Spirit that governs the West controlls knowledge and medicines equally vast and powerful to that of the Evening Star and the other two quarters of the earth, Gichi-manidoo had initially assigned Nigaabii-anang the task of being Morning Star’s Elder and tutor since he was not yet fully accredited as a medicine man.
The animosity between the two stars started when the proud and headstrong Waaban-anang, after many years of study under Nigaabii-anang’s tutelage, felt that he was ready to exercize his own medicine without Nigaabii-anang’s supervision and counsel; when the latter told his impetuous and hot-tempered student that his knowledge and skills were not complete since he had not yet reached his level of wisdom and moderation and patience that is needed to conduct the important tasks of teaching healing and prolonging life, Waaban-anang challenged him to a contest, taunting him and challenging him to prove his powers.
The battle that took place between the Morning Star and the Evening Star that day became a metaphor for the lasting human conflict between youth and age and knowledge and wisdom. Although in this day and age neither star is more powerful than the other and although the Morning Star and the Evening Star have made peace a long time ago, Dawn and Evening still continue their duels, thus symbolizing the eternal conflics and dualisms within the human soul, and within human society as a whole.
Both stars, Nigaabii-anang (who shines at nightfall) and Waaban-anang (who rises the following dawn) form together one star, is known by the Anishinaabe Peoples as Giizhig-anang, the Day Star – who is known by the name of Venus by most non-Native people.
See our Art Blog to read more about the sacred story of the Morning Star and the Evening Star.