Sterling silver wedding and engagement rings designed and handcrafted by Zhaawano Giizhik
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A note on the technique of overlay that I use for my sterling silver rings
"I use what I like to call the pictographic-overlay technique for some of my silver wedding rings as well as for many of my gold wedding rings, clan rings, and jewelry designs. In case of the overlay rings that I make of sterling silver, it essentially means that I solder a piece of sterling silver plate with a design cut out on top of a solid plate of the same material, making a negative design - called inside graphics - some of which have gold inlays - which is usually oxidized (darkened) in order to make the design stand out against the polished or matte surface of the wedding ring. I like to believe that the use of graphic overlay, which, if executed well, results in minimalist designs of striking simplicity, provides a genuine depth of meaning to my wedding rings. I want the contrast and dramatic movement of (the sometimes black outlined) forms and flowing lines, which are inspired on the ancient mazinaajimowin, the painted dreams and instructions that my ancestors left on rock, copper, leather, and birch bark, to capture the core essence of what I am conveying. Which is: to render a metaphorical, or rather, hidden, meaning in a way that anyone can relate to the universal nature of the imagery."
- Zhaawano Giizhik