Ring - Hummingbird with gold eye
Artist: David Neel
This stunning hummingbird ring was hand carved from sterling silver by First Nations artist David Neel. It has a thick band of sterling silver around the edges and a piece of 14K gold in the eye. Hummingbirds are symbols of good luck and fortune.
About The Artist
David Neel is a Northwest Coast Indian artist and jeweler with 30 years of professional experience. He works with gold, silver, platinum and precious stones to create pieces that reflect the rich cultural heritage of his people, the Kwakiutl first nation of Vancouver Island, Canada.
A hereditary Native artist, he follows in the footsteps of his family, who are some of the leading figures in Northwest coast Native art: including Dave Neel Senior, his father; Ellen Neel, his grandmother; Mungo Martin, his great-great uncle; and Charlie James, his great-great-great grandfather.
David began his career in the traditional way, by apprenticing with carvers from his fathers village of Alert Bay. He has since established a personal style that incorporates the legends and teachings of his people with a contemporary artistic vision. Starting with raw gold, platinum and silver, he skillfully transforms the stories of his ancestors into unique and powerful pieces of jewelry.
Throughout his career he has worked in a number of media, including: woodcarving, photography, painting and printmaking and he is the author of two books on Native culture. David has had dozens of exhibitions in museums and art galleries, and is represented in numerous public collections.
Jewelry design has a special significance for David because of the limitless creative possibilities when working in gold and silver. He also enjoys the meaning that his clients attach to the work; using them to mark important events in their lives; birth, death, relationships, or healing from a chronic illness. Over the years his clients have shared many stories about the symbolism they assign to his pieces, and this is what he finds most fulfilling.