Hummingbird Spirit .925 Sterling Silver Earrings from Metal Arts Group and designed by Pacific Northwest artist Bill Helin. The Hummingbird is often portrayed as a sign of good luck, representing intelligence, healing, beauty and love. Seen as a joyful messenger, its ability to hover back and forth at great speeds allows it to guide those who may have lost their way.
The earrings measure approximately 1 3/8 inches long (as measured from the top of the sterling silver ear wires) by 5/8 inch diameter. Designed and made in the USA. Gift boxed.
Bill Helin was born in Prince Rupert B.C. Canada. His mother is Norwegian and his late father was a Tsimshian Indian Chief by the name of Hyemass. His grandfather, Henry Helin, was Chief of the Girlan Tribe, and his grandmother, Maud Helin, was Chieftainess of the Gitgeese Tribe.
Helin studied at the famous Ksan Indian Art School in B.C. where he learned traditional design, tool making, wood carving and jewelry engraving under Tsimshian master artists. Bill has mastered the skill of wood carving and worked on the world's largest totem pole, which now stands in Victoria, B.C.
In 1987 he studied at the Gemological Institute of America where he learned gemology and gem setting to enhance the beauty and uniqueness of his amazing story bracelets and wedding rings. His other passions are acrylic painting, story book writing and illustration. He also loves to share the stories and songs of his Tsimshian heritage and teach children the importance of culture.