Bolo tie Spring Leaf
Bolo tie Lenteblad
Title: Oshki-aniibiish (Spring Leaf")
Type: Bolo tie
Materials: sterling silver, turquoise, black leather
Description: Sterling silver slide. A hand-cut turquoise stone set in a sterling silver bezel is placed in the center of the slide.
Size: 2.16535 x 1.81102 inch (55 x 46 mm) sterling silver slide
Price: 1,396.00 CAD* / 1015.00 USD*/1000,00 EUR **
Item number: ZHAAWANART-BT-3
*Prices are indicative and depend on the current silver and turquoise prices and the current EUR/DOLLAR exchange rates. Shipping costs included, US and Canadian tax rates and 5.9% additional PayPal money transfer and/or credit card fees excluded. Please note that payment through WISE is free of extra charges.
**Prices are indicative and depend on the current silver and turquoise prices. Shipping costs excluded, Dutch BTW included.
N.B.1: Prices exclude 5.9% additional money transfer and/or credit card fees. International bank-to-bank transfers are free of charge.
N.B.2: Persons holding a Canadian First Nations status card and living and working on their reserve are generally tax exempt.
>> Go to Stories to read about the symbolic meaning of the bolo tie.
A willow leaf as symbol of new life in spring
The light of Gimishoomisinaan Giizis ("Our Grandfather sun") gives new life to the tree leaves in ziigwan, or springtime. A stylized leaf of the oziisigobiminzh (black willow tree) was chosen to span the stone inside the bolo tie slide because as deciduous plants, oziisigobiminzhiig (willows) in winter lose their leaves, but they're among the first tree relatives to leaf out again the following spring. New growth appears in the Onaabani-giizis (Snowcrust Moon; the month of March) and Iskigamizige-giizis (Sugarbushing Moon; the month of April) in most areas, giving the bare branches a green hue and the foliage a shiny green color on the tip and softer green below.
The bright blue of the oval turquoise cabochon stone in the bolo slide stands for the warm south, the residence of the Animikii Binesiwag, or Thunderbirds who cause rain, and the leaves of trees and plants to grow. The silver leaf spanning the stone is for aniibiishan aanji-niigiwin, or rejuvenation of the leaves. My ancestors called these green spring leaves "ashkibag," plural: "ashkibagoon."
The inlaid geometric designs in the oxidized (blackened) rim placed around the bezel relate to the physical world of thunders and lightning, fires, winds, rains, and mountains. In conclusion, the twisted wire placed on the outer edge of the bolo slide represents the rhythm and continuity of life as well as the endless cycle of the seasons.
It represents what my ancestors called bimaadiziwin: Life in the fullest sense.