Owen Walker has been making and selling these custom made hand carved Sterling Silver Northwest Totem design rings for over 30 yrs at Walker Goldsmiths. These 5 rings shown in the photo are Eagle, Kingfisher, 2 Salmon, and Raven. These are two dimensional designs with some slight deeper carving here and there. Owen makes them in all sizes and widths in many different Totem Designs. These 5 rings range in width from the smallest at 6mm to the widest at 10mm. He also has made them in white and yellow gold. The custom hand carved Sterling Silver rings pictured here vary in price from $75 to $150 depending on size and width.
The history of hand carved Sterling totem rings goes back to fur trade days on the northwest coast when the Native people got beads, iron, copper, clothing, guns, gold and silver coins in trade for their furs. They turned the useless coins into works of art and in turn sold them back to the traders at a handsome profit. There are many wonderful old archival photos of chief’s wives and women of status wearing hand carved bracelets and rings.