925 Sterling silver earrings designed by Mustaali Raj and hand-crafted by First Nations artist John Velten in Vancouver, Canada. The earrings symbolize strength and hope on the path of social justice. All earrings come with a collectable print of the original artwork.
Size: 0.75in x 0.5in Weight: 2g
— Allow for 2-3 weeks production time. — Note: Earrings may darken over time but can be polished with the cloth provided to maintain the shine.
— About the motif
The Hand of Hope is inspired by artwork created by Mustaali Raj symbolizing strength and hope on the path of social justice. In collaboration with First Nations artist John Velten, the drawing was brought to life in the form of sterling silver earrings. The open palm motif is an ancient symbol of safety and healing that is layered with meanings over time through the lens of different cultures. Some of the other renditions are known as the hand of Fatima, the (K)hamsa, hand of Miriam, hand of Mary, the Healer’s hand, and the Abhayamudra — a gesture of fearlessness that dispels fear, accords divine protection and much more.
— About the artists
Mustaali Raj is a visual artist and graphic designer with an inter-disciplinary practice. Being both a third culture kid and an avid traveller, his multi-faceted sense of belonging and experiences play an important role in exploring intersection of identities through his work.
Born and raised in Kwikwetlem (Coquitlam), John Velten is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose mixed roots stem from Europe, with German ancestry and North-West Territories with Dene ancestry. These contrasting lineages speak to his perspective, ability as an artist and affluence of different cultures. He is also the co-founder of First Nations Gallery — a jewelry production and collaboration hub for First Nations artists.