"The Guitarist's Stones" Guitar Peg, Turquoise and Wampum Shell Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: We found this used guitar tuning peg in a rumble pile in Amarillo TX and removed the broken peg so we could replace it with these hand-drilled spider turquoise and wampum salvaged components. The Hole in the top of the peg was widened to place a sturdy jump ring through it. It has been strung on a 3mm 24" gun-metal rounded box chain.
Components Found in: Amarillo TX & Long Beach CA
Spider turquoise is formed when a cluster of turquoise nuggets are naturally cemented together with a dark matrix and when a cabochon is cut reveals a spider web-like pattern. For thousands of years, turquoise has been prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility, and immortality. In many Native American cultures, it represents the great spirit in the sky and is often referred to as the Sky Stone. It’s believed that if a crack forms in the stone, it has taken the injury for its wearer.
Wampum is a traditional shell bead of the Eastern Woodland tribes of the American Indians. It includes the white shell beads fashioned from the North Atlantic channeled whelk shell and the white and purple beads made from the quahog or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam.
Ahhh the sounds of wood & steel. I got my first guitar when I was 13 and I haven’t gone a day since without picking it up and strumming a few cords. There’s just something about a guitar that brings out our adventurous spirit and deeply ingrained need to tell our stories through song.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.