"The Galaxy, The Tree & The Sea" 1888 Design Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: Lake Bluff Illinois pine tree key and vintage abalone swirling galaxy pendant pairing strung on 22" 4mm brass boxcar chain.
1888's Take: "It was somewhat of a challenge to figure out what to call the swirling arcs behind the abalone on this vintage pendant. We saw it as a sun, a Celtic knot a galaxy a Fibonacci spiral but in the end realized that when we find these treasures sometimes we have to just go with our gut. To us...this pendant is a spiraling galaxy with water at its center represented by the abalone shell. We as the observer can change the way we see things anytime we like as long as it helps our sense of understanding the moment and feel a connection with an object or experience. Nothing is set in stone...not even stone."
There was a time not so long ago that our milky way was thought to be the entirety of the universe. Understandable given the fact that our milky way is unimaginably big…52,850 light years across to be exact. So, when Edwin Hubble on Jan 1st 1925 had his paper read aloud to an eager and excited crowd he changed the paradigm of our universe and our place in it instantaneously. This paper would illuminate Hubble’s incredible discovery that there were indeed galaxies beyond our own. His discovery paved the way for the big bang theory to be born and in one moment increased the size of the known universe by a factor of 100,000.
When I close my eyes and think back on my own memories of the abalone, a mix of contrasting images come to mind...One such memory is from Jamestown Rhode Island. In my uncle's house I would see these enormous deep see abalone shells strewn about on almost every surface (usually used as ashtrays)...so many rare treasures I would think...made rarer still when I learned that my uncle had dawned his deep-sea diving gear and harvested them himself during his time setting up a dive school on the opposite coast. The second is learning the traditional smudging ceremony from my mother...enter a room...light the sage...walk around the space counterclockwise twice then smudge the sage out in the abalone shell...
*The brilliantly iridescent inner shell of the abalone is in stark contrast to its sea scarred outer shell making it a symbol one's inner beauty. The Shell itself is thick calcium carbonate and extremely tough. Many Native American Cultures traditionally use it as a smudge bowl & believe it holds healing properties especially with unstable emotions.
Native Americans believe the pine tree with its sturdy trunk and thick needles that stay green all winter believe that this tree represents wisdom and longevity. It reminds me of the sticky sap I would get all over my clothes while trying to climb up its rough bark or, the huge clumps of snow that would build up and then plop down on my winter hat giving me an unwelcome icy surprise down the neck of my winter coat. One of my favorite facts about the pine is that if you boil the needles, you get a delicious tea that is high in Vitamin C. What a tree!
I felt that the forest itself, the animals, the landscape, was there to be act as a welcome partner in my wild imaginings.”
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in one of our designs. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once in a lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure or secrets or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock…
Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.