Reimagined Components: Vintage sterling silver amethyst rope pendant, bull skull, feather and arrow strung on 21" 3mm brass curb chain.
1888's Take: "The sobering amethyst paired with the power of the bull reminds me of moments in my life when I've needed both clarity and strength. In those moments I have sometimes wished for a little luck as well as a helping hand in guiding me towards the right decisions. Thats where the feather and the arrow come in, serving as those missing aspects...and so the wearer of this talisman can rest assured that they have the tools they need as well as the clarity of mind and heart to push forward confidently in their decisions."
~Bull, Long Horn~
I remember my first job working on a beef farm…the powerful bulls snorting in the cold morning air…their long horns like great dawn sabers…ready…stoic…solid…yet with the great beating of a warm and kind mammal heart resonating its low rhythms to the pasture below, the sky above and its herd to the sides. Let us never forget the respect that such animals deserve for their gifts and sacrifices to humankind.
Because of its virility, power, & regal presence, the bull has been a symbol of divine power, agriculture, sport & respect in many cultures.
My Mother always said that if you find a feather it’s a symbol that you are on your true path, that you should pick it up and keep it for luck on your journey. Feathers have commonly represented everything from the center of the cosmos, to luck. Used in countless cultures around the globe for rituals, ceremonies, as a status symbol or even a plain ol' writing tool, the feather can also be a symbol of versatility. The Navajo Indians used hawk and eagle feathers to make their “Headdress of Feathers”. Only warriors who had displayed extraordinary bravery were allowed to wear it. In the stories created by our jewelry, 1888's feathers represent freedom & the need to soar towards passion. Oh, & a little good luck never hurts.
An arrow knows where it will land the moment it is let loose. Once the archer releases, there is no second chance. At birth we all begin a journey with our inner arrow guiding the way, so follow your arrow, feel the wind in your hair & enjoy the ride!
The name comes from the Koine Greek amethystos "not" and methysko "intoxicate". Traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness & restore a sober mind.
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