Reimagined Components: A single vintage gold-tone collar tip embellished with a horseshoe paired with an upcycled twisted rope hoop from a broken necklace and filled with hand-crushed pyrite stone in the collar slot. The braided brass rope chain measures 23''. The matching colors of each component and twisted/braided forms found across this western-style necklace compliment each other beautifully.
Components Found in: Quartzsite AZ
The collar tip is a well-recognized component in traditional western wear. The slotted tip fits onto the end of a shirt collar and is fastened with the adjustable screw in the back of the tip as a decorative addition to formal wear. Thought to have been worn regularly by cowboys, the collar tip was often only worn on special occasions.
Horseshoes have been a classic symbol for good luck for centuries not only in the western world, but in different civilizations all over the globe. The Chinese saw its long, curved body style similar to that of Nagendra- the sacred snake. The Turks associated its shape with the crescent moon, the symbol of Isis and their beloved country. The Romans saw it as a symbol of luck within the military, as the tired soldiers got a break from marching on foot when an officer brought the men to a halt if a horseshoe was lost from their horse.
Tying the knot, securing the future, adding stability or many small weaker threads coming together to be strong. The rope stands as a symbol of protection, preparedness, strength in unity and a willingness to trust.
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