Reimagined Components: Vintage sterling silver feather with amber and turquoise charms with a brass arrow backer strung on a 21'' stainless steel 1.5mm oval link chain
1888's Take: When I first pieced together the components of this design I thought to myself "No, there's too many colors and different metals mixed together. You can't do that." And that thought alone was the very reason why I decided to keep it exactly as it was- to go against what I had painted as a rule inside my head of strict uniformity. It's this sense of breaking out of your own learned habits, guidelines, and routines, that takes you farther along the path of growth and transformation. Take this as a sign to let your creative mind flow freely, and accept your creations based on nothing else but the pure beauty they hold in your eyes.
Amber is fossilized tree resin, appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. The sap is the natural healer of the tree representing the ability to heal as well as protection from sickness.
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.
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!
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.