Reimagined Components: Vintage Coca-Cola bottle, vintage Las Vegas sweetheart and dice orphan earring and silver tone lightning bolt strung on a 20'' 3mm braided brass rope chain
1888's Take: "Some of our pieces, the unique combination of individual parts, can tell a certain story, set the stage for a scene in a movie even. The scene is so clear to me in this movie here. Visiting Las Vegas perhaps for the first time, back in the 80s or early 90s. You're gambling, rolling the dice, taking part in the eccentric nightlife. Sipping a whiskey Coke on ice... Here's a certain spark, a lust in your eyes because Vegas puts people under that kind of spell for a while... and you're completely taken over by the love-struck lightning. That, is the place and time this piece takes me to." -Ali
Las Vegas, translating to “the meadows”, was only but a vast terrain of green marshes and rivers before it became one of the world’s largest entertainment centers. The town landed on the map in 1905 due to the area’s large availability of water, making it an ideal rest stop/refueling point during the construction of the Los Angeles- Salt Lake railroad line. Almost 30 years later when the Hoover Dam (formerly known as the Boulder Dam) was being built, the town had seen a huge influx of young male workers, thus responding in a boom of hotels, theaters, and casinos. In 1966, Howard Hughes moved to Las Vegas and had an incredible influence on the production of the city’s hotel and entertainment business, spending an estimated $300 million on the largest hotels, real estate and media centers, especially those associated with organized crime and the Mafia.
Among the top few leading brands of the entire world, Coca-Cola was introduced to the public in 1886 ironically as a medicinal elixir. Inventor John Pemberton claimed the drink as a cure to many health conditions including morphine addiction, indigestion, nerve disorders, headaches and impotence. As we are now all aware of the harmful health effects that Coke products embody, some of us can't deny the joyous nostalgia that a classic bottle of Coca-Cola brings to the heart. The memory of mindlessly enjoying this sweet beverage as a happy child in the summertime, or imagining our grandparents drink the same beloved recipe when they were kids as well... the brand has steadily kept its reputation as a staple in our culture and kitchen cabinets for over a century. It reminds me that some things in life deserve to be enjoyed in moderation when striking such a heart-felt, reminiscent cord of our past.
As a symbol, dice represent luck and a chance for something more. We kiss the dice or blow on them to get them to fall the way we need. We’ll hold them to our chest and close our eyes to influence the way they will land. Whether you believe these superstitions will have an effect doesn’t matter. What matters is that we believe in that moment that we have some say in what is fundamentally a probabilistic universe. The observer effect as stated in quantum physics roughly states that nothing is decided or formed until the object is observed by a perceiving consciousness, so it sounds to me that we do have some say in creating a bit of our own luck.
Dice have at least 5,000 years of history as an equalizing tool of recreation. They were found carved from the knuckle bones of cloven-hoofed animals such as sheep, goats or cattle, or made from rectangular sticks carved for ancient games of chance. In 1333 BCE Tutankhamen’s tomb was found to contain many board games and knuckle bone dice.
"Because when that realization, that pure immense spark comes crashing down on you… it will light your heart and soul on fire with electric love, leaving you forever changed."
An orphan earring is 1888's term for a single earring that has lost its other pair. Many might see these as now useless, which makes it one of our favorite items to rescue and repurpose!
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.