Reimagined Components: Vintage silver mermaid and opal crystal ball pendant strung on a 25'' 3mm gun metal box chain
1888's Take: "Growing up I was always known as 'the mermaid girl'. I LOVED mermaids and everything about them. Their mysterious demeanor, their devilish lure... everything about them screaming femininity... And what was especially intriguing was the debate on their actual true presence in the world... I think just about every single high school art project I completed was centered around mermaids. Around holidays and birthdays I couldn't count how many mermaid presents I had received. Even people I barely had been acquainted with knew me as the girl who loved mermaids. As I have gotten older and moved across state lines less and less people refer to the mermaid when they think of me, but it's always been a sweet thing to look back on from my younger years." -Ali
Mermaids (also historically referred to as sirens) hold an incredibly vast and diverse place in both ancient and present day folklore. With the first known stories emerging around 1000 BC, merfolk have been written about in nearly every corner of the world. Some of the earliest known mythological gods and goddesses were depicted as part man-part fish, with the 7000 year old Babylonian god Ea being the first of its kind. However, the first god to have the greatest resemblance to the classic mermaid history has repeatedly shown us (human-form upper body and fish tail lower body) was the Assyrian goddess Atargatis. Legend goes that Atargatis, ashamed of herself for accidentally killing her mortal lover, casted herself away to the water to take on the form of a fish, but the sea refused to hide her divine beauty, thus transforming only her lower half to an aquatic form.
These majestic yet highly mysterious creatures have managed to create a wide variety of tales around them from whimsical, romantic myths to catastrophic horror stories. Some cultures like the Chinese and Irish described mermaid encounters as a sign of love and immortality, some even saying that the tears of a mermaid will form the most beautiful pearls on Earth. Other cultures like the Greeks and British viewed mermaids as bad omens. Their infamous tales told of sailors getting lured out to sea by the sound of a beautiful mermaid’s song, only to then be drowned to death. Many believed that the sighting of a mermaid was a sure sign of shipwreck, treacherous storms ahead, and eventual death for the person who caught a glimpse of the mischievous sea-spawn.
Reports of mermaid sightings have been ongoing for thousands of years but hard evidence that these ethereal creatures exist remains lost at sea, so to speak. Today, people associate the mermaid with mystery, lust, non-conformity, and the divine feminine.
Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity. It Also has a history of shipwrecks associated with it making it warning stone to stay away for potential pirates!
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.