Reimagined Components: A small single vertebrae bone from a opossum that we found, cleaned, polished and sealed by hand. This simple accent piece-type design hangs from a 17'' 1.5mm gold-tone oval link chain.
Components Found in: Manhattan Beach CA
~Claws, Teeth, Bones~
Across the human story, claws, teeth, and bones have traditionally been worn to showcase a variety of things. One’s hunting prowess, social standing, medicinal knowledge, or place of origin could be assessed before a single word was spoken during an interaction. Nowadays, the wearing of these materials has become mostly symbolic. We’d like to think of wearing these materials as a form of respect paid to the animals for their contributions to our world.
The North American Opossum is a polarizing creature. Many consider this marsupial a rat-like pest shoeing it away from their garbage cans and off their fences. While others see it as a friendly nocturnal visitor and find its dark and wide eyes and bushy fur sweet and cuddly. Whatever your take may be, when an opossum comes into your life you should think about what it could symbolize. If you were to startle the creature quick enough it would play dead. That is to say, it would play possum. Its instinct tells it that a dead possum isn’t nearly as appealing as a live one and it simply plops over and waits out the danger. Think about how much courage that would take to trust the nature of your challenger enough to know that it wouldn’t attack if you simply acted a certain way. The Opossum also carries its young clinging to its back seemingly unencumbered by the burden as it scavenges for anything it can find to feed its family. In general, opossums are thought to be a good omen and carry with them a symbol of fertility and strong family protection.
DISCLAIMER: Any and all animal specimens that we use in our designs are ethically sourced, either found in nature predeceased by natural causes or sourced from an ethical handler. WE NEVER HARM OR KILL ANIMALS FOR THE SAKE OF OUR ART. The purpose of including animal remains in our designs is to honor the animal's being and speak upon the lessons they teach us in life.
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.