"For the Sake of Our Existence" 1888 Design Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: Upcycled zebra print key with a coyote canine and Alabama luxury tax coin strung on a 23'' brass boxcar chain.
1888's Take: "The word that comes to mind for me when I look at this piece is WILD. I find it important to keep a certain amount of wild within us no matter how old we get, because it's where we came from, it's what we were built off of. We can't ignore it completely or else us as a species, and the world we have created as a whole, would become entirely something else... We wouldn't be us anymore- humans. We'd become some sort of robotic, dystopic existence that is too far gone from our origin. So as cliché as it may sound, please, for the sake of our existence, STAY WILD." -Ali
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once in a lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure, a deep and dark secret, or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock…
Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key, one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.
As many already know, no two zebras have the same stripes, which makes the zebra a potent symbol of individuality and uniqueness. Their striking contrast of colors is often compared to the yin and yang, thus making the zebra a perfect example of finding one’s balance and staying in harmony.
Coyotes in Native American folklore often represent hidden wisdom and a strong sense of humor!
~Claws, Teeth, Bones~
The claws, teeth, and bones of wild animals have historically been worn as symbols of prowess & social standing. Deep admiration was given to those who could kill the most fearsome of beasts. It's no longer a necessity for most of us to hunt for our survival, so the wearing of claws, teeth, & bones has become symbolic of overcoming great obstacles despite our fears, and connecting with our inner animal as we charge forth the evolution of the spirit
~Alabama State Luxury Tax Token~
During the Great Depression some states created these tokens as a means for customers to pay tax on very small items where the tax would have been less than a penny. Undoubtedly a unique addition to any history buffs collection.
On the 14th of December 1819 as a direct effect of the Indian wars, Alabama was officially made the 22nd state. This State rich in history has acted as theatre to events like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the WW2 era “New Deal”. However, the richness of this deeply cultured state predates European settlement. At least 12,000 years ago, Native Americans or Paleo-Indians in the Southeast were hunter-gatherers who pursued a wide range of animals, including the megafauna, which became extinct following the end of the Pleistocene age.
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.