Reimagined Components: North Carolina coast Quahog wampum hand found, drilled and polished with two vintage crown beads strung on 22" brown leather.
1888's Take: "The beautiful gifts that nature allows us is sometimes a partnership. This shell was by any account beautiful on its own half buried in the North Carolina sand before I stumbled upon it. But it was my finding it that changed its path...my recognition and vision for it that was the rest of its then unwritten story. So we made a pact. I would show it the world beyond the beach and teach it what human love and creation was and it would allow me to effect it in my way. This necklace is the result."
Wampum is a traditional shell bead of the Eastern Woodlands tribes of American Indians. It includes the white shell beads fashioned from the North Atlantic channeled whelk shell and the white and purple beads made from the quahog or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam.
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.