Reimagined Components: Vintage real silver Mexican coin with a crushed green turquoise mosaic inlay and indigenous man in headdress strung on 20" 3mm gun metal box chain.
1888's Take: "I can't help but notice that the running man engraved on this coin is heading right towards a cactus. Which will undeniably result in an uncomfortable accident. It made me think... about the line between bravery and foolishness. There will always be danger and risk in this life. Without it there is no balance but, if one runs towards danger, perhaps to show their bravery, then one must be prepared. In this case I hope he's wearing thick leather shoes and pants so that the sharp barbs of the cactus can not harm him. As a lesson for life I think that testing ourselves can be a welcome right of passage since our society has set it up that we have almost none...but don't run blindly, foolishly into danger. Prepare yourself for what's to come but most importantly... do it anyway!"
The Cactus is native to arid regions of the Americas & is adapted to extremely dry & hot environments. As a symbol, the cactus signifies these arid & dangerously parched regions, However, the plant itself,in particular, the bright yellow cactus flower symbolizes warmth, protection, & endurance.
For thousands of years, turquoise has been prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility, and immortality. In many Native American cultures, it represents the great spirit in the sky and is often referred to as the Sky Stone. It’s believed that if a crack forms in the stone, it has taken the injury for its wearer.
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.