Reimagined Components: Vintage gold tone abalone inlay pendant with hand drilled light and dark amber beads and upcycled vintage spacer beads strung on a 20'' leather brown leather.
1888's Take: 1888's Take: "While drilling the amber beads to resize them I could smell the sweet scent of ancient sap... It made me feel that although everything is in a constant state of change there are elementals that remain, or at least outlast some of the changes. In this case, the sap having undergone the process of fossilization still carrying with it its original sweetness underneath its now rocklike form." -Nathan
When I close my eyes and think back on my own memories of the abalone, a mix of contrasting images come to mind...One such memory is from Jamestown Rhode island. In my uncle's house I would see these enormous deep see abalone shells strewn about on almost every surface (usually used as ashtrays)...so many rare treasures I would think...made rarer still when I learned that my uncle had dawned his deep-sea diving gear and harvested them himself during his time setting up a dive school on the opposite coast. The second is learning the traditional smudging ceremony from my mother...enter a room...light the sage...walk around the space counterclockwise twice then smudge the sage out in the abalone shell...
Amber is fossilized tree resin, appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. The sap is the natural healer of the tree representing the ability to heal as well as protection from sickness.
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.