Reimagined Components: Vintage Mt. Shasta pin with a copper feather, arrowhead, and antique gold tone button strung on a 23" brown leather cord.
1888's Take: Most often, intuition does not come with any words. It is a feeling one has, one that they're just so sure of despite the fact that it cannot be described. People over the course of a thousand or so years have felt this undeniable draw towards the land that is Mount Shasta. How assured they all must have felt after arriving and feeling the great energetic force that they somehow knew was there... Sometimes our feelings and decisions we make don't need explanations. They don't require rhythm or reason. That intuitive feeling in your belly is all you need to know for which direction to go.
Located in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest of Northern California (about 50 miles south of the Oregon border) Mount Shasta is actually an active stratovolcano that formed around 593,000 years ago. It is the 5th highest point in all of California and is home to 7 different glaciers. The Karuk Indians called Mount Shasta “Úytaahkoo”, which means “White Mountain.” Most interestingly, this location is known to be the Root Chakra of the earth- one of the 7 energy centers of the world. These 7 locations are said to have amplified spiritual, metaphysical, and even extraterrestrial activity.
Native Americans have long believed that wearing an arrowhead as a talisman is a symbol of protection, courage, and strength. Plus, it's always handy to have an extra should you need it.
Buttons are filled with historic symbolism. From the beautiful mother of pearl buttons made in the 1940's by the Lucky Day Co., to those still being pulled from the earth having fallen from the uniforms of Confederate & Union Civil War soldiers alike. Wearing buttons as jewelry may have a more practical history. Perhaps, it was just a smart thing to do should one lose a button from their jacket. One could then find cause to wear a button as a symbol of preparedness, protection and backup...
Mother always said that if you find a feather it’s a symbol that you are on your true path, that you should pick it up and keep it for luck on your journey. Feathers have commonly represented everything from the center of the cosmos, to luck. Used in countless cultures around the globe for rituals, ceremonies, as a status symbol or even a plain ol' writing tool, the feather can also be a symbol of versatility. The Navajo Indians used hawk and eagle feathers to make their “Headdress of Feathers”. Only warriors who had displayed extraordinary bravery were allowed to wear it. In the stories created by our jewelry, 1888's feathers represent freedom & the need to soar towards passion. Oh, & a little good luck never hurts.
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.