Reimagined Components: Antique early-mid 1800s metal detector of Celtic Caim and sun symbol from the UK, authentic canine tooth and feather strung on a 24'' brown, soft leather cord held by a hand-drilled animal bone bead.
1888's Take: Having your own strength and will power to overcome life's challenging obstacles is already a great recipe for success. But add to it the ancient wisdom of the circle of protection... the undeniable trust that lives deep within the soul that our ancestors are protecting us in our every move... now this is a sure way of having absolute confidence that nothing stands in our way, nothing that we are not equipped to overcome, that is. And when we embody that as our realty... then what is left to fear?
~Celtic Circle / Caim Symbol~
The Caim symbol, (directly translating to "protection" or "sanctuary") otherwise known as the Celtic Circle, is a representation of the Celtic tradition of casting a ring around one as a means of protection. This was a sacred practice performed during a praying circle or most commonly, casted around a couple during their wedding ceremony. This ring was drawn around the one(s) in which protection, wholeness, and a sense of community was intended for.
~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.
My 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.
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.