Reimagined Components: Real opossum rib bones that we found and delicately & respectfully cleaned, polished, drilled and sealed. Strung with real red coral beads salvaged from a broken necklace, these designs hang from sterling silver fishhook earring posts.
Components Found in: Manhattan Beach CA & Long Beach CA
~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.
The North American Opossum is a polarizing creature. Many consider this marsupial a rat-like pest shoeing it away from their garbage cans and off their fences. While others see it as a friendly nocturnal visitor and find its dark and wide eyes and bushy fur sweet and cuddly. Whatever your take may be, when an opossum comes into your life you should think about what it could symbolize. If you were to startle the creature quick enough it would play dead. That is to say, it would play possum. Its instinct tells it that a dead possum isn’t nearly as appealing as a live one and it simply plops over and waits out the danger. Think about how much courage that would take to trust the nature of your challenger enough to know that it wouldn’t attack if you simply acted a certain way. The Opossum also carries its young clinging to its back seemingly unencumbered by the burden as it scavenges for anything it can find to feed its family. In general, opossums are thought to be a good omen and carry with them a symbol of fertility and strong family protection.
This beautiful natural and oceanic material is known to help promote transformation and well-being. Red coral is commonly known as the stone of transformation and peace. The red color symbolizes many different concepts to the Indigenous Americans including birth, war, strength, power, happiness, speed and beauty.
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.