Reimagined Components: A beautiful vintage sterling silver multi-turquoise stone orphan earring meets a unique vintage Buffalo key and silver-tone feather. A match made in heaven, in our opinion. The design hangs on a 24'' gun metal plated boxcar chain.
Components Found in: El Segundo CA & Quartzsite AZ
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 an injury for its wearer.
Interestingly, the iconic American Buffalo might not actually be a buffalo at all! Many agree that this large majestic beast is in fact a bison, since it is not in the same genus as the two buffalo of the Old World. The word buffalo comes from the French word “boeuff” meaning “large cow”- hence the term “beef”. Many see the symbolism of the buffalo to be a reminder of harnessing our strength through kindness, and that our desires/abundance will present itself when we show true gratitude and appreciation for all aspects of our lives.
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once in a lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure, a deep and dark secret, or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock…
Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key, one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.
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, and 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.
An orphan earring is 1888's term for a single earring that has lost its other pair. Many might see these as now useless, which makes it one of our favorite items to rescue and repurpose!
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.