Reimagined Components: Vintage sterling silver black onyx earring tied to an antique porcelain dresser knob with two silver feathers attached to a soft black leather cord. (Necklace length measures 27'', top of pendant to ends is an extra 5'')
1888's Take: There's an interesting yet totally sensical paradox between being light and delicate, yet strong and powerful. It's the two contrasting forces coming together as one that makes for a perfect creation due to this one important factor- balance. Ancient Chinese philosophy teaches of the Yin and Yang concept, a concept of dualism where opposing forces seem to in fact compliment one another, balancing out all aspects of the positive and negative, the soft and heavy, the male and female, the black and white, to create a wonderful harmony...a perfect wholeness.
A powerful warrior stone, Onyx helps stomp out negative thought patterns stemming from the most debilitating and toxic emotion of them all – fear. Include Onyx in your gem collection and always know that whatever happens, this powerful root chakra stone always has your back.
The European name “porcelain” in English comes from the old Italian porcellana, meaning cowrie shell, or puka shell, because of its resemblance to the surface of this shell. Porcelain is often regarded as the most prestigious type of pottery for its delicacy, strength, and its white color.
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.
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.