Reimagined Components: Antique STAR HFD4 key, sterling silver turquoise squash blossom and salvaged sterling eagle feather strung on 26" Brown leather.
1888's Take: "This piece speaks of lost treasures both tangible and of the spirit as they return and reinvent like the deep breath of the tides. Even as I write these words I can feel the chills of their truth running up the back of my head to my crown chakra...recently I've been feeling a loss of connection to my spirit and have decided to dedicate some time to meeting myself again through meditation and creativity. This necklace combines three treasures pulled from scrap piles all lost and separate from their original creations.. but found again and given new life together on this storied talisman."
The squash blossom has become ever more popular in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. It’s unique array of squash blossom flowers in combination with the Naja symbol at its center seems to speak to people of all origins. It is thought to be rooted in the traditions of the Dine people and was later adopted by the Zuni, Navajo and Hopi as well as other tribes of the North American plains. The blossom itself did not have a specific ceremonial purpose but was more considered a status symbol. When it comes to squash blossoms it was and remains the bigger the better. We at 1888 Design appreciate the design for its aesthetic power. One can’t help but notice the squash blossom as it glistens alive and proud on its wearer.
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 the injury for its wearer.
Our imaginations have been captivated by the stars since the first sentient human looked up and wondered what those iridescent glowing orbs could possibly be. The five-pointed star has been found on mason jars dating back to 3100 B.C.E uncovered North of Thebes in Egypt. It's been etched onto ancient Mesopotamian tablets dating back to 3200 B.C.E.What makes the Star such a prolific symbol across human culture? Perhaps, it’s close association to the heavens or its perfect Pythagorean geometry. It represents hope, serves as a guiding light to show us the way home and so much more..."
~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 or secrets 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.
My Mother always said that if you find a feather it’s a symbol that you are on your true path, you should pick it up & keep it for luck on your journey. Commonly has 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.