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"Strange Magic" Vintage Wooden Cactus Sterling Silver Studded Earrings

$ 175.00

These matching vintage wooden cabochons with the most adorable hand-carved cactus drawings were salvaged from a huge rubble pile at a Canadian flea market. We took these little vintage wonders and made a pure sterling silver setting with handmade flower and leaf adornments to house them in. These studded earrings make a huge statement although are surprisingly lightweight for their size (that's the beauty of working with wood!) We can't get over how cool and rare it is that a pair of cactus earrings somehow found their way to the depths of snowy, eastern Canada, and returned to their desert home to be reborn into something new. 

Components discovered in Montreal Canada


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 is preserved and/or sealed to ensure its longevity and protection. Each and every item is made by hand by owners Nathan and Ali, therefore, some small imperfections or variations may be present in your design. To us, this only adds to the beauty and rarity of your particular piece. 1888 Design does not claim ownership over the design or production of any vintage, antique, or otherwise repurposed object used in the creation of our jewelry. 

Each 1888 Design piece contains unique elements of symbolic or historic value that mean something different to us all. Let's break down what the elements in this design are


The mighty cactus is a powerful symbol of resilience, resourcefulness, and protection. Amazingly, some of these succulents can live up to 200 years old and can even go up to a year or two without water. They not only hold on to water deep within their flesh and roots, but also have the ability to collect tiny water molecules from the wind through their thorny spines. For anyone looking for the strength to not only survive in harsh conditions but be able to thrive within them, the cactus is a powerful totem to carry with you. 


It's safe to say that for as long as humans have walked the earth flowers have been given as tokens of love, friendship, affection, intention, accomplishment & sympathy. The beauty of a flower evokes unexpressed thoughts &  feelings that can be difficult to find words for. Delicate and often needing careful nurturing to bloom flowering plants can open our hearts to the vulnerable tenderness that so desires brightly colored expression.


"The quiet power that created progress for humanity." Wood is one of the most versatile, essential, and sacred substances of our whole existence. Without fire, oxygen, and shelter, there would be no "us". Humans have been utilizing wood since the earliest recognition that we could make use of the materials around us. From utensils, furniture, tools, weapons, and means of transportation, wood has surely played a prominent role in our human evolution, although humans aren't the only ones to appreciate and adopt wood into its existence. Many animals and insects find homes and hideouts within these natural abodes, as well as a large variety of fungus thriving on nothing more but the decaying titans of the forest. To some, different types of wood hold unique masculine or feminine energies with different types of magic properties. For example, Applewood holds a feminine energy and promotes peace, harmony, and the appearance of spiritual visions, while hickory wood holds a masculine energy and promotes leadership skills, wholeness, and a sense of direction.


Kate L

"When the earrings arrived the whole opening experience was so beautiful. The story, sweet postcard, the feather, and finally opening the earrings box - I've been wearing them all day and they feel like they're supposed to be with me"

Tracie W

"Everything is packaged beautifully and very well made. I highly recommend 1888 Design!"

Charles G

"Beautiful unique designs. Always quality!"

Shannon J

"Deliveries are always on time and packaging has always been wonderful."


Can I resize this item?

If a product page does not have a drop down option for size selections, or if the product description does not state a need for the customer to input their desired size in the notes section of their purchase, then we are NOT able to resize the item. Some exceptions can be made with chain lengths. Please reach out to us at and we will try to accommodate as best we can.

Are your earrings hypoallergenic?

All earring posts are made out of sterling silver, stainless steel, or brass metals unless otherwise stated in the product description. Sterling silver and stainless steel are both hypoallergenic metals. Brass can react differently among different skin types, so we advise knowing your body's tolerance to brass prior to purchasing earrings with brass ear posts. Again, all metals used are stated in each product's description tab.

Can I order this as a gift?

Yes! Please leave us a note at checkout stating that this order is a gift along with the name of the recipient so we can address them properly in the packaging.

I would like something similar to this product

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Sourced with attention

It's a feel good thing

All components used in our jewelry are found and carefully selected with beauty, durability, safety, and vibrant, lasting energy in mind

Packaged with intention

For a feel good experience

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