"One Home One Planet One Source" 1888 Design Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: Vintage sterling silver handcrafted feather with a partial vintage sterling silver fetish bear, red coral, black onyx, and turquoise beaded orphan earring with an antique skeleton key backer strung on 24" 3mm gunmetal box chain.
1888's Take: "Every time we combine symbols from different cultures while preserving the uniqueness of each pendant addition, it feels a bit like pulling the world together. Not in a way that takes away from one's unique heritage, but rather to help it tell the story of many peoples, many modes of being, all living in and being from one home, one planet, one source." - Nathan
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.
The gorgeous shell of the ocean dwelling red coral is known to help promote transformation and a feeling of deep well-being.
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.
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 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.
~Bear, Bear Claw ~
The bear represents an ability to act fiercely when necessary, but only if absolutely needed. They are ferocious protectors of their young & unpredictable when aggressive. Native American tribes use the bear to represent the warrior's spirit.
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.