Reimagined Components: Hand-drilled dogtooth amethyst crystal with salvaged wampum shell discs and spider turquoise beads strung on a 27" tan leather cord.
1888's Take: "I am often blown away at the colors that nature can produce. The vibrant blue and deep purple here are almost too beautiful to be real, and yet they are. However, let us go a bit deeper into the matter. They are not really a color at all. That is to say, the surface of their unique elemental combination is absorbing every spectrum of light except the color you are seeing. So they are actually everything except blue and purple..." - Nathan
The name comes from the Koine Greek amethystos "not" and methysko "intoxicate". Traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness & restore a sober mind.
Wampum is a traditional shell bead of the Eastern Woodlands tribes of American Indians. It includes the white shell beads fashioned from the North Atlantic channeled whelk shell and the white and purple beads made from the quahog or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam.
Spider turquoise is formed when a cluster of turquoise nuggets are naturally cemented together with a dark matrix and when a cabochon is cut reveals a spider web-like pattern. 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.
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.