Reimagined Components: When we found this sterling silver ring it was missing its stone. After cleaning the silver as well as reshaping the band and bezel, we decided to hand-cut a cabochon from a large bovine bone we found on a hike in Bisbee Arizona. The bone was shaped to perfectly fit the bezel and polished before being carefully set. There are stamped suns on either side of the thick silver band. It is a size 9
Components Found in: Cottonwood AZ & Bisbee AZ
Ali and I pay close attention to the animals that find our way to us and the cow has been showing up in our world a lot this first year of Van Life. Just recently we were camping on public lands with cows grazing all around us as we slept. In the morning one fuzzy brown cow gave us the gift of its curiosity and even though all of its cow friends seemed a bit too to get close to us, it slowly and surely inched its way into our camp. Ali stretched her hand out many times asking “Bessy” to join us and for an hour we just existed with this beautiful creature.
On Easter morning this year Ali and I went for a walk around our campsite and came across the entire Skeleton of a cow. We said a few words of respect and gratitude then harvested its skull and a few other bones to work into our jewelry and art.
A few months before that in Bisbee AZ we were camping on private lands and again came across the skeleton of a small cow. After again giving thanks we took just one leg bone that day to use and it is from that bone we made our first bovine bone beads.
Additionally, I remember my first job working on a beef farm…the powerful bulls snorting in the cold morning air…their long horns like great dawn sabers…ready…stoic…solid…yet with the great beating of a warm and kind mammal heart resonating its low rhythms to the pasture below, the sky above and its herd to the sides. Let us never forget the respect that such animals deserve for their gifts and sacrifices to humankind.
In general, it is thought that the cow represents patience, possibility, and calm energy. It is thought to be a symbol of growth and nurturing, and much like the deer, it is a positive symbol for one's life.
The first rays of the sun kissing our skin in the mornings can fill us with a sense of connectedness to the divine. We are all in a sense solar powered. Our life force and energy are filled from this mother to our solar system. Its continuous rise and fall give us our day and night cycles which perfectly represents the dualistic nature of our existence.
DISCLAIMER: Any and all animal specimens that we use in our designs are ethically sourced, either found in nature predeceased by natural causes or sourced from an ethical handler. WE NEVER HARM OR KILL ANIMALS FOR THE SAKE OF OUR ART. The purpose of including animal remains in our designs is to honor the animal's being and speak upon the lessons they teach us in life.
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.