This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: Both being orphan earrings missing their original match, this vintage flower-designed sterling silver open circle earring found it's new pairing with a teal and black dangled seed bead earring. The design hangs on a 15'' brushed silver curb chain.
Components Found in: Bethel VT
~Seed Bead / Beads~
Beads have been found on archeological digs involving early humans all around the world. There is an instinct that we all share to adorn ourselves using materials from the world around us. They tell the story of where we’ve been or what we hunt, and when woven or strung in certain patterns, it can tell specific stories about who we are. The need to decorate ourselves and our surroundings also speaks to our innate creativity as a people and seed beading is no exception. This style of work is often associated with Native American beadwork. Beads for the Native people of the Americas are thought to have been a type of currency traded amongst each other across great distances. These beads were made from everything from turquoise and jasper in the southwest to wampum and porcupine quills in the northeast and increasingly complex styles of beading were created to tell richer and richer details.
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.
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.
Vintage // Antique // Reimagined
-Ali & Nathan