Reimagined Components: Antique 1800's Dress handle, vintage Aztec calendar and feather strung on 4mm 18" braided brass wheat chain.
1888's Take: "The dresser handle that makes the crescent arch in this piece had been sitting in my treasure bins for two years at least. That can sometimes happen with my found treasures as more and more make their way into the piles. At first I had seen a vision for the antique handle some sort of moon symbol hung sideways I think but it never came to fruition and I put it aside. When Ali partnered up with me something wonderful started happening. She began pulling out the old and forgotten treasures that I had unintentionally given up on and breathing new life into them. She has done this over and over again. And, As I watch her drill holes and polish and arrange I realize that sometimes all it takes is a set of new eyes willing to see the treasure from a a different perspective. My heart ached with love and gratitude for her in that moment and continues to still."
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.
In the modern world, time is often imagined as a straight line running from a distant past to an infinite future but not so for the Aztecs. As the historian R.F. Townsend describes…
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in one of our designs. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.