Reimagined Components: Vintage Key to the city of El Segundo CA. Marked Mayor W.E Baker. Strung on 22" leather.
1888 Nate's Take: "How do you find a needle in a haystack?....bring a magnet."
~Keys / Locks~
Historically, Keys have been used for everything from winding pocket watches to switching on the first two-way radios! The most common symbolic meaning used for the key is its power to unlock the door to the heart, opportunity or adventure. 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, remind us that the key to life is making sure you have the right tools before approaching opportunity.
Diamond (Shape) symbols occur in every era, culture, religion & esoteric sect. A symbol of eternity, clarity, accession & divine wisdom. It takes an enormous amount of time, heat and pressure to create a true diamond. A strikingly similar metaphor to how we create ourselves with time, inner fire & pressure.
"The Soul is placed in the body and it is like a rough diamond. It must be polished within, or the luster of the soul will never appear." – Daniel Defoe.
The name was adopted in 1911 when Chevron built its second refinery,El Segundo, which is Spanish for "the Second". This refinery is controversial for receiving some of their crude oil from the Amazon region of South America - more than 5,000 barrels per day.