Art-n-facts: Upcycled sterling silver and turquoise pin with lightning bolt and large feather backing strung on 23" Gunmetal 3mm box chain.
1888 Nate's Take: "I have come to realize that this existence must show you hardship in order to make you whole....without those times where you feel as if your life will never be at peace...you would never understand or appreciate when life, once again, inevitably becomes beautiful. And yet, it is not equal.... sometimes there is more bad than good...try only to change your focus and not the nature of our existence...I promise it will be the easier task..."
“The sharp crackle and hiss of a lightning strike, and the great rumble and overtaking boom of its proceeding thunder holds a special place in my heart…I remember hiding from an August storm in an old metal drainage tube with my first love, when we were just kids and watching the bluish-purple and hot white bolts of lightning slam down into the earth…. counting the seconds between the flash and the drawn-out rumble of its thunder…this would tell us how far away the storm was…at first, there was about 3 seconds between strike and sound meaning the storm about was about three miles away…the shorter the space between the bolt and crash the closer it was! Eventually, it was right on top of us…the rain pelting the metal pipe that we were hiding in with a frantic excitement…my heartbeat fast and hard and I felt like I could feel a rushing pulse in her hands as we clasped tightly to each other. Eventually, the storm passed and I walked her home…gave her what I would find out later was her very first kiss, then I said goodnight and walked home over the wet grass.”
My Mother used to say that if you came across a feather lying in your path, it’s a sign that you are headed in the right direction, your true path, and you should pick it up and keep it as a talisman of luck for your journey.
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
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.