Art-n-facts: "Acts of Kindness" 1888 Design Necklace
Reimagined Components: Vintage floral Italian micro mosaic rework, all seeing eye and feather backing strung on 4mm 26" brass curb chain.
1888 Nate's Take: "Nothing effects me like seeing acts of kindness...here and now I vow to be more kind...to stretch beyond the limits of my current sense of possibility and do even more for my fellow human."
~Italian Mosaic Jewelry~
The history of mosaic goes back some 4,000 years or more, with the use of terracotta cones pushed point-first into a background to give decoration. By the eighth century BC, there were pebble pavements, using different colored stones to create patterns, although these tended to be unstructured decoration. It was the Greeks, in the four centuries BC, who raised the pebble technique to an art form, with precise geometric patterns and detailed scenes of people and animals.By 200 BC, specially manufactured pieces ("tesserae") were being used to give extra detail and range of color to the work. Using small tesserae, sometimes only a few
millimeters in size meant that mosaics could imitate paintings. Many of the mosaics preserved at, for example, Pompeii were the work of Greek artists.The expansion of the Roman Empire took mosaics further afield, although the level of skill and artistry was diluted. If you compare mosaics from Roman Britain with Italian ones you will notice that the British examples are simpler in design and less accomplished in technique.Typically Roman subjects were scenes celebrating their gods, domestic themes, and geometric designs.
~All Seeing Eye~
The Eye of Providence or the all-seeing eye reminds us that we are always watched often thought of as the eye of God watching over humanity. I prefer to see the symbol as a moral compass guiding rather than watching us and reminding us to be grateful, kind and honest.
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.
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.