"Vintage Abalone Flower Inlay Alpaca Bracelet" 1888 Design Found Treasure
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Reimagined Components: Vintage abalone shell inlay with purple enamel Alpaca bracelet from Mexico. The diameter is 2.5".
Location Found: Algonquin IL
Most commonly associated with Central America, it usually features culturally significant symbols from the artist's region of origin. The most common inlay materials are the beautiful iridescent inner lining of the Abalone & spiny oyster shell.
When I close my eyes and think back on my own memories of the abalone, a mix of contrasting images come to mind...One such memory is from Jamestown Rhode Island. In my uncle's house I would see these enormous deep see abalone shells strewn about on almost every surface (usually used as ashtrays). So many rare treasures I would think... made rarer still when I learned that my uncle had dawned his deep-sea diving gear and harvested them himself during his time setting up a dive school on the opposite coast. The second is learning the traditional smudging ceremony from my mother... enter a room... light the sage... walk around the space counterclockwise twice… then smudge the sage out in the abalone shell…
The brilliantly iridescent inner shell of the abalone is in stark contrast to its sea scarred outer shell making it a symbol one's inner beauty. The Shell itself is thick calcium carbonate and extremely tough. Many Native American Cultures traditionally use it as a smudge bowl & believe it holds healing properties, especially with unstable emotions.
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.
~1888’s Found Treasures~
In keeping with 1888’s company mission to educate and preserve vintage & antique historical works, we occasionally decide that some things are better left as they are!
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.