Reimagined Components: This hammered sterling silver orphan earring hoop was the perfect frame for this real opossum vertebrae. The vertebrae has been sealed for strength and the silver polished to shine. We carefully drilled one extra hole to hang the vertebrae as well. It has been strung on 20 1/2” 3mm gun-metal plated rounded box chain.
Components Found in: Manhattan Beach CA
~Circle / Ring~
A symbol of the never-ending, eternal & connectedness between all things.
The North American Opossum is a polarizing creature. Many consider this marsupial a rat-like pest shoeing it away from their garbage cans and off their fences. While others see it as a friendly nocturnal visitor and find its dark and wide eyes and bushy fur sweet and cuddly. Whatever your take may be, when an opossum comes into your life you should think about what it could symbolize. If you were to startle the creature quick enough it would play dead. That is to say, it would play possum. Its instinct tells it that a dead possum isn’t nearly as appealing as a live one and it simply plops over and waits out the danger. Think about how much courage that would take to trust the nature of your challenger enough to know that it wouldn’t attack if you simply acted a certain way. The Opossum also carries its young clinging to its back seemingly unencumbered by the burden as it scavenges for anything it can find to feed its family. In general, opossums are thought to be a good omen and carry with them a symbol of fertility and strong family protection.
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.