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"An Afternoon Drive In Fall" Vintage Car Ignition & Silver Ingot, Leaf Necklace

$ 89.00

This vintage GM key has been polished and textured to bring out its artful appearance. A solid sterling hammered and stamped ingot has been paired with a little sterling leaf before being hung on a 23 1/2" brass ladder chain. This rustic talisman reminds me of long fall drives in New England getting lost on the backroads.  

Components discovered in East Calais VT & Long Beach CA 

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 is preserved and/or sealed to ensure its longevity and protection. Each and every item is made by hand by owners Nathan and Ali, therefore, some small imperfections or variations may be present in your design. To us, this only adds to the beauty and rarity of your particular piece. 1888 Design does not claim ownership over the design or production of any vintage, antique, or otherwise repurposed object used in the creation of our jewelry. 

Each 1888 Design piece contains unique elements of symbolic or historic value that mean something different to us all. Let's break down what the elements in this design are


I have vivid recollections of the fiery orange ambers and gradient reds blanketing the mountain terrain around my Vermont home. They were sure to inspire my seasonally wild imaginings as I watched the foliage dance with one another in the wind. When my eyes had had their fill, I'd close them tightly to shut out the pulsing array of mountain fire... that way I could focus on the unique rustling the leaves made as they clung to their last few moments of connection to their parent tree. These fragile creations of nature represent unconditional giving and unassuming strength through the cycle’s seasonal rebirth. Luck is also an appropriate association because to be a leaf is to be lucky enough to know purpose without question. It is also said that if you catch a leaf on its fall from the tree to the ground, you will have good luck.

Keys Auto

Few things turn our heads faster than the rev of a powerful engine, or the site of James Dean leaning up against his 1953 MG TD sports car. Whether you’re watching some of the fastest vehicles in the world race one another to the finish line, enjoying a nice stroll in your Sunday cruiser, making more memories along the way rather than at the destination on a cross-country road trip, taking you to your favorite hideouts or places you never could have anticipated… these keys can be an incredible symbol of opportunity, adventure, possibility, desire, and power.

Silver Ingot

An ingot is a term that is used for a non-specific amount of silver that has been melted into a rough shape and weight for easy storage and use later, contrasting the silver bar which is always the same shape and formed into specific weights.


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Are your earrings hypoallergenic?

All earring posts are made out of sterling silver, stainless steel, or brass metals unless otherwise stated in the product description. Sterling silver and stainless steel are both hypoallergenic metals. Brass can react differently among different skin types, so we advise knowing your body's tolerance to brass prior to purchasing earrings with brass ear posts. Again, all metals used are stated in each product's description tab.

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