"The Lion The Cow & The Stars" 1888 Design Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: This roaring lion Ethiopian world coin was had a handmade real cow bone bead made from a bone we unearthed in Bisbee AZ. We placed a star and moon orphan earring behind it to give it a more complex story. It has been strung on a 23 ¾” 4mm braided brass rope chain.
Components Found in: Bisbee AZ, Cottonwood AZ &Phoenix AZ.
Ali and I pay close attention to the animals that find our way to us and the cow has been showing up in our world a lot this first year of Van Life. Just recently we were camping on public lands with cows grazing all around us as we slept. In the morning one fuzzy brown cow gave us the gift of its curiosity and even though all of its cow friends seemed a bit too to get close to us, it slowly and surely inched its way into our camp. Ali stretched her hand out many times asking “Bessy” to join us and for an hour we just existed with this beautiful creature.
On Easter morning this year Ali and I went for a walk around our campsite and came across the entire Skeleton of a cow. We said a few words of respect and gratitude then harvested its skull and a few other bones to work into our jewelry and art.
A few months before that in Bisbee AZ we were camping on private lands and again came across the skeleton of a small cow. After again giving thanks we took just one leg bone that day to use and it is from that bone we made our first bovine bone beads.
Additionally, I remember my first job working on a beef farm…the powerful bulls snorting in the cold morning air…their long horns like great dawn sabers…ready…stoic…solid…yet with the great beating of a warm and kind mammal heart resonating its low rhythms to the pasture below, the sky above and its herd to the sides. Let us never forget the respect that such animals deserve for their gifts and sacrifices to humankind.
In general, it is thought that the cow represents patience, possibility, and calm energy. It is thought to be a symbol of growth and nurturing, and much like the deer, it is a positive symbol for one's life.
Leo, meaning “lion” in Latin, is the 5th Zodiac sign in astrology. A fire sign, ruling planet being the sun, and associated body part the heart, Leos are highly courageous, and love being seen in the limelight. Ambitious, creative, enthusiastic, and witty, a rising sign Leo is hard to miss.
As the traditional Leo totem, the lion is a figure of courage and strength. Legend says that they sleep with open eyes, ready at all times. Primarily a nocturnal animal, the lion is a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought.
In the realm of spirit animals, the lion wins the prize for the most relentless fighter in the face of life challenges. The presence of this power animal can mean that something “wild” or difficult to control is happening. As such, lions symbolize emotions that are difficult to manage, such as anger or fear.
Wisdom, power, royalty, dignity, courage, justice, ferocity, dominion, authority, honor, strength and leadership- to name a few.
Our imaginations have been captivated by the stars since the first sentient human looked up and wondered what those iridescent glowing orbs could possibly be. The five-pointed star has been found on mason jars dating back to 3100 B.C.E uncovered North of Thebes in Egypt. It's been etched onto ancient Mesopotamian tablets dating back to 3200 B.C.E.What makes the Star such a prolific symbol across human culture? Perhaps, it’s close association to the heavens or its perfect Pythagorean geometry. It represents hope, serves as a guiding light to show us the way home, and so much more.
The crescent moon is the moon phase that appears just before and after a new moon. Because new moons represent a state of recharge and new beginnings, the crescent moon’s focus is on preparing oneself for the next cycle. A waning moon (just before a new moon) invites one to wipe away the energy of the previous cycle, shake off any negativity and clear up space in your life for new ideas, beliefs, materials and manifestations to come. The waxing moon on the other hand (just after a new moon), is all about taking those intentions set under the new moon and seeing them into fruition. Preparation, visualization, and taking your first small steps towards your goals is what the waxing crescent moon invites us to do.
~Ethiopian Lion Of Judah Coins~
These were standard Ethiopian circulation coins featuring the roaring lion of Judah on their obverse side. The Lion of Judah has been traditionally seen to be a symbol of the descendants of Judah the fourth son of Jacob. It is also a predominant symbol for the Rastafari movement representing the Emperor Haile Selassie and is thought to be a symbol of strength, kingship, pride and African Sovereignty.
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.
The strongest geometric shape, any weight placed on a triangle is evenly distributed amongst all sides, making it a potent symbol for strength. It has also been said to be a channelling point for energy when in the form of a pyramid.