Reimagined Components: This multi-faceted talisman of strength and luck contains a wire-wrapped fossilized shark tooth, bull skull, arrow, feather, and spent bullet casing that has been set with a quartz crystal. It has been strung on a 25" braided brass rope chain.
Components Found in: Quartzsite AZ, Manhattan Beach CA, Stroud OK.
When a shark enters your life, it represents a time of fearlessness. A shark does not ask permission- it does what it wants when it wants! Additionally, sharks have the ability to adapt to the harshest of environments. This is not saying that sharks “evolve”, they have no need to do so. They are the perfect physical specimen. This is why they have remained largely unchanged over millions of years. Bottom line, you were born with all the skills and power you need to go for what you truly desire. An interesting addition- In medieval times a shark tooth was worn around the neck to protect oneself from poison.
Mother always said that if you find a feather it’s a symbol that you are on your true path, that you should pick it up and keep it for luck on your journey. Feathers have commonly represented everything from the center of the cosmos to luck. Used in countless cultures around the globe for rituals, and 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.
An arrow knows where it will land the moment it is let loose. Once the archer releases, there is no second chance. At birth we all begin a journey with our inner arrow guiding the way, so follow your arrow, feel the wind in your hair & enjoy the ride!
~Bullet / Bullet Casing~
Bullets symbolize a strong resolve and preparedness for life’s challenges, but 1888’s favorite and intended meaning is that the bullet you wear is the one that was intended for you. Wearing it around your neck gives you back the ability to control your own destiny & doubles as a symbol of protection.
Quartz crystal is ideal for strength, healing, emotional clearing, meditation, and lucid dreaming.
~Bull, Long Horn~
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.
Because of its virility, power, & regal presence, the bull has been a symbol of divine power, agriculture, sport & respect in many cultures.
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.