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This ancient looking wearable artifact was created by master artisan Daniel Stuart. Masks hold a fascination for many people. Not only do they convey a message on the surface but they point to something beyond themselves. The idea that, although we may show one thing on the surface, there is something with much more depth and complexity looking out from underneath. Who is looking through those eyes and underneath the facade that we present to the world?
This forged gargoyle is on its outside a guardian spirit; scaring away evil forces and maybe bringing to bear Just a hint of a mischievous nature. As you wear this mask let it serve to remind you that in this crazy world of social media and mass marketing, often times what we are looking at is not the total picture. There is something more underneath every manifested image we see. A unifying connector that unites our humanity and life itself.
Masks are fun and we all wear them daily, most of us more figuratively than literally. Just remember that you and those you come in contact with are more than the persona which is presented to the world. Keeping that in mind we can have fun as the actors on the stage and not get lost in the ongoing show.
Each original piece was forged in steel and then castings were made from high-grade, lead-free pewter. Pewter is one of the oldest man-made alloys in the world, dating as far back as the beginning of the Bronze Age. It’s been used by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, early Norse and many other civilizations as well.
Each piece is hand finished to keep the fine details and rugged look of the original then lacquered for protection. It won't change color but will wear slightly over time giving it a beautiful antique and worn look that only adds to the story and gives the wearer a great visual conversation starter. Connection and conversation is the point of these unique handmade jewelry pieces.
- Daniel Stuart