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Blood Milk Jewels

Cutting the Thread. Rose Quartz Ring.

$270.00

Blood Milk Jewels

Cutting the Thread. Rose Quartz Ring.

$270.00

** This ring is limited based on the small quantity of stones we have in the studio and we do not know if they'll be available again in the future. 

Please either leave your ring size in the notes section while going through the check out process or reach out to us after placing your order to confirm your ring size. We can not begin creating your ring until your ring size is confirmed. 

 

The Moirai { also known as The Fates } are a trio of sisters known to be born to Nyx, primordial Goddess of the Night. Respected and feared even by Zeus, they were the weavers & spinners of the fates of both mortals as well as the immortals, laying out the path of thread of destiny for the lives of all. Once a life was over, Atropos, “The Inevitable” would take her shears and cut the “thread ” thus ending the path of destiny, while also choosing the manner of the mortals death; sending the shade to the Underworld where it would descend to the ferryman Charon to begin its journey to Hades. 

The concept of Fate/Destiny has always been interesting to me, something I feel I’ve shouldered or collided into, while other times, I feel I’ve taken the reins of my own fate, for better or worse. This talisman represents the tension of this duality while also carrying with it the symbol of the Egyptian burial Tomb / Pyramid ~ suggesting both laying to rest the threads of ‘fate’ or dreams that we pursued that didn’t work out or that wounded us, as well as the dreams / fate we hope will come to fruition, the fate we hope will play out in our favor, giving us the little extra boost that the shape of the pyramid, raised the the solar energies ( Ra ) that the Egyptians favored, may bestow. 

Additionally, this is a gentle reminder that there are some threads that need to be cut - that although Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos may “historically’ weave and spin the threads of our fate amongst our ancestors ( in different iterations ), that perhaps we still have the ability to cut the threads to weave our own paths, to leave situations, people, places, dreams, and even versions of ourselves behind us when they become too inky, if we are able to do so.  

 

Life cast bat bones were manipulated to cradle a trillion cut gemstone. Cast in sterling silver silver, each ring is oxidized to achieve our signature shade of stormy gray and the hand finished to reveal this shining highlights beneath. 

Bats and their cast wing and leg bones have long been a component I’ve used in my visual library as a way of creating a personal visual language. As nocturnal creatures, I feel a kinship with their natural predilection for the night time hours, but I’m also interested in how they use sonar to ‘see’, how as a metaphor bats as liminal creatures also remind us to look closer with our other senses, a way of ‘seeing the unseen.’ It’s my hope and intention that pairing them with other chthonic imagery and myth further adds to the visual meaning I’m aiming for, creating a collage of personal ideas while also tethering these physical jeweled objects to the spirit of the bat ( and other natural objects in the case of other jewels in my collection ) and to the spirit of the myths I’m invoking.

Details:

- Solid sterling silver 

- Sits just over 8mm off of the finger

- 20mm at its widest

- 11mm hand cut trillion stone

- Last image features this ring with other jewels from our Limited Katabasis offerings.  


 

Rose Quartz: 
According to fossil evidence, Rose Quartz, known the world over for its beautiful pink coloring, is at least 35 million years old, with records dating back to 600 B.C.. During that time, it was given amongst lovers, family and friends as love tokens. It was also used in beauty rituals as far back as Ancient Egypt where evidence of it as facial masks has been found in tombs amongst grave goods. Metaphysically, it is best known as the master 'love stone', used in love spells, helpful in matters of self-confidence, anger, disappointment, and seemingly always mentioned in tandem with "healing" - a word so dense with promise it makes me both hopeful and strangely put off. I feel a bit lonely in my discomfort; I've never been one to only seek beauty in its traditional forms and it seems like Rose Quartz is the fairest of them all -the glittering prom queen who about to have a bucket of blood poured on her.


My favorite lore around this stone concerns the Goddesses Isis and Aphrodite / Venus, which are all connected by similar attributes and were conjoined when the Romans annexed Egypt. The Egyptian Goddess Isis, one of the most revered deities over time, is believed to have used Rose Quartz "maintain her eternal youth and divine beauty" and therefore influenced the beauty culture ( see above ) in ancient times. Aphrodite is the Greek iteration of Venus, with whom she is often syncretized - sharing many overlapping traits: such as her beauty, passion and pleasure, love, and fertility. Each Goddess was considered to be a standard of ideal beauty and representative of love, yet also each was associated with the enemy of love - death. Isis, in a gruesome yet romantic gesture, collected the disembodied pieces of her murdered brother/husband Osiris, and resurrected him - becoming impregnated with Horus simultaneously. This myth was revered in Ancient Egypt, fertility rituals around Osiris' resurrection abounded.

For the Greeks, one of the most popular myths centering Aphrodite is also a genesis tale for Rose Quartz in and of itself : Aphrodite fell in love with the beautiful mortal Adonis who was killed by a wild boar ( perhaps a jealous Ares in disguise, or sent by Artemis as punishment ). As he lay dying in the forest, Aphrodite came to his side, herself also bleeding after becoming tangled and wounded in a bramble bush. Their co-mingled blood is thought to have fallen on Quartz, ever after giving Rose Quartz is pink hue. Adonis, like Osiris, was also resurrected in some tellings and his tale was also associated with grieving rituals in connection to the natural cycles of life.

Personally, I've struggled both with writing about Rose Quartz as well as pairing it with my jewelry. It's a stone that has long been deeply connected with the romantic aspects of love, healing, forgiveness, beauty and well-being - but for me, I've shied away or have had discomfort with each of these notions and descriptors. Each of them has also been, for me, tangled up with grief and death - shadow feelings. However, while I think Rose Quartz often lacks its shadow in popular descriptions of it - I think it's powerful for these exact reasons. As much as it is beautiful, it is often turned to as a balm during our worst moments - the ugly and horrific times of heart brokenness; representing our hearts in all their nuance - capable of the beauty of love but also the madness of loss. In this way, it illustrates the tensions between beauty and horror I unconsciously & consciously seek in everything. It is a phoenix, burning down like the Tower into ashes but also comforts us while we rise from the rubble. It is a fierce shield that guards us, but it is also has a soothing gentleness. In this way each Rose Quartz jewel carries a dual aspect of 'psychic armor' both the energies and medicines of the snakes and bats that form the gloomy silver settings of the jewels, and Rose Quartz, a beautiful balm that assists us during our darkness moments, a reminder of the sweet-bitterness of being alive on this timeline.

These jewels are hand cut and therefore may have very slight differences in size and may have small signs of the carver's hands along the edges. These are not fabricated by a machine, they are made by hand and therefore aren't uniformly perfect. The photographs accurately portray the quality of the stones and the cuts. 

 

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