Blood Milk Jewels

Lethe Earrings II.


Blood Milk Jewels

Lethe Earrings II.


This listing is for one pair of Lethe Earrings II oxidized to achieve our favorite shade of stormy gray and then hand finished to reveal the bright luminous silver highlights. Each earring hangs from a sterling silver ear hook.

The River Lethe flows around the cave of Hypnos, the God of Sleep, which was veiled in silence, save for the sound of the river moving across the rocks on its banks. This river was also known to be the river of forgetfulness and oblivion, the shades of those who crossed into the Underworld who drank from this river would forget their memories from their lives, readying themselves for reincarnation. There’s something about this notion, the choice to forget, to willingly let go of memories, that I find interesting, that I simultaneously long for and feel a repulsion towards. Who are we without our memories ? & yet, there are so many memories I wish I could wipe away forever; the memories that float to the surface at night, that catch me unaware. The memories of mistakes, of of horror, of shame. & also, the memories I’d love to conjure in more crisp detail, that wear smoother & threadbare every time I revisit them. What a tricky thing it is to remember. Sorrow < > Joy. Beauty < > Horror. Just like being alive. 

These dramatic yet lightweight earrings, created from life cast bat claws, are talismans for this strange kind of time travel, and a wish for making peace with those moments in our past lives we wish to be free from and healed.



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* : 

- 4 inches long

- Solid Sterling Silver  

- Both earrings and hooks are hand oxidized to achieve our favorite shade of stormy gray and then highlighted to reveal the bright luminous silver beneath



This jewel is handmade to order, just for you, with care and focus. Please allow approximately 6-8 weeks for creation before shipping.                   

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