Blood Milk Jewels
The Oracles. Sterling Silver & Purple Labradorite Ring.
Blood Milk Jewels
The Oracles. Sterling Silver & Purple Labradorite Ring.
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Please note: Because these stones are very limited, we are not able to accommodate any requests for specific stone color preferences. This collection of purple labradorite stones range in color from pale to dark lavender and also pink and orange hues. The majority include dark "freckles", striations, and some have "glitter" within the stone. They range from translucent to opaque.
Three hexagonal shaped moonstone gemstones are cradled by a setting made entirely of life cast bat bones, made in companion to the Pythia necklace as the prophecies the Pythia gave in ‘gibberish’ were sometimes thought to be translated by priests into hexameter verse. Each stone therefore represents an ‘oracle’ or divination in ‘hex’ poetry- worn on the finger as tiny metaphors of divine inspiration from the God of prophecy, oracles, music and poetry,- or- from the own divinations and oracles you may be giving to either yourself or others when you wear this ring as part of a ritual when you are diving.
Pythia was the name given to the high priestess at the Oracle of Delphi; a would be possessed by the God Apollo to directly receive his enigmatic prophecies through her as she inhabited a dream-like trance state. When she was consulted, she was thought to have sat upon the three legged tripod of Apollo deep within the subterranean levels of the site of Delphi, which was considered to be the center or ‘navel’ of the world and the site where Apollo slayed Python, son of Gaia, a serpentine/dragon-like monster. It is from the rotting corpse of Python beneath the temple, that Pythia gets her name. Much like modern divinatory requests, it seems the Pythia was consulted for ubiquitous queries as ‘whom should I marry?” to more history changing questions from rulers about to go to war. In every instance, the Pythia’s divinations were considered to be coming directly from Apollo and therefore unimpeachable, despite those who were unhappy with or would try to argue with the oracles given.
At the time of my writing this to you, we have surpassed the Winter Solstice here in the Northern part of the world and are in the liminal time before the start of a new year. This time of year is seed time / dream time, and is perhaps the most ghostly time of all year ; we descend into a period of darkness as we wait for the light to return in the Spring. Nature has pulled back, everything green has died, the trees are bare, skeletal. It is a time for remembrance, for slowing down: We commune with our dead. We divine in candlelight, in books, in cards, in other methods. We turn inward and dream more vividly as our ancestors visit us. In all this, our protection practices also must be strengthened; as much as the Oracle of Delphi was a prophetic site, it was also Apollo’s shrine- Apollo who is also known as the ‘averter of evil’ and who was looked to for protection as well.
This talismanic vessel can be activated/ charged for the long winter - for divinatory assistance, for dream companionship, for protection while descending into your personal winter Underworlds.
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.
- 24mm at it's widest
- 19mm from top to bottom
- Sits 9mm off of the finger
- Solid Sterling Silver
- Oxidized to achieve our signature shade of stormy gray and then hand finished to reveal the shining silver highlights underneath
- Set with 3 fine cut hexagon purple labradorites
Labradorite with a ‘full range’ of colors, including purple, has also been called ‘Spectrolite’ ~ though over the years these more colorful iterations have been given many other names depending on the range of colors captured in the specific cuts we’ve been able to collect in our “special jewels”, and now, in our specific ring cuts. Sometimes they are called ‘Sunset Labs’ for the way they appear to hold the melting colors of the sun setting - pinks and lavenders as well as even hints of flaming reds and deep purples, are all married within one stone. Other stones under the name ‘Belladonna’ vary from the purples of wet oyster shells to the pale lavender of the petals of belladonna flowers - each stone is unique and carries with it, its time underground - where under pressure, its glorious colors bloomed within. Interestingly, it’s light that enables its range of colors to be reveled - turning it in the light, while on the finger or in ones hand - creates a kind of ‘shapeshifting’ effect - the internal fractures and layers within the stone allow for different colors within the stone shift, flash, and to reveal themselves differently. I’m sure there is more science and scientific words at play here that I could be using more effectively and may be able to as my knowledge expands, but as someone who has been wearing and has been interested in labradorite since I was a child - it is a pleasure and a joy to be able to be working with this beautiful earth made material, to be able to offer it here, now, to you, in these beautiful cuts.
Please keep in mind that these stones are ‘earth made’ and then each one is hand cut and hand formed, to specifically fit our rings. You will see the earth’s inclusions inside and outside each ring - some of which I call ‘eye freckles’ or ‘witch hairs’ ~ ‘tiger stripes’ and ‘crystal glitter or mini galaxies’ these are associative names that I’ve assigned these ‘imperfections’ meaning to, that run alongside the scientific designations of what these inclusions are and why they occur ( perhaps more heat or pressure the stone was under - apt metaphor for these times ? ) Nothing is imperfect to me. I see evidence of a jeweler’s or a stone cutter’s hand and I think of Rodin, and how his sculptures included the evidence of his hands - from a hundred plus years ago - and how that connects me and my team, to this lineage of hand-making, in a time when machinated ‘perfect’ work is becoming more and more normalized. I am trying to resist this idea of ‘perfection’, and I implore the same of you. These are all hand made, and earth made beautiful objects, so inherently, by today’s standards, they are ‘imperfect’ - because humans had their hands, and more importantly, their hearts on them.
These purple labradorite stones range in color from light grey purple, to deep purple, as well as pink and orange tones. As mentioned above, because we have such a limited amount, specific preferences can not be accommodated but each stone is chosen by hand for its beauty.
This jewel is handmade to order, just for you, with care and focus. Please allow approximately 6 weeks for creation before shipping.
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