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Blood Milk Jewels

Lovers Ring. Purple Labradorite & Sterling Silver.

$275.00

Blood Milk Jewels

Lovers Ring. Purple Labradorite & Sterling Silver.

$275.00

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**Please note- this jewel is limited in nature and we do not foresee it being restocked for the foreseeable future.

Please enter your ring size in the 'special instructions' section during the checkout process, or reach out to us via bloodmilkjewels@gmail.com immediately after placing your order to confirm your desired ring size.

 

 

Quite like the ‘Belonging to The Darkness’ ring series, these rings are imbued with a variety of meanings:


It’s important to me to tether my work to the past, and in these rings, many pasts are collected and collaged together: firstly, the snake/s here are a manipulated casting of a found, juvenile, mummified snake that once lived. Its small body was carefully molded and these jewels each represent a small memory of its life that will live on with their wearers. Due to this, its body appears ancient and well worn, only subtle detail was added back in.


Secondly is the ancient symbol of the Ouroboros: a snake eating its own tail. The oldest known image dates back to the 14 th century BC to grave goods found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
It has also appeared in Alchemy, Gnosticism, and Norse, Aztec and Chinese legend…spanning different continents and time lines. The word is rooted in its appearance: Ourboros is a Greek word meaning ‘ tail devourer .’ Its meanings vary slightly, but to most, it is a symbol of eternity, of the eternal cyclicality of both time and nature. It is also a symbol for the unification of opposites or opposing forces, creating a ‘oneness’ from disparate objects, people, beliefs, aspects of ourselves….


Here, the ring has also been connected, by its name, with The Lovers tarot card. It suggests the eternalness of love in its many forms: familial, romantic, friendship, kinship and so on. They
represent our attachments and relationships to people, ideas, and ourselves: our sentimentality, our devotion, our loyalty as well as to the idea that we share everything, including our shadows,
with those we are most close to.


Each of these rings represents an eternal commitment to a person, an idea, a spiritual belief, or, most importantly, to one’s self. Over the course of history, jewelry has been used as tokens of remembrance, as symbols of love, as talismans and amulets. This ring is imbued with all of these functions and it is up to the wearer to activate which particular function they feel the intuition to commemorate.

This version represents The Lovers: twin Oroboroi cradle an antique setting that holds a fine cut round natural gemstone.

 

Details

- Approximately 20mm at it's widest

- Sit 8mm off of the finger

- Solid sterling silver

- 12mm fine cut round purple labradorite 

 

Purple Labradorite: 

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 in this collection 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.

Because these stones are somewhat limited, we are not able to accommodate requests for specific stone color preferences**

 

***IMPORTANT***

This jewel is handmade to order, just for you, with care and focus. Please allow approximately 5 - 6 weeks for creation before shipping.                   

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