Blood Milk Jewels
Moirai Ring with Garnet.
Blood Milk Jewels
Moirai Ring with Garnet.
The Moirai ( mɔɪraɪ ) were born of The Queen of Night, Nyx, who was a primordial Goddess considered to be the Mother of all creation according to the Orphic Hymns; other accounts have her born of chaos. Also known as the three Fates, the Moirai echoed the trinity of Maiden, Mother, Crone, or the natural progression of life. Their names were Clotho ( the Spinner ), Lachesis ( the Allotter ) and Atropos, ( the Cutter), representing the potential, creativity, fulfillment and ultimate end of life.
I don’t know how much I believe in fate or destiny aside from romantic notions tied to love and friendship – but I do enjoy moments of synchronicity and I like to believe my own fate is in my hands despite the systems that might be working against me ( or the possible sci-fi scenarios of being in a Matrix like simulation ) but again, most of what we know about the future is unknown, and the past, despite being ‘written’ seems to change and shift anytime we look back as our memories degrade. The present appears to be what we have, what we are ‘allotted’ what we spin and weave for ourselves and in that way, we are the Moirai, maybe in control of only so little, day to day, especially these days. The present is here, as you read this, as you consider what is important to you, what you will do next, what you will think next, what magic for yourself and others you will spin and weave with your thoughts, with what you can, with what you have, until your cord is cut.
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.
This ring is inspired by our much beloved ‘The Witches’ ring in that it has a triangle shape. The triangle is an ancient symbol, akin to the pyramid, and can be worn with its apex facing up or down, depending on ascent or descent, how you’d like to focus your feelings or power ( or also just how you’d like to aesthetically wear it. )
Life cast bat bones were manipulated to cradle a trillion cut gemstone. Cast in sterling silver silver, each piece is oxidized to achieve our signature shade of stormy gray and the hand finished to reveal.
-Sits 6mm off of the finger
-Solid sterling silver
-11mm trillion cut Garnet
Garnet is seemingly named for a few things, the most interesting and well known being that of the Pomegranate, named for either its glowing red color or its relational look to the seeds within when polished. This has tied it to the myth of the Goddess Persephone in some of its lore, who is as inseparable to the Pomegranate and its fateful seeds as Eve is to the apple of Eden. This association, admittedly, is what first drew me to Garnet, but its long and storied history, spanning many cultures and parts of the world is as fascinating as just about any other gemstone of my acquaintance. I also fell for its uncanny beauty, which like a glowing ember one can wear on the skin, appears alive like fire does.
As an ancient gemstone, the Egyptians knew of its power and beauty, which seems to be the seal of magical authenticity on the stone as it was found not only amongst grave goods but also within the settings of talismans wrapped in the layers of mummies to protect the body on its journey to the afterlife. I imagine it being present with its wearer before the weighing of the heart, as it’s a stone closely aligned with the heart ( akin in this way, to Rose Quartz. )
Created under extreme pressure and temperatures in the darkness of the subterranean realms, Garnet persists and thrives under these difficult circumstances - suggesting strength and personal resiliency. It’s also, like the Phoenix, associated with fire and its transformative properties, rising from extremely high temperatures. It’s considered to be a stone of creativity, as it’s ‘blood’ colored and associated with fire and the heart, ( as mentioned above) suggesting a quickening of the blood, a call to creative action, passion.
This passion also extends to both romantic and platonic relationships, the stone was given to strengthen bonds between friends and lovers due to its association with the Persephone myth in a strange nod to how Pomegranate seeds kept Persephone bond to the Underworld for part of the year/ being returned to the Upper realms for Spring/Summer, ( this also made it a traveler’s stone) as well as for its color being similar to heart’s blood.
Another interesting bit : in the Medieval Ages it was considered to ward off Melancholy and also, interestingly, to be the material that Dragon’s eyes were made of.
All in all, Garnet is a wildly magical and highly potent stone, beautiful, ancient and intense; a personal raging fire to keep close- to remind you that you belong to the land of the living. To quicken the blood when feeling otherwise.
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.
This jewel is handmade to order, just for you, with care and focus. Due to the influx of orders during our permanent Garnet Release, please allow approximately 5 - 6 weeks for creation before shipping.
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