Blood Milk Jewels

The Night Sea. Ritual Strand.


Blood Milk Jewels

The Night Sea. Ritual Strand.


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Having been born on an island, the sea has always been a shipwrecked anchor in my imagination, especially the night sea. Inky and unsettling when the moon is dark and strangely, beautifully lit when the moon is full - the night sea is an invitation- a voyage across thresholds and liminal spaces. 

Pearls are formed in the wild when an external irritant, like a grain of sand, breaches the shell of an oyster or shelled mollusk. Once this irritant has gained entrance within the dark fleshy confines of the oyster, it goes to work protecting itself. If this irritant can’t be expelled, it begins to ‘bandage’ the grain, coating it with concentric rings of calcium carbonate, named ‘narce.’ Each layer that is built up forms the shape of the pearl, awash in a brilliant iridescence, a beauty born of a tiny trespass. Thusly, a pearl has at its center, the object of its creation, a foreign intruder.

I associate the pearl and its strange construction to so many things:

The jellied caterpillar struggling within a chrysalis, its liquefied body struggling to form wings.

An embedded star smoldering within the shell of our hearts. An ink dot, a pin prick, a moon in miniature. History, who has always loved and revered the pearl, writes that we once believed pearls were the result of lightning striking the shell and penetrating the inner skins of the oyster. A beauty made in duress, a ‘stone’ of initiation.

To possess a pearl means to own something that is hidden, sacred.

Lore has it that Cleopatra, to win a wager with Antony, dissolved a large, exquisite pearl in her drinking glass. She swallowed it in one sip. I wonder about her dreams that night.

A long strand of dark freshwater pearls are married to tiny, glittering "black star' spinel beads, creating a wearable sea constellation. 

Spinel is a potent stone for healing and protection: working to help clear intense emotions such as anger and rage, giving those who work with it a sense of calm. It is also used to heal the physical body and has powerful metaphysical qualities, helping its wearer to feel strong, assisting with perseverance, especially when dealing with issues from the past that have become difficult to overcome. Much like Onyx, it also helps repel negativity from others.

This strand measures 39 inches long from end to end. At its closure is a double sided, 18mm textured full moon in sterling silver, hand oxidized and finished to achieve our signature shade of stormy gray. A tiny moon of your own to wear, to carry, to run your fingers over in times of worry or wonder.

This 'Opera Length' makes it perfect for wearing doubled up as well as at its full length. Designed to compliment other jewels in the Mourning/Ritual bead line it also layers beautifully with other BloodMilk necklaces. Its length and varying bead sizes makes it useful to use for meditation, mourning or ritual practices.


This strand is handmade to order, just for you, with care and focus. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for its creation before shipping.

Please note the pearls vary in color.

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