Blood Milk Jewels

Self-Portrait as the Minotaur


Blood Milk Jewels

Self-Portrait as the Minotaur


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The’ Self-Portrait’ series was born after I had the opportunity to view the exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s personal belongings and clothing at the Brooklyn museum in 2019. Among the treasures on view were her beaded necklaces, included one made of chunky aqua colored stones, that were believed to be Mayan grave goods as Diego often purchased artifacts from excavation sites. She strung her own strands together and this was evident - as well as a swirl of paint, similar in color, on one of the beads; she was most likely color matching for one of her self-portraits. I’d like to try to express how seeing these things in person made me feel; as if she was present, her spirit filling up the room, at turns exuberant and melancholy- but I can’t. My words, what I often fall back on to truly express myself, don’t feel quite enough. Instead, I decided to make my own strands, similar in length and size, to hers- to echo through time and to allow for a kind of web to be formed. Frida was always wearing jewelry and was one of the inspirations for my own love of jewelry before I began making my own. Psychic armor forever.

The Minotaur was born of a strange union between Queen Pasiphaë and a bull, as a punishment from Poseidon, after said bull wasn’t sacrificed for him. Born ravenous, murderous and wild, the Labyrinth was built in all its elaborateness to contain him. Sacrifices were made to him yearly; 7 young men and 7 virgin women from Athens were sent into the Labyrinth to meet their doom by way of the Minotaur or the Labyrinth itself. 

We know enough by now that sometimes, we are the monster. This is a strand to help accept our more complicated selves, our wildness, our anger, our darkness. Our struggles in the center of the Labyrinth, which is also the Nadir, which may also be the base of the Tower as it comes crashing down on our heads. The tower is also a Phoenix, the Labyrinth also has an egress. 

This strand is composed of hypersthene, onyx, glass, and spinel. 

Designed to be worn closer to the neck, this strand measures approximately 22 inches long from end to end, including clasp.

At its closure is our larger, double sided, Cretan labyrinth clasp in sterling silver, oxidized to our favorite gloomy grey and and finished to highlight the shining silver beneath.  

As a special, bold statement piece, it also layers beautifully with other BloodMilk necklaces.


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

Some of the beads used in this strand are limited. We can not anticipate whether or not this particular style will be available again after this release. 

*Length note: Because individual bead measurements vary slightly, total strand lengths are approximate within a few millimeters in either direction. Please reach out via email if you have any questions about this. 

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