Blood Milk Jewels

Self-Portrait in the Underworld. Ritual Strand.


Blood Milk Jewels

Self-Portrait in the Underworld. Ritual Strand.


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 Earlier this year I was able to visit the Brooklyn Museum which had paintings, drawings, photographs, and the personal effects of one of my long time muses, Frida Kahlo on view. One of the objects that gave me the most feels was a beaded necklace, which was extremely chunky and its beads are believed to come from an Aztec dig site. There was a swatch of swirled paint on a couple of the beads and so carefully placed there that it seems intentional on Frida's part, and so vibrant, it looked as if she had *just* lifted her brush from her palatte and swiped it on the beads. Frida often painted in her dramatic clothing and jewelry, which was a mix of traditional Tehuana dress, starched lace, floor length skirts and beautifully embroidered Chinese garments. These loose fitting and floor length pieces would also mask the medical corsetry she would often have to wear to brace her fragile body, acting as psychic armor and disguise; a look which would come to define her legacy as much as her work. This strand, 'Self-Portrait in the Underworld' is an homage to her dramatic style, and the idea of her often having to travel into an Underworld of pain that she was able to counter with her passion for life. 

The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol, found on old coins, painted on the walls of subterranean caves, and as physical walking paths set into the floor of churches and historic sites in Europe. There are two types: Unicursal and Multicursal: the first, akin to the Chartres Labyrinth, with a single, spiral-like path in and out, while the latter, such as the Cretan Labyrinth that housed the Minotaur, are filled with different paths, dead ends, and are difficult, if not impossible to navigate. 

Our Labyrinth coins feature a Unicursal path, a nod to the idea of healing/grief/the processing of trauma or personal inner growth being a spiral, a nonlinear process. This form of Labyrinth has been used for walking meditation, with the idea of the center, or ‘centre’ being where one returns to their hidden self (unconscious), or in some views, the Shadow self, the Minotaur. You will not be the same person walking out as walking in, the trials, challenges and experiences along the path will transform you.

The unconscious is a rich place, present within each of us, that is often inaccessible to us. Our unconscious can present itself as our Shadow – aspects of ourselves that we have tried to suppress, often since childhood, due to societal norms. We acclimate to the pressures of the world around us and push down these inky parts of ourselves –often hiding them from our conscious selves – making the Shadow feel akin to an Underworld that we travel to in dreams or in traumatic moments, often surprising ourselves. As taught in Jungian theory, if we are able to meet our Shadow, to be more aware of it, we have reached another step on the path towards being whole, to a rich expansion of ourselves. 

Since my own tangles with grief started, I feel I’ve been walking this serpentine path, drawing closer to deeper understanding and acceptance of all my murky, embarrassing and terrible bits, while at other times seeming to travel further away, lost at sea. If this feels akin to a journey you are on, I hope this Labyrinth talisman brings you comfort and strength. 

This strand is composed of hypersthene spheres in varying sizes, with star cut onyx and tiny light catching spinel beads nested between. 

Hypersthene, also called velvet labradorite, is a particularly potent magical stone that can boost magic & psychic tendencies in its wearer. It behaves similarly to Moonstone and Labradorite as it contains a beautiful 'flash' of color within its darkness ( which makes these difficult to properly photograph. ) It is also known to help find solutions to problems, aiding in the search for answers to important queries. Much like Onyx, they are also used to soothe stress and anxiety - encouraging a more positive state of being.

Onyx is best known for being a natural stone that acts as a kind of 'psychic armor' against the negativity of others. They are also used to soothe grief and heartbreak, as well as being wonderful grounding stones. As a stone of self mastery, it enables its wearers to have mental and spiritual focus.

Spinel is a potent stone for healing and protection: working to help clear intense emotions such as anger and rage, it imbues its wearer with 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.

Worn closer to the neck than other strands in this collection, it measures almost 19 inches from end to end. At its closure is our largest double sided sterling silver Labyrinth talisman, which adds an additional layer of psychic protection. Designed 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 4 weeks for its creation before shipping.

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


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