Blood Milk Jewels

Self-Portrait Outside of Time. Ritual Strand.


Blood Milk Jewels

Self-Portrait Outside of Time. Ritual Strand.


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The notion of 'stepping outside of time' is one I'm continuously interested in. This idea shows up in literature, philosophy, art and even in every day thought patterns even if we are unaware. As humans, we experience time in a linear fashion, but are able to 'time travel' through memory. Each time we revisit a memory, we slightly degrade it, which makes our memories as fluid as our present experiences. This idea is something that has fascinated me, and something I'm aware of when I unexpectedly or willfully revisit a memory - I do so with care so as not to overly degrade specific memories I hold dear, as well as to not distort more intense memories. 

Lastly, I was thinking of how time is inherently different in outer space, how when we view the night sky we are viewing the stars in their 'past' by how long it takes for their light to travel to us. When we gaze at the stars, at constellations, we are viewing them in their forms from years ago, almost like a kind of fiery echo. This idea ties into how 'outer space' and the cosmos is another realm entirely, and that often makes me reflect both on how small I am in comparison to the 'heavens' and its celestial bodies, as well as how special it is to be alive, despite the many horrors of being alive as a human. 

 Another way I find I'm able to 'step outside of time' is when I experience 'immersive' theatre such as Sleep No More in NYC; this is strand is also an homage to that ghostly feeling I'm so obsessed with. IYKYK

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. 


I’ve been obsessed with a particular strand of beads via Frida Kahlo’s personal collection since I saw it in its glass vitrine amongst many other pieces of her personal wardrobe. During their marriage, Diego & Frida collected many artifacts of pre-Columbian sculpture, which would have possibly enabled her to get these beads directly from an archeological excavation - as they are believed to be Mayan Jade, ritually buried with the dead.

Beads and beaded necklaces have a long, long history and were handmade and valued in nearly every ancient society up to the present day - aside from their aesthetic and grave good usage, they were also a form of currency in some cultures. Frida hand strung beads to wear, despite their heft against her small body; in this way she tethered herself to the past just as I press myself to the/her past. The strand that inspired this one has a swirl of green paint she’s believed to have purposely left - a stroke caught in time - before it had been fully mixed to a cohesive green used in her paintings. I imagine it came from several shades on her palette, collected on a brush and then carefully smoothed over an ancient bead I viewed as part of a necklace a wounded artist wore during her life, excavated from her own ‘grave goods’ sealed for years and years and now released again, evidence of a person behind the legend, the towering ghost, the broken columned muse. 


This strand is composed of Brown Moonstone spheres, very dark Grey Moonstone, and Sterling Silver spheres.

The large "brown" moonstone beads included in this strand are all so unique and reminiscent of those used in our previous 'Self-Portrait in the Labyrinth' as well as 'The Dream of Being Reborn Chapter II strand. They remind me of the ‘black’ moonstone sold by crystal dealers in spheres, palm stones and free forms; I had never come across them as beads before last year. I feel each one has its own spirit inside, carries its own magic.

Multiple members of the team have called these moonstone beads ‘planets’ because that’s how incredible the flash is on each bead, from each view they shine. Some even contain what I like to call ‘crystal glitter’ - what appears to be clusters of star dust trapped inside the hard surface of the sphere as well as inclusion lines that make them look like the rings that encircle planets in space.

This strand is composed of large, round, "brown" moonstone spheres, black moonstones, and hollow sterling silver 'Pearl' beads that have been hand oxidized and lightly polished. Designed to be worn closer to the neck, this strand measures approximately 27 inches long from end to end, including clasp.

These shorter strands feel like a balm to me, when I’m wearing mine I find myself turning them around in my fingers, truly forging a relationship with these crystals. 

At its closure is our Hourglass clasp, cast in sterling silver, it can be worn at the back of the neck or on the front of the body.

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




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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. 

This strand is handmade to order, just for you. Please allow approximately 5 weeks for creation before shipping.

Please email: bloodmilkjewels@gmail.com with any questions and we will get back to you in kind and timely manner.