Blood Milk Jewels

Shadow Sea Witch: Mourning Beads


Blood Milk Jewels

Shadow Sea Witch: Mourning Beads


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Pearls have an ancient history of reverence; a legacy of elegant beauty. Natural pearls are formed in the wild when an external irritant, a grain of sand or other tiny particle of organic matter breaches the shell of an oyster or shelled mollusk. Once this irritant has gained entrance within the dark fleshy confines of the interior life of the oyster, it goes to work protecting itself. If it cannot 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, as small as a pin prick or an eyelash. A cocoon of beauty surrounding the ‘otherness’ that has become integrated into the self.


Due to how a pearl is formed, within the dark confines of its shell, it has come to symbolize processes of the hidden self, such as wisdom through experience and the building of personal integrity. It is also considered a ‘gemstone’ of protection and love, often given as romantic gifts.


Here, the black pearls symbolize the “Shadow” and the processes of integrating the less appealing aspects of ourselves into our consciousness, a ‘becoming’ within psychic darkness.


Paired with Onyx for its protective and emotional soothing qualities, this special strand is imbued with the poignant properties of the earth and the sea.


This strand is limited edition and will not be re-released.  


This strand measures 45 inches long from end to end. At its closure, our largest sized 26mm double sided eye talisman adds an additional layer of psychic protection and can be worn at the back of the neck or on the front of the body.  

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 light weight also makes it perfect to use for meditation or ritual practices.





This strand is handmade to order, just for you, with care and focus.   

Please allow up to five weeks for creation before shipping. Note this is slightly different turn round time than our other jewels.  

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