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Blood Milk Jewels

The Hermit. Chapter II. Onyx & Pearl Ritual Strand.

$350.00

Blood Milk Jewels

The Hermit. Chapter II. Onyx & Pearl Ritual Strand.

$350.00

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The Hermit is the tarot card most associated with time ~ speaking to the time the Hermit spends in quiet solitude while in their cave, gathering wisdom. Here I was thinking of the pearls being a stand in for the Hermit's cave, a liminal space where we work to protect ourselves, emerging with the radiance of beauty represented by the Hermit's lantern that illuminates the dark/ dark times. 

With this last image, I was thinking of how pearls are formed over time in the dark, liminal space of a shell, much like how moths are formed in the darkness of their cocoons. The pearl is also a symbol of protection as they are formed as a defense response to 'foreign' intruders, akin to how we are constantly faced with a troubling timeline.

What are you building / resisting/ protecting yourself from in your personal cocoon ? Who will you be when you feel ready to emerge ?  This strand is a talisman for when you're existing in your interior space, and the struggles that may come from traveling in your personal Underworlds. 

 

This strand is comprised of Onyx, Pearls, and glittering black Spinel.

Pearl:

Pearls have an ancient history of reverence as well as a long legacy of beauty. Pearls are formed 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  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 forming a new winged shape. 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 small beauty made in darkness, 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.

 

Onyx:

 is best known for being a natural stone that acts as a kind of 'psychic armor' against the negativity of others. It is also used to sooth grief and heartbreak. It is a wonderful grounding stone and a stone of self mastery, enabling 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.


 

This strand measures 42 inches long from end to end. At its closure is Hourglass Clasp cast in sterling silver, hand oxidized and finished to achieve our signature shade of stormy gray. 

This 'Opera Length' makes it ideal for wearing doubled or tripled up. 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 for meditation, mourning or ritual practices.

 

 

**IMPORTANT***:

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. 

Please visit the Policy Page to make an educated and informed purchase HERE.

Please email any questions to bloodmilkjewels@gmail.com for a timely and kind response.

 

PEARL CARE:

Pearls are naturally much softer than the majority of gemstones we work with and use in our bead strands and require more care.

-Your pearls should be considered a special occasion piece and not necessarily for daily wear.

-We do not recommend applying perfume or hairspray when you are wearing them.

-Pearls are easily scratched. Do not store them with other jewels.

-They should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.