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Blood Milk Jewels

The Sea of Time. Chapter II.

$500.00

Blood Milk Jewels

The Sea of Time. Chapter II.

$500.00

The Chapter II version of The Sea of Time is a sister strand to our previous 'Self-Portrait in a Sea of Grief' but is far longer and the largest bead is two mm smaller than the largest bead in Chapter I. It can be worn long on the body, or doubled up to give the look of wearing two strands at once. 

Much like my intent for 'Sea of Grief' - this strand represents how we as humans are never able to escape from grief ( some small, some apocalyptic ) , and how it can be like pouring water into the sea of our hearts, how our separate griefs can swirl together becoming a nearly indistinguishable felt sense over time. I've often written about our culture's ( here in the US ) views on grief and times of grieving as being problematic and isolating, my work has mostly centered around creating talismans and objects that are worn close to the body as 'aides' in assisting their wearers through times of grief as a way to combat the loneliness and complex feelings grief can cause. 

 

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.

Clear Quartz:

Despite its ubiquitous accessibility within the crystal kingdom, clear quartz remains one of the most potent crystals one can own, considered to be the 'Master Healer' as it can be used to assist you with any issue. Thought to be a 'memory/record keeper' that enables recall of lost memories, it also helps amplifies spiritual pursuits and increases psychic awareness. The spherical shape, akin to the traditional 'crystal ball,'  has long been a symbol of divination and magic.

 

This strand is comprised of Clear Quartz, Milky Quartz, Pearls, and Sterling Silver beads. It measures 45 inches long from end to end. At its closure is our 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.