Blood Milk Jewels

Time Along The Lethe { Lethe Chapter II }


Blood Milk Jewels

Time Along The Lethe { Lethe Chapter II }


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This long mourning strand is composed of Grey Moonstone beads and Sterling Silver hollow 'pearls'. It is named after the river Lethe, which is one of five rivers that moved through the Underworld and circled Hypnos. In myth, to drink from the River Lethe meant you would experience forgetfulness of your previous life, often preparing your soul for reincarnation. Lethe is also the Goddess of oblivion and forgetfulness, for whom the river is named. 

Sometimes at night when I'm trying to settle my thoughts and fall asleep, all of my worst memories surface, and I'm haunted by all my past mistakes. I often wish there was a way to erase these memories, that seem to transform and intensify any time they materialize. This is a talisman for this strange kind of time travel, and a wish for making peace with those moments in our past lives we wish to be free from and healed, since unfortunately we can not permanently ‘remove’ our memories. 

As much as this strand is thematically similar to the original Lethe, it also features a nod to the grey Moonstone version of the Persephone strand which you can see in the three bead clusters. Persephone was Queen of the Underworld and also, a keeper of time in the sense that the origin of seasons began around her story of abduction and return. The pattern changes between beads make this a great strand for meditation or ritual purposes, its tactile nature can help bring you back to your body when you might be feeling a bit out of it. 

This strand measures approximately 44 inches long from end to end, including clasp. At its closure is our Hourglass clasp in sterling silver, oxidized to our favorite gloomy grey and finished to highlight the shining silver beneath.  

Grey Moonstone:

Grey moonstone shares many of the same metaphysical properties as the rest of the moonstone family. It is closely tied to the moon, with some cultures believing the stone is solidified moon rays, while others think of them as embodiments of the moon's tears. Acting as a kind of Psychic armor, it is thought to protect its wearer from not only dark nights, but dark times; it helps sooth grief, loss, and other emotional turbulence. It is also a great tool for meditation and clairvoyance, & has been used in jewelry since ancient times for both its unique beauty and magic.

These beads range in color but mostly share a medium cool grey tone. Their flashes are shimmers of silvery white. As a natural stone, clarity and color varies, but know that each bead has been hand selected for its high quality.



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

*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.                           

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