Blood Milk Jewels

To Hold a Comet by its Tail. Chapter II.


Blood Milk Jewels

To Hold a Comet by its Tail. Chapter II.


I’m obsessed with comets & shooting stars. How strange that there’s a multitude of possibilities and perils and intense beauty hovering above us that most of us don’t even consider day to day unless the Moon or a certain planet is doing something interesting astrological. Comets especially hold metaphorical meaning for me because they were significant to the Victorians, so much so that they commemorated Halley’s Comet with jewelry on its return. To love a thing that appears on fire, a thing not of this world, is teeming with significance that you can sew your own thoughts and heart into. Another idea here is a new phrasing of ‘Having a Tiger by the tail’ ~ knowing you are in peril but having no way out- you can not let go, but you can't really move either. Feeling trapped with no exit, the walls closing in. But maybe holding a comet by the tail means grabbing something alien ~ letting it alchemicaly transform you in the crucible of intense experience, and riding it into the other side ~ the other worlds ~ journeying into the cosmos. Going somewhere new, being somewhere new.

The sentiment of Having a Tiger by the tail comes from ancient China - "Ch'i 'hu nan hsia pei" goes the Chinese proverb, translated in 1875 as "He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount. The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs interprets the old Asian metaphor as "Once a dangerous or troublesome venture is begun, the safest course is to carry it through to the end," " via The New York Times 

Here, the intent is to ride or have the comet by the tail - facing the mystery of the unknown or the hardest/ugliest things in our lives that we may turn away from, and instead, going through it. Riding it in all its distress and danger, all its grief and sorrow, through all the inevitable pain its tethering may bring, and surviving. Becoming new on the other side. 

Gray Moonstone:

Gray 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. 

Moonstone is also known for its powerful psychic abilities. Used to protect empaths & sensitives from absorbing other people's emotions, it is known to be used during meditation for connecting to one's inner landscapes. As a romantic stone, it is known to strengthen the bonds between lovers, when given as gifts, especially during the full moon. 

These beads are the palest shade of gray moonstone we have purchased, hence we have been calling it Ghost Gray. It presents as a cool white / pale gray, with flashes and shimmers of silvery white, almost selenite-esq. The smaller spheres are a more *French* gray in appearance, with a warmer hue. 

As a natural stone, please be aware clarity and color can vary slight from bead to bead. Each bead has been hand selected for its quality.


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 fleshy 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 form 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 duress, 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.

This strand measures 37.5 inches long from end to end. At its closure, our largest, double sided eye talisman adds an additional layer of psychic protection. This eye can be positioned 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 length and varying bead sizes makes it perfect to use for meditation or ritual practices.





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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.



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.