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Blood Milk Jewels

Ariadne. Tourmaline Quartz Ritual Strand.

$380.00

Blood Milk Jewels

Ariadne. Tourmaline Quartz Ritual Strand.

$380.00

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Named for Ariadne, daughter of King Minos who imprisoned the Minotaur within the Cretan Labyrinth, this strand features uniquely shaped polished Quartz that has black tourmaline threads within. In the tale of the death of the Minotaur, it is Ariadne who supplies the 'hero' Theseus with a ball of string which enables him to find his way out of the Multicursal labyrinth. She is known as the 'Mistress of the Labyrinth' and later becomes the bride of the wine god Dionysus.

The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol, found on old coins, painted on the walls of subterranean caves, and as physical walking paths set into the floor of churches and historic sites in Europe. There are two types: Unicursal and Multicursal: the first, akin to the Chartres Labyrinth, with a single, spiral-like path in and out, while the latter, such as the Cretan Labyrinth that housed the Minotaur, are filled with different paths, dead ends, and are difficult, if not impossible to navigate. 

Our Labyrinth coins feature a Unicursal path, a nod to the idea of healing/grief/the processing of trauma or personal inner growth being a spiral, a nonlinear process. This form of Labyrinth has been used for walking meditation, with the idea of the center, or ‘centre’ being where one returns to their hidden self (unconscious), or in some views, the Shadow self, the Minotaur. You will not be the same person walking out as walking in, the trials, challenges and experiences along the path will transform you.

The unconscious is a rich place, present within each of us, that is often inaccessible to us. Our unconscious can present itself as our Shadow – aspects of ourselves that we have tried to suppress, often since childhood, due to societal norms. We acclimate to the pressures of the world around us and push down these inky parts of ourselves –often hiding them from our conscious selves – making the Shadow feel akin to an Underworld that we travel to in dreams or in traumatic moments, often surprising ourselves. As taught in Jungian theory, if we are able to meet our Shadow, to be more aware of it, we have reached another step on the path towards being whole, to a rich expansion of ourselves. 

Since my own tangles with grief started, I feel I’ve been walking this serpentine path, drawing closer to deeper understanding and acceptance of all my murky, embarrassing and terrible bits, while at other times seeming to travel further away, lost at sea. If this feels akin to a journey you are on, I hope this Labyrinth talisman brings you comfort and strength. 

Long, slender tourmaline quartz stones are strung between sterling silver beads, each of which is hand oxidized and finished to create shadows and highlights. 

Tourmaline Quartz is a variety of clear quartz with naturally occurring needle-like inclusions of black tourmaline. The individual metaphysical properties of each stone are found in these beads. 

Quartz is a considered the 'Master Healer, and is known for its propensity to improve memory and bring clarity to the consciousness. In this way, it is also a helpful tool in meditation.

Black Tourmaline is well known for its protection qualities acting as psychic armor against negativity and psychic attacks. 

The quartz varies from clear to cloudy and the tourmaline strands can be minimal to very heavy. This strand was so designed so that visually, they transition from lighter to darker around the strands.

These stones are hand cut and therefore may have very slight differences in size and may have small signs of the carver's hands along the edges. These are not fabricated by a machine, they are made by hand and therefore aren't uniformly perfect. The photographs accurately portray the quality of the stones and the cuts. 

This strand measures just over 37 inches long from end to end. At its closure our largest, double sided Labyrinth talisman clasp adds an additional layer of psychic protection. This clasp 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.

 

***IMPORTANT***

With only a few in existence, this strand has already been designed and created by Jess in our studio and is ready to ship. It will be on it's way to you within one week of it's purchase date. 

We do not anticipate this particular style being available again after this release. 

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