Period jewellery inspired by that time of the month
There are lots of downsides to having your period - cramps, discomfort and pain among them - but a British designer has come up with an idea to improve things. Period jewellery.
Yes, that's right. Rings, necklaces, brooches and other sparkly trinkets which reference that time the of the month are now a reality.
Think a ring designed to look like a used sanitary pad, a period paraphernalia charm bracelet and bead embroidery designed to look like bloody stains.
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London designer Lili Murphy-Johnson's collection is a nod to those frustrating, messy leaks that women either endure or live in fear of during the average 450 periods they get in their lifetime.
Murphy-Johnson' told Mashable that she was inspired to design the collection by dealing with her own PMS.
"The irritability and anxiety that I felt was stopping me from being able to think of ideas for a jewellery collection, so I decided to start by replicating these PMS symptoms into jewellery to get me started.
"I think a lot of people still find talking about menstruation difficult. A lot of people think it's gross when people do talk about menstruation. I think the stigma of it is so ingrained in our culture that even if people know it's logically not gross, it's still difficult to feel comfortable about it."
The young designer hopes the collection will change taboos around menstruation, something not usually talked about other than in whispered tones, let alone worn with pride on one's person.
"I hope it can give a space for people to talk about it. If it can change anyone's perceptions that would be great."