the HYACINTHUS bracelet
In Greek mythology Hyacinth, a beautiful Spartan prince, was the lover of the god Apollo, and was greatly admired by Boreas, the god of the Northern wind, and Zephyrus the god of the West wind. With Apollo he would visit all of the sacred lands in a chariot driven by swanns. Apollo taught Hyacinth how to use the bow, the art of prophecy, how to play the lyre, and kept him fit with sport.
During a friendly competition throwing the discus, Apollo hurled the sphere with so much force that it split the clouds. Hyacinth ran after the discus and as it returned to earth it rebounded striking Hyacinth. The story is also told that Zephyrus, inspired by jealousy and his love of Hyacinth, blew the discus off course with his Westerly winds and caused the discus to strike Hyacinth. Both stories end with Apollo grief stricken, holding his lover as his blood spilled onto the ground. At that spot grew a flower the color of blood known as the hyacinth.
The bracelet us comprised of African Aja beads, which are round flat saucer shaped glass beads. Loosely looped together with leather cording and finished with two