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LEECHES apothecary necklace
LEECHES apothecary necklace
LEECHES apothecary necklace
LEECHES apothecary necklace
LEECHES apothecary necklace
LEECHES apothecary necklace
LEECHES apothecary necklace

LEECHES apothecary necklace

Regular price $45.00

LEECHES 

“There is no doubt that the medicinal leech is one of the most beautiful of animals,”…. eccentric though they may sound, were simply participating in a bizarre cultural phenomenon that swept through Europe in the nineteenth century: leech mania. Bloodletting was a very common medical practice! Using Leeches was probably for the best, as leeching was safer, gentler, and less painful than slicing open a vein. Yet at times the enthusiasm for leeches reached truly terrifying heights. “le vampire de la médecine” - there would be bleeding patients with fifty leeches at a time, draining up to eighty percent of their blood. Often every new patient admitted to a medical doctor was given a treatment of thirty leeches, regardless of their symptoms.

This turned into another Victorian Craze they named Leech Craft. Quickly it became popular for women to bedeck themselves in leech-themed embroidery.

on a 26 inch silvery and black thin rosary like chain

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Want to know more about this history?
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ornate-jars-for-leeches