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Tear Bottles Past The history of the tear bottle is captivating and poignant. Legends of tear bottles or lachrymatories abound in stories of Egypt and middle eastern societies. Tear bottles were prevalent in ancient Roman times, when mourners filled small glass vials with tears and placed them in burial tombs as symbols of love and respect.

In the Old Testament of the Bible, the notion of collecting tears in a bottle appears in Psalm 56:8 when David prays to God, “Thou tellest my wanderings, put thou my tears in Thy bottle; are they not in Thy Book?” David’s words remind us that God keeps a record of human pain and suffering and always remembers our sorrows.

Tear bottles reappeared during the Victorian period of the 19th century, when those mourning the loss of loved ones would collect their tears in bottles ornately decorated with silver and pewter. The mourning period would end when the tears evaporated from the bottle, but the bottle remained as a token of eternal devotion.

Tear Bottles Present Tear bottles today are given to symbolize joy and love for others’ important rites of passage. Births, adoptions, graduations, and weddings are occasions where a lasting gift like a beautiful tear bottle will surprise and delight loved ones. During times of sadness, such as illness or death, a tear bottle or lachrymatory is especially meaningful and can express deep sympathy to loved ones.

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion.” - Simone de Beauvoir

You can learn more about the history of lachrymatory tear bottles at www.lachrymatory.com

Why a Tear Bottle by Timeless Traditions?

BECAUSE, genuine feelings should be represented by a genuine tear bottle. Our tear bottles are original concepts, creations, and designs specifically created to honor and cherish special relationships, deep feelings, important rites of passage or shared emotions. Timeless Traditions uses only premium quality materials and craftsmanship for the production of our tear bottles. The premium quality" tear-shaped" glass bottles are uniquely encased with lead-free metalwork and finished in gold plate, nickel silver, pewter, antique copper, and brass and they are all Made in the U.S.A. The flame-worked, contemporary designs are made in Montana. So, if you care enough to give the best, give a Timeless Traditions tear bottle. Don’t settle for a knock off ~ an Egyptian perfume bottle, an essential oil bottle, or a leaded decorative bottle that may be less expensive, but ultimately is a poor value as an over-priced pretender originally created for some other purpose less worthy than to convey your feelings, your support and your memories. May someone cherish you enough to give you a Timeless Traditions tear bottle.

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