Breastmilk, Placenta & Ashes Jewellery
I LOVE jewellery. I can’t walk past a jewellery shop without stopping and admiring all the contents of the display in the window.
When I look at my own jewellery, It’s almost as if I am looking at a photograph. The memories….the beauty….the nostalgia….
For me to be able to unleash my creative side by making beautiful pieces of jewellery that will in turn allow you to remember is a huge honour for me. And to be able to combine my creative side with my love for jewellery AND my love of breastfeeding and placentas is another huge bonus!
It’s time to celebrate strong, resilient, powerful women!
Breastfeeding is such an emotional time. Even when it all goes smoothly, it can still be a challenging new skill, particularly in the early days when you are recovering from pregnancy and birth and finding your feet with this wonderful new human.
For some women breastfeeding is a huge struggle. It may be the traumatised nipples, engorgement, oversupply, undersupply, mastitis, tongue ties or a host of other challenges. But despite all this, many women overcome all the hurdles and go on to breastfeed happily (or not) for months or even years.
I have met women who love breastfeeding, women that dislike it but do it anyway and I’ve met women at every point in between. It is a hugely complex journey full of joy, pain, fatigue, sacrifice and love.
To take a few drops of your breastmilk and turn it into a beautiful keepsake that will remind you of what an unstoppable force of nature you are, every single time you look at it, touch it or feel it against your skin….well that really is something special.
Because one day there will be no more milk – that is inevitable. The time will come when your breastfeeding journey will come to an end. Perhaps for you, that is now and that is why you are here.
I want you to take a moment to remember your strength…your perseverance….how you never gave up! How you nourished your baby. Remember all those moments when your baby’s soft skin was against yours, remember how your baby gazed into your eyes as they fed..and that beautiful smell.
Your jewellery will be your memories – encapsulated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Memory jewellery is just that. Jewellery made with your breastmilk, placenta, ashes, hair, soil, sand or fabric. The options are limitless. Your inclusions are set in resin inside a ring, earrings or pendant. Colours can be added to give stunning results.
The highest quality jewellers resin is used and all my silver is specially created for Midwife Balance. This is not just novelty jewellery. It is a beautiful piece that will be worn with love often and will last a lifetime.
I have developed a special formula to treat and preserve your breastmilk so that it can be dried and ground down and added to your jewellery. Milk in its original liquid form would not work as resin and water do not get along! Creating this preservation technique has taken a lot of trial and error but has resulted in a process that works beautifully. The metals used as mentioned above are the highest quality and only jewellers resin is good enough for this purpose.
It is not unusual for your piece to change colour very slightly in the early weeks as it ‘settles in’ After this, I have had no experience with any of the pieces I have created changing colour. I offer a 12-month warranty but your piece is designed to last a lifetime. It is not advisable to expose resin to harsh chemicals such as chlorine or direct UV light for long periods. With normal wear, you should have no issues.
The turnaround time varies depending on a few factors but generally three weeks from when I receive your milk. I will keep you informed at every stage of the process and if I am expecting any delays then I will notify you.
Just five to 10 mls. If you are including placenta then just one capsule is plenty. Just half a teaspoon of ashes is more than enough.
Breastmilk, placenta, ashes, hair, soil, sand or fabric. If you have any other suggestions please get in touch and we’ll see what we can create together.
Your jewellery metal may need a polish from time to time. Use the complimentary polishing cloth provided. Don’t polish the resin itself as it may make it dull.
Resin should not be exposed to chemicals such as hand sanitiser, hairspray, washing up liquid, sunscreen or chlorine. It is best removed before showering and swimming. Store out of UV light as long exposure may cause your piece to discolour. Good care will see your piece last a lifetime. If you regularly have your hands in water, a pendant may be a better choice for you.
Yes, a no questions asked 12 month guarantee. If you have any issues simply send your piece back to me and I will replace or repair it. If the piece you bought is no longer in stock then I will offer an alternative .
Shipping of your jewellery on completion is free within Australia. International shipping is a flat $15 AUD. You are responsible for shipping costs to get your breastmilk, placenta etc to me. I recommend using registered post. There is always the danger things may be lost in the post so please don’t send me the ‘last’ of anything.
Your inclusion will be labelled when I receive it and the label will stay with it throughout the entire jewellery creation process. There is no room for error with the safety processes that I have developed
Yes, for a flat fee of $15 I will post internationally. It is your responsibility to post your breastmilk/placenta etc to me
You’ll need around 5-10mls. Pop it into a milk storage bag if you have one, otherwise, any ziplock bag will do. Please double bag it to prevent any leaks. Take it to the post office and send it via registered post in a padded envelope or better still a packaging box. Other inclusions are best double-bagged too. Remove as much air as possible so there is less chance of the bag popping in transit. You will receive the postal details with your receipt.
I have had breastmilk sent from several countries overseas with no issues. Remember, it does not have to be fit for consumption. It does not matter if your breastmilk spoils in the post as the preservation process kills any bacteria and makes it perfect for jewellery. Old breastmilk out the freezer is great for this purpose. Just defrost it first.
I’ll let you know when I receive your inclusion and I’ll keep you posted at each step of the process. When it is ready to ship I’ll send you tracking details.