I've seen many different kinds of memento jewelry celebrating the bond between parent and child (see links below) but breast milk jewelry? That's new to me!
One of the artisans who makes breast milk jewelry is Allicia Mogavero from Southern Rhode Island. Her Etsy store, Mommy Milk Creations shows several lovely resin pieces with embedded breast milk beads. The small samples of breast milk - about 2 tablespoons in ziplock bags - sent by buyers are carefully concentrated and plasticized before being molded into tiny shapes.
She has perfected her technique of making these breast milk beads and can guarantee no discoloration with time. The process is long too, taking over a month to complete. She also makes clear to expect color variation with individual samples. "Some milk is more yellow than others, other milk is very thin and will create a less bright bead, if you will."
Allicia explained why she was inspired to create this unusual line of jewelry, "Breastfeeding is one of the hardest yet most rewarding things I've ever had to do. I believe that most mothers feel this way. We've given our children the best start in one of the most selfless acts, we should wear that as a badge of honor." She first made them for herself as a keepsake from her breastfeeding days but soon started to make them for others.
It's definitely not for everyone. Opinions varied on the Baby Center discussion pages back in January. Many were grossed out or not interested. But there are those who do want these unusual mementos. One mother said, "I wouldn't give it to my children, it would be a keepsake for me." and another added "I would totally buy one for myself. I would probably never tell anyone it's breastmilk though."
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Before You Go:
- Children's Art Turned into Jewelry
- Baby Teeth Memento Jewelry...and What Babies Really Think About It
- Jewelry Made from Real Hair- Past and Present
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