When someone first hears that I make breast milk jewelry and keepsake jewelry they often have questions. While many women are familiar with this type of jewelry and understand how special it is, there are others who aren’t and are intrigued. But when they learn about it, they fall in love with the idea…and I’m one of those women. What started as simply wanting to make a piece for myself, turned into an opportunity to make these mementos for other moms too through Milk Vine Jewelry. So what is breast milk jewelry and keepsake jewelry, who buys it and why do I make it? Let me explain…
I’m a mother of two wonderful boys and proudly breastfed both. Like many moms, I had my own challenges while breastfeeding, but as I gazed into their sweet eyes, my heart melted and I knew I wanted to preserve the memory forever. As my kids grew older and they no longer needed Froggy and their blankie to keep them safe at night, I wanted a way to keep a little part of those special ‘friends.’ I found a way to celebrate my breastfeeding journey and keep a memento of my kid’s lovies – breast milk jewelry and keepsake jewelry!
What is Breast Milk Jewelry and Keepsake Jewelry?
What is Breast Milk Jewelry?
Each mom’s breastfeeding journey is unique. Some moms find breastfeeding their little ones comes easily, while other moms struggle. Breast milk jewelry celebrates the struggles, the determination, and the love you have for your little ones.
Breast milk jewelry is a special type of jewelry made from your own breast milk. I use a unique method to preserve your breast milk and turn it into a hard jewel, making it perfect for creating beautiful jewelry that lasts for years to come.
A mom’s breast milk is unique to her, therefore every piece of jewelry is also unique. That’s what makes these pieces so special! The translucency and color of breast milk ranges from very light to white to creamy yellow and even a slight blue tint. This makes your piece of jewelry a one-of-kind, hand-crafted piece that will be a beautiful reminder of your breastfeeding journey. And it only takes about a ½ ounce to make each piece. One of the other cool things about this jewelry is that it can also be private. No one would know it’s made of breast milk just by looking at it, so moms can keep this fact private if they choose, or they can shout it from the rooftops!
What is Keepsake Jewelry?
Life is full of milestones – from births to weddings, proms, graduations and more! Keepsake jewelry is a beautiful way to preserve memories by inserting a special inclusion in your jewelry such as your placenta, a piece of a baby blanket or wedding dress, flower petal or something else special to you. No breast milk is necessary! For a baby’s blanket, wedding dress or other material, I cut it into smaller pieces and include it in the preservation process so it adds a special effect to your jewelry. These pieces of jewelry can be made with or without breast milk. If made without breast milk, they are set in a resin mixture (you can even add a pearl shimmer), creating a beautiful piece.
Who Buys Breast Milk Jewelry and Keepsake Jewelry?
Breast milk jewelry isn’t just for moms, it’s also for dads and women who donate breast milk. It’s a wonderful way to commemorate your breastfeeding journey, but it’s also a lovely gift for someone who has donated their breast milk to you. Just think of what a special sentiment it would be to give your donor a beautiful piece of jewelry made from their breast milk. Keepsake jewelry is a special reminder of life’s special moments and mementos. That special blankie your child always totes around, that soft bear, your wedding dress, a rose from your wedding bouquet…they are all reminders of special moments and memories and I can turn a piece of them into a ring/necklace/earrings you will cherish always.
Why Do I Make Breast Milk and Keepsake Jewelry?
The reason I make breast milk and keepsake jewelry is simple – it’s because it means something special to me and to others, and that fills me with happiness.
After becoming a mom, my world changed. And as I watch my kids grow older I finally understand what people always say, “Enjoy it while you can, because they grow so fast.” It’s so true. Of course, I’m beyond proud of my kids and love watching them grow, but I’m also quite sentimental and with each new milestone comes more reasons to be nostalgic. I’m the sappy mom that hangs and then saves every piece of art my kids bring home, the mom that can’t say ‘I love you’ enough or give/get enough hugs, the mom that wants to hold onto my kids’ youth and make them live with me forever (even though my oldest has assured me he’s going to college and if I want to stay around him I’ll need to move to his college town as well – another reason to be proud!).
I’ve always wanted to do something that really means something to me. I’ve worked in publishing for nearly 20 years, and while I thoroughly enjoy it, I felt I was missing something. I wanted to do something to give back – to the world, to parents…something! I also wanted a way to capture these special memories with my kids. I found that I can both give something special and capture moments in breast milk and keepsake jewelry. I set out to figure out how to make these special pieces. It was quite a technical and difficult preservation process to learn, and it took me quite some time to perfect it, but I’m happy I did. Not only do I now have beautiful pieces of jewelry I’ve made with my own breast milk and pieces of lovies, but I also feel honored to make these wonderful pieces for other moms and dads as well.
What began as simply wanting to create a special keepsake for myself turned into an opportunity to create these mementos for other mothers too. I wanted to do something that has meaning to both me and to others, and I’ve found this in crafting jewelry that celebrates all of life’s special moments.
To learn more about breast milk and keepsake jewelry and to view my collection, please visit www.milkvine.com.
What do you think about breast milk and keepsake jewelry? Would you wear it? What would you include in your settings? Would you keep it a secret or shout it from the rooftops?