A Bristol company born during the Covid-19 lockdowns is helping parents preserve precious memories – by creating jewellery out of breast milk.
Mothers of Eden Makes only need a small amount of a customer’s breast milk to make a piece of resin jewellery that can be kept forever as a reminder of the bond forged in a child’s early years.
While the concept may surprise some, the idea of creating ‘DNA jewellery’ to remember loved ones is growing in popularity.
Other options for extremely personal mementoes include pieces made out of a loved one’s ashes.
Below mum Caprice Fox writes about why she chose to get a DNA keepsake made with her breast milk.
My breastfeeding journey
Before becoming a parent, I had thought that of course I would breastfeed our child.
However, when the time came, I was quite naive to how exhausting and at times, really hard work it can be.
I was up cluster feeding at night, juggling trying to walk a dog while feeding a baby in a sling and for months, having no autonomy over my own body.
But now all of this seems a distant memory and feeding our two year old now is one of our favourite times to bond.
Who doesn’t love extra cuddles?
I was incredibly lucky with our breastfeeding journey and was supported by my wife, encouraging friends and family and local peer support groups in Bristol.
Our daughter will be turning three this summer and I know that our journey is coming to an end.
It has been a really special time for our family so I wanted something to commemorate our feeding journey.
I started looking online at different jewellery makers to see if they could make a ring with my breast milk.
I scoured high and low, shopping local and checking out more Instagram shops than I would like to admit but wow, the cost was expensive!
I know it takes time and effort to make the jewellery so realise that the price is justified but at the time I couldn’t afford it.
Finding Mothers of Eden Makes
Thankfully, at the beginning of this year I came across an Instagram page – @mothersofedenmakes – a local company based in Bristol who ‘lovingly craft DNA jewellery’.
Bonnie, who started the project, explained it came about because of coronavirus.
She said: “Mothers of Eden Makes came about throughout lockdown when we had a little more free time on our hands.
“My other half had developed an interest in DNA Jewellery over recent years, particularly Cremation Jewellery.
“We lost her mum some years ago and shortly after our nephew, as well as my dad, all over recent years.
“So death has been quite a prevalent theme for us within both of our families.
“My partner researched a lot and chose to buy a special keepsake made from her mum’s ashes – it’s a very beautiful ring but it did cost a few hundred pounds.
“I remember thinking that Cremation Jewellery seemed quite expensive and not always the most affordable option for everyone.”
Bonnie and her partner both work in hospital environments so death is something they are both used to experiencing quite often.
But they both recognise the need everyone has after losing someone – to preserve them and have something to remember them by.
‘Unique and sentimental’ DNA jewellery
However, after the expensive Cremation Jewellery search, Bonnie and her partner also wanted to create more affordable pieces, capturing other happier parts of life’s journey.
Bonnie added: “This is why we both wanted to be able to make these special, unique heirlooms with the love, care and compassion that each single commission deserves.
“Something so unique and sentimental to cherish.”
She continued: “Since becoming a mother, I really loved the idea of breast milk jewellery and after lots of researching and impulsive purchases ‘mothersofedenmakes‘ was born.
“We decided to get crafting with a mission to make accessible DNA Jewellery keepsakes, completely tailored to the individual customer’s wishes.
“From the style, colour, type of jewellery piece and the various kind of DNA that can be added such as ashes, hair, umbilical cord, even preserved breast milk, or flowers from a wedding day or special occasion.
“I think it’s so beautiful to capture our life’s journeys.
“I love making precious memories into special keepsakes that can be kept forever.”
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How breast milk jewellery is made
To make breast milk jewellery is to capture a special bond and an individual breastfeeding journey between a mother and child, Bonnie says.
These journeys can be tough – often it is a very bumpy road – so why not celebrate them with a keepsake?
She added: “To make breast milk jewellery, I only need a small amount of the customer’s own breast milk which I then cook with a preservation powder.
“The milk needs to dry out over several days before I use the powdered breast milk to make resin jewellery.
“We love celebrating life by making DNA Jewellery and believe every piece tells its own story and hope to continue our crafts and grow as a small business over the future.”
DNA Jewellery isn’t for everyone, but these ladies are making it accessible for all who want it.
I was certainly glad to have discovered them.
You can see my reaction when I received my DNA pieces in the video at the top of this article.