Some parents are wanting to get maybe too close to their kids.
Showing affection for a child is never wrong. Wearing a badge of motherhood is even more encouraged, but there are ways of showing love without being creepy about it. Especially that your baby might not want this heirloom later in life.
Instead of throwing out the umbilical cord post-delivery, Mothers are finding a new way to repurpose the tube of shared nutrition the baby needs to grow in womb. Mothers instead buy jewelry and insert their child’s umbilical cord into the emblem.
Fashioning it into jewellery is done through the process known as “wax casting.”
The new trend has has hit social media, with many opposers, but surprisingly, many on board.
Florida-based jewelry designer Ruth Avra is selling umbilical pendant from her website, for the hefty price of $200 apiece.
Avra was first inspired to create these umbilical necklaces back in 2012, after the birth of her son.
"I put both stumps next to each other on the table. Lightning bolts struck and I had a plan,” she said. “It represents the connection between mother and child because it’s literally the physical connection that is between you."
However, she was asked to create a custom piece earlier, from her friend who had just given birth.
Avra said a close friend gave her son’s umbilical stump back in 2011 and asked her to make jewelry out of it.
"I was a jeweler, it should have been a no-brainer, but the stump sat on my desk for several months,” Avra said. “I was pregnant at the time with my first child and shortly after my son was born, I put my stump next to my friend's stump. The sheer difference of the two of them made me realize exactly what I needed to do."
Preserving babies’ umbilical cord stump serves as a remembrance of the baby's connection to their mom in utero. The mother-child connection is one of a kind, and Avra says, so is the jewelry.
“No two stumps are alike,” Avra said. “The shape of each piece is entirely determined by the shape of the cord stump.”
More are manufacturing the creepy charms. A company called Speckled Milk sells their sterling silver umbilical stump ring online for $80 online. Speckled Milk also sells jewelry made from a variety of bodily sources such as breast milk, hair, placenta, wedding veils, as well as pet and human ashes.
The item description on the site says, "Handmade solid sterling silver band with your custom 10mm stone. Choose your inclusion and band finish. These rings are very comfortable to wear. Price is per ring. Any single inclusion can be used for this ring including Breastmilk, umbilical cord stump, [a] lock of hair, ashes, pet fur or pet ashes, encapsulated placenta, dried flowers, sand or scrap of fabric/wedding veil."
Avra said she has sold hundreds of necklaces, bracelets and other pieces made from umbilical cord stumps since she first thought of the unique jewelry design. To get yours, send the dried cord in the mail, and Avra will use silver and resin to preserve the section of cord tissue.
"It's definitely not meant for everyone, I know that very well," Avra said. "I think tomatoes are disgusting but I smile and am polite when people eat them in front of me. I would recommend for others to do the same when they see something they think is gross that others love."