Baby Loss Necklace with Enamel
Over one million women per year in the US alone experience miscarriages, and that doesn't count the women who experience stillbirths or the loss of a grown child. It's a heavy grief that often isn't acknowledged or discussed - and it's a grief I know well as I had two miscarriages before the eventual birth of my son. I made this necklace in an effort to bring comfort to those women experiencing baby loss, to be worn as a badge of courage, strength and remembrance.
This necklace features an intaglio style engraving of a blooming rose with rose buds attached at the stem, and gorgeous enamel which brings the piece alive. The charm hangs at a fixed point on the chain. Here is the symbolism and meaning behind this piece:
Blooming Rose – symbolizes the mother’s strength, resilience, and beauty. Roses are stunning and at times fragile, yet have thorns to protect themselves.
Rose Bud – Historically, particularly in the Victorian mourning era, the presence of a rose bud in jewelry represented a young child lost.
One Stem – The flower and bud are connected in one stem, symbolizing an eternal connection.
The Shape - Hundreds of years ago, the shape for a heart was in the form of a teardrop, like this pendant.
Each piece is handcrafted start to finish in Philadelphia, with hand engraving, hand enameling, and recycled silver. This is one version of several variations of this necklace - you can also purchase it without enamel, and as a pendant on a chain (see the shop).
Note that the model is quite thin and wearing a 18" chain; on a typical woman this 18" necklace would fit just below the collarbone. You can also order a 16" version of this - see variation options when ordering. The pendant itself measures 9/16" north to south by 1/2" at its widest width.
This necklace takes upwards of 2 weeks to create. Each necklace will be beautifully wrapped with an insert that describes its meaning, making it perfect for gift giving.
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Each purchase is beautifully wrapped, and a complimentary gift card can be included upon request.