I was watching a fascinating video about pregnancy the other day — the bond between mums and their babies from the womb continues to astound me. Did you know that babies can discern not only their mother’s voice, but their mother’s language, before birth? Or that unborn babies start to hear at 18 weeks? According to Ilado Paris, the French designers of stunning maternity jewellery, that’s the perfect time to start wearing a pregnancy necklace.
As featured on Babes about Town last year, the Ilado Paris pregnancy necklace collection helps to sustain the connection between mama and infant. If you wear one of their chiming pendants before birth, the sound not only soothes your baby in the womb, but comforts them later. They grow to associate the familiar tones with the comfort of being in utero, as well as with the reassuring presence of their mother.
These beautiful statement pieces are a modern take on an ancient tradition found in Mayan, Mexican and other indigenous cultures. The necklaces were worn by mothers as a protective amulet, as the jingling was meant to call your Guardian Angel to you for protection.
Ilado Paris is the baby of two mama friends Sandra and Celia, who joined forces over a mutual interest in the beauty and magic of ancestral jewellery. In 2015, they created their line of jewellery that has been picked up by celebrities and fashion journals across the globe.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Ilado Paris launched their Joy pregnancy necklaces that are handmade in brass and plated with 18 carat gold or silver. They are finished off with elk cords and tassels hand braided by Laotian ladies in a fair trade workshop. What’s cool is that you can customise your necklace by choosing yur pendant finish and one of 6 vibrant colours for your silk cord.
I think these necklaces would make a charming gift for any expectant or new mama. Frankly, I’d wear one now myself, for good luck and as a reminder of the babes I’ve carried in my arms, and in my heart.
Win Ilado Paris Pregnancy Necklace €79 (12 Days of Xmas 2016)
Ilado Paris are taking part in our 12 Days of Xmas again, offering one of their Joy pregnancy necklaces worth €79. This would be a gift to treasure for new mums anywhere in the world.
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12 Days of Xmas 2016
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