KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When you think of jewelry -- you might think of diamonds, silver, or gold. But one local mom is using something unusual, and it makes for unique jewelry.
Kyra Brooks says her jewelry shows the bond between a mother and her child.
“I was breastfeeding my daughter at the time, and I kind of wanted a tangible way to capture this bond that I had with her,” she explained.
Brooks has been designing and selling her breast milk jewelry a little more than a year. She started in November of 2014.
“People mail me their breast milk, and then I make it here, and then I ship it off to them, and I`ve had customers from all over the world,” she said.
Brooks was a registered nurse, and is now a stay-at-home mom with one daughter. She says she's made jewelry for a while as a hobby, but started experimenting to figure out how to incorporate breast milk into her hobby.
“Once I get it, I naturally preserve it for use later, and it`s left in its liquid state, and then I use chemicals to harden it, and form it into whatever the mom might want, whether it`s a necklace or pearl or something like that,” she said.
Brooks says it takes approximately a week from start to finish to complete one piece of jewelry. She makes beads for charm bracelets, pearls, rings, earrings, and she's trying to expand in the future.
“It's a great way to have a tangible item for such an ephemeral part of motherhood,” she said.
She's had some mixed reactions to her unique jewelry.
“Some people thought it was weird, some people thought it was the best idea ever,” she said.
She says her business started off small, but now her Facebook page has more than 18,000 likes, and many moms are hoping to keep their jewelry until their children are grown...
“I`ve had moms tell me that they plan to pass their jewelry on to their child, too, to let them know about this wonderful thing they did for them,” Brooks said.