New trend sees moms wearing babies' umbilical chords as necklaces
There are some parents who are obsessed with getting far too close to their kids, to the point where it just comes across as creepy and weird.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm all for parents showing affection to their offspring - that can only be a positive thing. But I think there are some ways of showing love that just seem a little bit creepy. In fact, I'd wager that they'd even make the child pretty embarrassed later on in life.
If you want an example of this kind of phenomenon, then take a look at the bizarre new trend that's hit social media lately, which sees mothers buying and wearing jewellery made out of their child's umbilical cord. If you don't know what an umbilical cord is, then it's the squidgy conduit between a newborn and its mother while in utero, providing the baby with the shared nutrition it needs to grow in the womb.
Usually, umbilical cords are either cut off by a midwife, or they simply drop off naturally of their own accord, before being consigned to the refuse bin.
However now women are taking the leftover stump of the cord and fashioning it into jewellery via a process known as 'wax casting.' Florida-based jewellery designer Ruth Avra is selling bespoke umbilical trinkets from her website, for the hefty price of $200 apiece.
Avra was first inspired to create umbilical bobbles back in 2012, after giving birth to her son. In a recent interview regarding her bizarre jewellery, she told the New York Post that: "I put both stumps next to each other on the table. Lightning bolts struck and I had a plan ... it represents the connection between mother and child because it’s literally the physical connection that is between you."
Not only that, but a company called Speckled Milk also sells its own sterling silver umbilical stump ring, which you can purchase for $80 online. The company sells all manner of weird and creepy jewellery, made from a variety of sources such as breast milk, hair, placenta, wedding veils, as well as pet and human ashes.
The item description on the site states: "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. [sic]"
So, what do you guys think? Is this just a harmless fad? Or is it just plain disgusting? To be honest, I think that wearing a lump of dead flesh that dropped off your baby is pretty strange. But hey, if that's how you want to spend your money, I'm not going to stop you.