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Erin ParnellBy Erin Parnell
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Erin ParnellBy Erin Parnell
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£386
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About

This is a heart pendant I made for myself with my own breastmilk
This is a heart pendant I made for myself with my own breastmilk

While on Maternity Leave, I started this crazy, unique business. 

I began with making these resin items for myself and then for my friends and has now become a fully-fledged Ltd Company. I have been lucky enough to have had an article in Closer Magazine about my unique and crazy jewellery business! I have also been featured in MetroOnline: https://metro.co.uk/2018/02/01/not-make-breast-milk-jewellery-7278330/ and more recently have written a blog for a website to talk about why someone would want their breastmilk, (umbilical cord, baby hair etc) incorporated into a precious keepsake to cherish forever https://www.mybump2baby.com/top-5-reasons/

It's all going well so why do I need you?  

I currently run this small online business alongside my full-time "day job" and am often asked by people if I can do other special items hence why it has expanded from breastmilk jewellery to incorporate many different inclusions including cremation ashes, both human and pet. 

A gorgeous pendant I made using cremation ashes
A gorgeous pendant I made using cremation ashes

I would like to expand my business to be able to offer laser engraved items ranging from pendants, bracelets, charms and anything else anyone asks for to put hand/foot/paw and finger prints on to cherished items.

I pride myself in my customer service and have only received 5 star reviews https://www.facebook.com/pg/EternallyCherishedUK/reviews/?ref=page_internal It is extremely important to me that people received something precious that they can cherish forever. Whether that be a breastmilk bead to commemorate and celebrate their breastfeeding journey, to remembering a loved one and always having a piece of them with you.

I incorporate real flowers into my jewellery as well; some have asked for forget-me-nots or rose petals - whatever is sentimental to you or simply your style. 

Why this expansion?

The laser is top of the range and will ensure that it creates high precision images which can be incorporated onto precious metals, sterling silver, 14ct gold etc. I intend on launching a whole range of charms which can be engraved with prints of baby hands/fingerprints, baby footprints, paw prints etc, as well as any other engraving such as names or messages (all dependant on the size of the piece).

This isn't just for parents it can be from one loved one to another, from parent to child, they are great sentimental keepsakes for everyone

Shipping of inclusions

  • Breastmilk - In UK I will send out breastmilk kits, anywhere else I will contact individually to discuss sending this. There are no laws about posting breastmilk in regular post.
  • Other inclusions - I will contact everyone directly to discuss arrangements for having these sent to me.
  • Laser engraving - In UK I will send out a kit for taking prints, anywhere else I will contact individually to discuss arrangements for this. Emailed scanned images are fine however if the image is poor the engraving will be too, so be careful to send what you want to appear. Word limits will be discussed with each individual depending on piece. (Images can be scanned and emailed)
  • Colours - with so many to choose from I will contact everyone individually - please look on the website and have something in mind for swift creation :) I am always happy to discuss options. 

With other companies doing similar things why would you chose to support me? 

I started this unique business with an idea that I wanted to be competitively priced and affordable. For example: I researched other sites and found one competitor that offered an exact same ring but 4 times the price - (their overheads might be higher, or they have a different supplier or they are simply overpricing their items as the market is small) - I do not want to do that. I want to charge a fair price for these beautiful pieces and make them accessible for everyone.

Here are some testimonials from some very happy customers. It is so important to me that people are happy with these one of a kind items and I hope that shows from these comments:

VCross Review
VCross Review
EMC Review
EMC Review
KS Review
KS Review

The laser that I have chosen is expensive, however, is unrivalled on the market, so I can be certain to produce exact images onto precious metals for people to love and cherish. The money that I have asked for is for 1 desktop laser (£18000 plus VAT) and Kickstarter fees (and some VAT). If I am lucky enough to get over funded, then all money will go into the business materials to ensure that I produce the best quality items for everyone. 

I love being able to bring such joy to people by giving them something so precious and really want to expand my reach so more people can have keepsakes like these. Each order will be issued with a unique reference number so there will be no confusion with *inclusions.

*Inclusions

Breastmilk, Hair (both human and pet), Cremation Ashes (both human and pet), ask me about anything else you would want to inlcude, whatever is imporant to you!

Rewards

Bespoke Handmade Beads

Bespoke Handmade Beads
Bespoke Handmade Beads

Laser Engraved Heart Bead

Example of Laser Engraved Bead
Example of Laser Engraved Bead

 Sterling SIlver Pendant

A Sterling SIlver Pendant
A Sterling SIlver Pendant

 14ct Gold Pendant

14ct Gold Orb Pendant
14ct Gold Orb Pendant

 Sterling SIlver Ring

One of the Sterling Silver Rings Available
One of the Sterling Silver Rings Available

 14ct Gold ring

14ct Gold Ring option
14ct Gold Ring option

 Love Locket

One of the love lockets available
One of the love lockets available

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

Although I am pretty good with time management, if I get overwhelmed with all of these orders and orders through the website, there may be some delays, however I will always be in contact to keep you up to date. I have saved up Annual Leave to take time off from my day job to be able to dedicate time to these items :)

I have set up a supplier for the laser machine who have advised me that there is a lead time of up to 8 weeks, therefore there may be delays (this does mean we get plenty of time to discuss options and get all inclusions arriving, especially if from abroad)

There is a risk that my suppliers may run out of stock (although unlikely as I have checked) but this may result in a delay - see website for sizes available, it is pretty extensive. I will always be in contact to keep you updated of anything you need to know.

Postage - although I am happy to cover the cost of sending out kits (UK only) and the final item, it is your responsibility to pay correct postage to get your inclusions here (UK usually £3) - we can make other arrangements for overseas customers :)

I have an already established and registered ltd company so the risk of it not being sucessful is already mitigated - everyone will get their orders :)

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