Nest necklaces.
September 21, 2011

Over the past few weeks, I have found a few momma necklaces that I like.  I’ve been torn between finding a necklace where I can engrave the names of my babies – and finding a necklace that is, to me, filled with beautiful symbolism.

These are my favorites:

1. Flying Sparrows Necklace - Triplet in Gunmetal by Robin Hood Couture.
2.  Bird Nest Choker Necklace by Ivory Cove.
3.  Mama’s Nest by The Vintage Pearl.
4.  Heartstrings Necklace by Lisa Leonard.
5.  Bird Nest Necklace - Black Freshwater Pearls by Midnight Blue Jewels.
6.  Oxidized Sparrow Necklace by Destiny’s Creations.
7.  Hooped Bird with Floral Branches by Agent Indigo.
8.  Sterling Silver Twig Necklace - Robin Blue Freshwater Pearl Eggs by A Cup of Sparkle.
9.  Super Mom Necklace by By Hannah Design.


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  1. By Rachel on September 21, 2011

    I think that 4 and 9 are my favourites, probably because you can add names on to them, but 3 is also very sweet.

  2. By Jenny on September 21, 2011

    I love #1. and #6. I love the bird idea. After my miscarriage, I got a necklace with a heart on it—similar in style to 3, 4 or 9. Simple, but it was one I can wear every day…and that was important to me.

  3. By Heather on September 21, 2011

    9 is my favorite. I like that each child has a separate piece, since each child is an individual.

  4. By on September 21, 2011

    I like number three. You can add more eggs to it. And even put their initials in the egg.

  5. By Alicia S. on September 21, 2011

    My heart just totally skipped a beat when I saw this. I can’t thank you enough for posting this. Scarlett’s nursery is in a bird theme, and ever since she was born (partly because we’re planning for her to be our last) I’ve been hooked on the idea of a mommy-necklace that somehow incorporates this exact idea. I’ve designed motherbird tattoos for other moms, but I’m just not the tattoo type… Something about the symbolism of a bird watching over her nest just embodies the heart of motherhood so beautifully I think.

  6. By Sarah Christensen on September 21, 2011

    Sam - That’s what I was thinking.  I also like #2 because I can put eggs in the nest for our angel babies and pearls on the strand for our living children.  You can add pearls in the #5 nest necklace too - up to seven, I think.

    Heather - My only concern with these types are…what do I do if we end up with a ton of names?  Donald and I always wanted a family of four or five children.  So let’s say we have five living children plus our two angel babies - how big does the bottom piece have to be to incorporate seven names?  Or do you just keep them in groups of three or four, so you feasibly have two groups of circles together on one chain?

    Alicia S - I feel the same way =)

  7. By on September 21, 2011

    Why not do a couple different ones on the same chain?  For example, I really like the last one (there is a similar one at The Vintage Pearl that is even a flower shape).  You could do that one for Charlotte.  I also like #4 with the hearts - you could do that one for Zachary and Aurora, since they are the babies of your heart.

    I have an initial necklace (a “wax” seal with an H in the middle) from The Lovely Letter, and it’s gorgeous.  You could also incorporate their birthstones if you wanted somehow… on my initial necklace I also have a small “emerald” stone for Hannah, and a pearl from my wedding necklace because Brian’s birthstone is a pearl.

  8. By on September 21, 2011

    Also, multiples on one chain is easy to add to as your family grows.

  9. By Dianna on September 21, 2011

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m kind of impartial about this. While I love the idea when your family is complete, I know you and Donald want a large family and these seem like they’d be kind of hard to add to especially if you do have quite a few children. I really love 5 and 9, but those seem to fill up quickly. Number 2 is nice too, and I like your idea of the angel babies having a place in the nest and Charlotte and her siblings to follow having a pearl outside. Kind of symbolizes the living babies looking over and taking care of the angel babies. Can’t wait to see which you chose!

  10. By Sarah Christensen on September 21, 2011

    Dianna - That’s exactly the problem we’ve come up against, so no offense taken!  The problem is that our intention has always been to adopt and conceive until we feel our family is finished - and then, when our youngest is a teenager, we hope to continue adopting teens until we feel that we can no longer provide the sort of home those children need and deserve.  Older kids and adolescents need homes just as much as younger kids do, after all.

    Given that, it could easily be 20-30 years before we are finished building our family.  I don’t want to wait twenty or thirty years to do this, but I don’t want to make it difficult to add to the necklace as time passes either since we hope to have a larger family.

    I like #2 in that it’s versatile.  I might have to send it back to add a pearl here and there, but I think it’s probably easier to add to that than it is to something like #4.  I also like that the nest is closer to the momma bird in #2.

    Of course, necklaces like #3 are much simpler - and like someone above said, I could arrange to stamp my children’s initials into each egg.

  11. By on September 22, 2011

    J’aime beaucoup le troisieme et le quatreieme.

    Did I do it right?

  12. By on September 23, 2011

    When I miscarried my first baby I had a charm stamped with the dates the baby was inside me…the date we thought we concieved and the date I passed the baby (had to use the misoprostol, too). on the other side of the charm there are tiny handprints. When our first son was born I got another charm, this time with his birth info stamped on the charm and his name under the handprints. I still need to get two more charms for our 6 month old twins…don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to that yet :) (here’s the charm: http://www.julianandco.com/item/Baby_Hands/312/c56)

  13. By on September 26, 2011

    hoo i love your choices.
    thank you for the agent indigo link. i found a necklace with three birds on a branch with a little house that is adorable.
    also, have you considered designing it yourself, and having it made by a local jeweler ? that way you could plan something that can be modified and embellished over the years ?

  14. By on July 29, 2013

    Hi Sarah,
    I’ve just revisited your poignant posts from a couple years ago regarding your miscarriage. 

    My sister is going through one now. After years of fertility treatments and six rounds of IVF, she thought this was “the one,“ and is, of course, devastated. When I went through it myself, talking helped, but she’s not ready for that, and she’s 3000 miles away. 

    Is there any one necklace you chose, or small gift you received that helped comfort you at all?


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