Wonderment Jewelry is handcrafted Argentium silver jewelry designed with curious little fingers in mind.
This silver jewelry has become known as Mama Metal because it is beautiful for mamas to wear, plus safe and strong for babies to tug and fiddle with. Mama Metal has become especially desirable to those who babywear and breastfeed. It creates a nice distraction and is often used when comforting or rocking a child to sleep.
I wish I knew about the joy of babywearing with my older children. I have a photo of me wearing my oldest daughter (now 17 years) in a Snugli. I used it for a brief time but since I found it uncomfortable as she grew heavier, I didn't make it a habit. I hung onto the carrier until I had my son in 2006, but again, I didn't find it comfortable and never researched to find a carrier with a better fit for me. However, when Mary Ann was born in January 2015, I came across these beautiful wraps that mamas were carrying their babies in, and I fell in love and decided I was going to learn how to wrap. And so I did!
Shortly after, I started noticing those who were showing off their beautiful wraps and tie-offs had these beautiful silver necklaces that were perfect for little fingers to grab onto. And once I realized they would not break from those tuggy fingers, I decided I needed one of those, too, to go with the wraps I was starting to collect. The problem is, at the time, Mama Metal was pretty new, the name just recently had been coined. I entered draws, set my phone alarm and tried my hands at fast fingers, but I just couldn't get my hands on these necklaces. So, I got an idea to learn the craft of making these hammered silver pieces and Wonderment Jewelry was born.
My pieces are made of Argentium silver purchased from a reputable American company. I am completely self-taught and would never consider myself a professional jeweler. However, I do believe I have a little bit of talent and creativity for providing a nice selection of Mama Metal pieces. Argentium silver is a modern silver alloy similar to sterling silver, except that a portion of the copper has been replaced with the metalloid germanium which makes it more tarnish resistant. Each link is fused, hammered and textured to my satisfaction, then tumbled and polished. As with any handcrafted item, no two pieces can be exactly alike and each have their own characteristic beauty marks. All pieces are made in the USA and safe for babies to touch and tug. Even though these silver pieces are safe for babies, they are made for mamas to wear and should only be played with under adult supervision. I also caution you when allowing your baby to teeth on the jewelry. It is metal, after all, and I do not recommend allowing your baby to bite the jewelry. I hope that you will enjoy your Wonderment Jewelry long after your children are babies!
But what if you're not a mom or your babies are already grown? That's okay - this durable, beautiful silver jewelry can be enjoyed by all! I've even recently added a Beyond Mama Metal line for those who want to add a pop of color with their favorite gemstones or to further grow their Wonderment collection.
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Alicia Donoghue, Owner & Artisan