Ilado revives the ancestral Mayan tradition of maternity necklace as a meaningful jewelry piece for today's mothers.
THE MAGIC OF A MAYAN TRADITION
The "Harmony ball" or "Angel Caller" was traditionally worn by Mayan mothers-to-be. Legend has it that its soft, crystalline chime sound had the power to call the baby's guardian angel. After birth, newborns would calm down by recognizing the familiar melody heard during pregnancy. Mayan mothers would traditionally sew the chiming pendant into the baby's comforter, or hung it in its cradle to call for the caring protection of his guardian angel.
A POWERFUL BOND
An unborn baby begins to hear at about 20 weeks of pregnancy: the beatings of your heart, your voice... It is the perfect time to start wearing a maternity necklace. Its soft chime sound is very subtle when it’s shaken to the rhythm of your daily movements. To communicate with your baby, you can make your pendant “sing” for him/her, by rolling it over your belly, or in the palm of your hand. You create a warm musical bond: your baby associates these chiming vibrations to your reassuring presence.
A SOURCE OF SOOTHING
After birth, the familiar soothing sound will reassure your baby, as a reminder of the comfort and security felt in the womb. You can gently shake your maternity necklace to calm your baby with its harmonious melody, especially during breastfeeding or bedtime. Some young mothers also suspend the chiming pendant to the stroller or cradle, or sew it into their toddler’s favorite comforter.
A NEW JEWELRY RITUAL
Beyond its soothing effect, your maternity necklace is a meaningful jewelry piece symbolizing the precious bond between you and your baby. Just as your wedding ring symbolizes your commitment to love, your Ilado pregnancy necklace celebrates the arrival of your baby.
Ilado was created in Paris in 2015 by Sandra Zeller. Pregnant with her first child and inspired by the discovery of the Mayan tradition of harmony balls, she imagines the first maternity jewelry brand. Her dream? Bring to today’s mothers a new jewelry ritual celebrating the unique and infinite bond between mother and baby. In 2017, she meets the jewelry designer Naïs Sae-Jiw. Inspired by the beauty of ancestral know-how, she creates for Ilado a first collection combining organic design and precious material.