I’ve always loved stories, and throughout my life have had the privilege of being invited into the stories of people’s very own pilgrimages, rites of passage and crossings. Through the beginning of my career in journalism and human resources, to the last 12 years in my doula and now trauma work, I have been allowed this insight.
Spiral Tree began in 2014 after a move to KZN and the birth of my niece.
I was my dear sister’s doula and as her red-headed daughter emerged, I was given the beautiful allowance of being the first to touch her. We also share matching birth-marks. I was looking for a creative outlet and wanted to make my sister something special with her placenta that she encapsulated with Organic Birth, to remember her empowering pregnancy and birth journey. After I searched for someone to help me, I realized that I needed to do it on my own. With my own newborn baby girl on my chest, I researched and experimented and found a way to enclose treasured memories in pendants and keepsakes.
Four days after I gifted my sister her locket, she tragically died, leaving her one year old and a very devastated family behind. In this dark time of heartache, I was asked by family to use Vicky’s hair and ashes in special pieces for them too. And through the outlet of creating meaningful ideas and art, I was able to help others and gently grieve in my own way. In the last 8 years I’ve made thousands of pieces, developing and honing my art to a level of international standards, and through it all having the sacred blessing of hearing and holding your stories of joy and celebration, of loss and grace. Thank you
Custom made jewellery and keepsakes for life transitions. Incorporating ashes, botanicals, breastmilk, hair etc.
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Mother to Three. Partner to my Beloved. Creator. Family Mediation Practitioner. Certified Doula. Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Dreamer.
Thank you Melissa for creating beautiful keepsake pendants for me and my sister with our Mother's ashes. We will treasure it for ever! I will highly recommend your services. Thank you for making this a very pleasant and special experience!
Esme van Jaarsveld
I have been following Spiral Tree - Keepsake Jewellery since I fell pregnant with my first daughter over 5 years ago and I have been in love with Melissa's work ever since... Each piece has been a master piece with such love put into it... I was finally able to buy a pearl pendant for myself with a little flower inside. Melissa went above and beyond to make my dream come true. The moment I saw it I was absolutely speechless, it was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes... Thank you so much Melissa, for such amazing service and helping my dream come true... I truly love it so much! It is worth every cent.
Melissa has made very special pieces for me in the past, a breastmilk pendant and a few ashes pendants. Each item was made to perfection with so much love and care! Thank you Melissa for helping me heal from the pain of losing a parent. I'm now in the process of ordering more ashes pendants for my father that has passed away. Thank you for making my memories last for ever!
Melissa went above and beyond to help me design a special piece. I knew I wanted to represent both my boys but wasn't happy with what I had seen before using both hair and milk so we decided to combine the two. I had a feeling that it would be something beautiful and unique but what I received completely exceeded all my expectations, it is perfect. It perfectly captures the symbolism of both my boys being my heart. Melissa was so considerate and kept me informed every step of the way.
I ordered from Melissa and I never thought my piece will be ready before I leave to go to New Zealand. Not only did it arrive with a couple of weeks to spare, it is even prettier than I imagined. Thank you Melissa. Your stuff is truly amazing and I can see the effort and love that went into making it. Keep on doing what you are doing. You make a lot of people very happy!
What an absolute pleasure to have dealt with Melissa. She went above and beyond the extra mile with my keepsake. I will not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who would like to have a keepsake made. Melissa has been extremely helpful with my order, and my keepsake arrived sooner than expected. Awesome service!