Jewelry Made of Teeth and I Can’t Believe It!
Photo: Bone Jewelry on Etsy
The fashion industry seems to really be sinking its teeth into some outlandish jewelry. When I witnessed one headline discussing jewelry fashioned from human teeth, I was a bit disturbed but chalked it up to some individual’s penchant for the next thing that pushes the envelope. But when I saw another headline this week touting tooth jewelry, I knew that, as strange as it feels to write these words as a dentist, decorative teeth had reached a larger stage.
It’s likely that the desire for such jewelry will still be limited to those who aren’t necessarily in the offices of a company with a particularly stringent dress code. However, here in Santa Rosa, we do value individuality highly so one never knows which trends might catch on.
While using teeth as decoration might seem a little strange, such jewelry has entered the world stage due to a few celebrities. First, the singer Ke$ha designed a jewelry line that includes pieces with metal casts of human teeth. The not so appetizingly named Cannibal Collection features earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that all have the same very realistic looking golden teeth. While I understand the appeal to fashion trendsetters, it just doesn’t seem like it will be on the holiday list for any of the special women or more fashionably adventurous gentlemen in my life. However, as a dentist, I do have to commend Ms. Ke$ha for choosing metal replicas instead of real teeth, thus ensuring that there will be no pathogens or genetic material involved.
While the Australian singer is still selling her metallic teeth jewelry, another more famous music superstar has taken the stage with jewelry fit for a punk rock dentist. Lady Gaga is receiving praise from a jeweler for single-handedly saving the woman’s business by wearing one of her bracelets, which appear to feature teeth, at the YouTube Awards and on the cover of a new single. The business owner says she has seen a significant uptick in business with over $2,000 in orders for the bracelets, which retail for $180. The artist’s website features several more iterations of jewelry with teeth, some metal cast, some ceramic, and some that may be real.
One artist takes the cake in this extremely strange competition, though. Australian jewelry designer Polly Van Der Glas makes jewelry from real, unadorned human teeth set in sterling silver, even including molars that already contain silver amalgam fillings. The artist has also branched out to pieces that include human hair cast in metal. When I discovered this that was about the point at which I turned off my Internet for the day and went outside for a cup of tea… then a sip of water so I don’t let the acid rest on my teeth. I know, always a dentist.
There will always be a new, boundary-pushing jewelry invention. Teeth, hair, and I hopefully won’t see the day that includes any other body part. As for me, I suppose I’m just an old-fashioned dentist. I’ll work with you to keep your teeth in your mouth and out of your jewelry box for as long as possible.