Teeth are used for many things, but jewelry? We didn’t think it could be possible, but a Dutch design student is proving us wrong in a big way.
Instead of using to ivory, this graduate design student is creating jewelry using teeth. And not just any teeth. Her own teeth!
Raising Awareness About an Important Cause
While some are gasping in horror, the reason behind her specialized jewelry is justified. Lucie Majerus said she started to use her teeth for jewelry in an effort to stand against elephant poaching.
“Why do we almost extinguish elephants for the sake of their precious teeth? Why don’t we value other teeth as well? When I lost my own wisdom teeth, I kept them and came up with the idea of human ivory,” she told The Independent.
Adorn Yourself With Yourself
Majerus uses adult teeth – the hardest part of the human body, but softer than stone – to make pearl and gem shapes. She cleans, bleaches and fills any holes in the teeth.
Her collection, called Human Ivory Jewelry Collection, includes earings, cuff links, brooches and rings.
She has been commissioned to make a number of items so far, including cufflinks for her dentist made with teeth pearls from anonymous people.
Majerus draws the line at turning the teeth of dead loved ones into jewelry.
“Personally I wouldn’t appreciate having my grandparents’ teeth extracted after their death and turned into jewelry.
So we ask you, would you wear jewelry from human teeth?
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