Take a stroll with me down memory lane. Do you remember the Tooth Saver necklaces? You’d lose a tooth in elementary school, right in the middle of counting colorful bear figurines or trying to learn cursive. You’d be sent straight away to the nurse and she’d reward you with that plastic tooth locket. Your little baby tooth was kept safely around your neck until you could proudly show your parents at home.
A wisdom tooth extraction isn’t quite as magical as losing a baby tooth – and it’s 10 times more painful. Still, you can relive that Tooth Saver necklace. You can wear jewelry made from your own pulled wisdom tooth. Yes, your own extracted wisdom teeth can be turned into rings, earrings, or even necklaces!
If you didn’t know, there’s quite a popular niche in the dark corners of Etsy that involve macabre crafts. Sellers will accept your own teeth and craft it into a very unique piece of jewelry for you. If you’d prefer a stranger’s tooth in a ring or a necklace, you can purchase that as well. You can even just buy a pack of extracted human teeth. No, really. Some offer customization options too; you can choose your level of decay, tooth type (canine, molar, etc.), and color.
In 2015, one man decided a diamond ring just wouldn’t cut it for his bride-to-be. On Halloween, Lucas Mancoon-Unger proposed to Carlee Leifkes with a ring gilded with his extracted wisdom tooth. The tooth had been pulled years earlier and, luckily, Mancoon-Unger decided to keep it. Leifkes was thrilled. “Nobody will have this ring because it’s a piece of him,” Leifkes said ABC News. It is noted that the extracted tooth was cleaned and the root was removed before being set in the ring. George Boshaura, a ring designer in Los Angeles, was the mastermind behind the piece. “Designing it was very exciting,” he said. That’s one word for it!
If you’re thinking your teeth should be immortalized in a ring, go ahead! Do keep in mind though; it isn’t the same as a diamond ring. In a post on the topic, The Jeweler Blog expresses a concern that the ring won’t stand the test of time. “From a jeweler’s perspective, however, the concept of a wisdom tooth center stone is fraught with potential problems,” writes the author.“Certainly tooth enamel is a durable substance, but it has a Mohs hardness rating of only 5 — on par with turquoise or opal, two of the softer precious gemstones… a tooth center stone is relatively soft, brittle and — when worn everyday as an engagement ring — will probably not last very long.”
If you want to wear your extracted third molars as jewelry though, don’t be deterred. If you want your wisdom tooth to last an eternity, the best route would be best to dip the body part in gold or silver. This is common practice with shark tooth necklaces. Craft stores do sell gold plating kits if you are particularly crafty. If you would rather a more experienced artist handle it, again, turn to Etsy.
What do you think of wisdom teeth jewelry? Would you like to do it with your extracted teeth? Let us know in the comments!