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Human Teeth Jewelry

September 5th, 2010 by Rose DesRochers · 10 Comments

More and more fashion designers are creating eco-friendly jewelry.
Diamonds are a girls best friend, but for Polly van der Glas teeth is.

This might be the strangest collection of Jewelry I’ve seen.

Australian jewellery designer Polly van der Glas has released a collection of jewelry made from human teeth. Yes, you did read that right.

human ring

I asked Polly a couple of questions pertaining to her crafts via email.

Rose: How did you start making human teeth and hair jewelry? Where did the idea come from?

Polly: “The idea for the concept began in fashion school when I became fed up of the extraordinary manipulations we put our bodies through to conform to shifting physical ideals. I became interested in critiquing our obsession with the beautiful body. With these works, I wanted to take parts of the body that we admire, cultivate, brush, colour and fuss about, and use them in a way that makes us question this facade. A wonderful writer, De Clarke, once wrote that “beauty is nine tenths grooming and class. It is not the face or the body, but the technology, the cosmetics, the costume”. When teeth and hair and fingernails become dis-attached they are considered repulsive. But when attached, they are key to our ideas of beauty. I want to explore how this meaning transforms.”

Sterling silver human tooth necklace

Check out Polly’s website ‘VAN DER GLAS‘ to see the rest of her teeth.

Teeth are particularly difficult to come by, so Polly van der Glas accepts donations of teeth. So if anyone out there has a collection of teeth they’ve been wanting to get rid of, please send them right over to Polly Van der Glas.

What do you think of the teeth jewelry?

The other day my son was at work. He works in hospitality. One of his customers had 4 human teeth in his wallet. My son was curious why the guy was carrying around human teeth, so I dedicate this post to my son.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • Brownpaperbaggirl
    Wrote: Sep 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    The idea behind teeth jewelery certainly has merit. Although, personally, I wouldn’t wear such. Displayed teeth sort of gives me the shivers!

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    You and me both.

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  • Steve Youngs
    Wrote: Sep 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Probably better than shark (or other animal) tooth jewelery, at least the original owner of the teeth doesn’t need to be killed before the jewelery is made… or do they? 🙂

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Nope they don’t. So next time you go to the dentist ask your dentist for some pulled teeth. You could start making a living designing jewelry.

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  • Carl
    Wrote: Sep 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Retro-Caveman

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think I would go near a woman wearing her teeth around her neck.

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Would you go near a woman who was wearing Somebody Else’s teeth around her neck?

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  • Steve Youngs
    Wrote: Sep 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    @Rose DesRochers:

    haha, might take a while before the money starts to roll in, I haven’t been to a dentist since I was in school (and I have no intention of doing so in the foreseeable future)

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    I guess you’re out of luck then. Run over any animals lately?

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  • Colleen
    Wrote: Sep 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Seems a bit weird to me. What’s next, fingernail clippings jewelry? Yikes!

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    You had to ask.

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