Both beautiful and carnal, teeth jewelry spans across multiple eras and cultures, from ancient tribes to Victorian royalty and even into modern day alt fashion. Whether you find the practice grotesque or elegant, people have been wearing human and animal teeth for centuries. The original reason for creating these types of accessories is unknown, but this morbid fascination with wearing trophies of kills or preserving relics of loved ones has carried on through history and into today.
The first example depicted above is a Polynesian necklace made entirely of human incisors and canines, estimated to have been extracted from about 60 to 100 individuals. The next three pieces date back to the Victorian era. We have Queen Victoria and her impeccable taste for macabre fashion to thank for most of the unconventional style trends of the 19th century, including jewelry adorned with human hair and animal parts, as well as mourning rings embedded with children’s milk teeth (2) and trophy earrings ornamented with teeth from hunted stags (3, 4). Today, there are many alternative jewelers crafting fashionable wears from human molars, often inspired by eras past. These pieces by Loved to Death (5, 6) are just a few examples of the many modern artists currently creating Victorian-inspired jewelry with real human teeth.