Some of the Weirdest Materials Ever Used in Jewelry Making

sea glass earringWhen you think of jewelry, you probably think of things like diamonds, pearls, gold, and silver. While those may be some of the most common materials used to make jewelry, they’re not the only ones. In fact, some of the earliest jewelry was made from bones.

Believe it or not, even today there’s still a vast market for unique jewelry items, and you’d be surprised at the bizarre materials sometimes used in jewelry making. Here’s a short list of just a few of these unique materials.

Human Teeth
Some parents like to keep their children’s baby teeth in a jar or a little drawstring bag, but others take it to a whole new level. That’s right, people do, in fact, make jewelry out of human teeth. And it’s stylish, too, depending on just how fashion forward you want to be. We’ve completely normalized wearing shark tooth necklaces, so it makes sense that some people would attempt to normalize wearing human tooth jewelry in the same way. Just another reason to keep those pearly whites looking pearly.

Breast Milk
Many mothers have said that the time they spent breastfeeding their child was an extremely intimate and emotional time. Some feel such an emotional connection to that time that they elect to have their breast milk turned into jewelry. This is a fairly new phenomenon, but it’s turned mother’s milk into beautiful rings, pendants, and even earrings.

Cremated Ashes
While this is certainly not a new tradition, it’s definitely undergoing a major resurgence. when jewelry like this is made, the ashes are usually kept loose and placed into a pendant or small glass vessel that is then worn as a pin, bracelet, or necklace. For many people, this is a way to keep their loved ones close after they’ve passed away.

Sea Glass
Most sea glass used in jewelry making today dates back to the 19th and 20th centuries. However, sea glass jewelry wasn’t popular until very recently. Now, sea glass earrings, sea glass bracelets, and even sea glass wedding jewelry has become wildly popular. The interesting thing about sea glass is that it’s a combination of man- and nature-made.

Whether you’re interested in sea glass earrings or pendants, Lita Sea Glass Jewelry has a huge selection of pieces to choose from! Click over to our online store to see more.

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