Mommyish Death Match: Is This Baby Teeth Necklace Creepy Or Cool?

I love jewelry. I love my kids. You’d think the mash-up of these two things would be a wild success, right? I’m on the fence.

I saw this on Etsy today.

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Etsy

Yup – that’s your kid’s teeth. Made into a very hip brass bracelet.

  • Handmade item

  • Materials: Brass, Sterling Silver, Gold, Tooth

  • Made to order

  • Ships worldwide from Brooklyn, New York

I love brass jewelry. It’s not silver, it’s not gold, it’s a happy little medium. It looks vintage and cool. But something about mailing my kid’s tooth to a stranger to cast in brass seems odd. No? Maybe not.

Actually, the only reason I’m really on the fence is because it reminds me of one of those shark teeth bracelets you see in a gift shop at Sea World – but obviously cooler. I’ve never even thought of wearing a human tooth on my person, but I’m sure there are people who shove locks of their kids hair into a locket or something, right?

I once saw an episode of Project Runway where one of the finalists was accentuating all of his clothing with actual human hair. I was immediately grossed out by that. I did not have the same immediate reaction to this, so maybe the idea would grow on me? Well, I know exactly zero people who would buy this for me anyway, so I guess it doesn’t matter. So… my final verdict is… Creepy.

What says you – baby teeth as jewelry, creepy or not?

Would you wear your kid's baby teeth as jewelry?

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    • CMJ

      Of course it ships from Brooklyn. OF COURSE.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        OF COURSE

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        I totally meant to say that in the story. Oh Brooklyn. I loved you so. Sigh.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      this is creepy as fuck and I LOVE creepy stuff, do I win?

    • Aimee Beff

      Sorry, but if I saw someone wearing this on the street, my first thought would not be “mother” but “serial killer”.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        as someone who is both you have offended me :(

      • Aimee Beff

        It puts the lotion on its skin or Mommy goes shopping on Etsy again.

      • Natasha B

        Exactly.

    • A concerned reader

      I mean this in the nicest possible way, Maria, but if you’re considering buying this you’ve been in Florida too long; the crazy in the water is clearly affecting your judgement.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        hahahah user name!!!!

      • Bethany Ramos

        CONCERN, and so much of it!

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        Ahahahahahahahahahahah. Jesus. You are so right.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I hate it so much. Like, nightmare city. I can’t even look at the pic again. It makes me think of clowns, and tiny midget dolls, and murderers.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
      • Bethany Ramos

        STOOOOOOP

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
      • Bethany Ramos

        YOU ARE THE WORST.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        This one’s even worse.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ilikeswears Dusty

        Is this supposed to be the Mommyish equivalent of a unicorn chaser because seriously JUST GIVE US A DAMN UNICORN so we can try and resume a normal life.

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        I’ll never sleep again.

      • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

        These are the 100% not fake, actual marionettes at my kid’s pediatrician office. They sing “Great Balls of Fire” and give me night terrors
        EDIT: Pediatric opthalmalogist

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        listen, you need to videotape this for us, like right now

      • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

        The day I took this picture I was trying to tape it and HE WALKED IN. He looked so hurt and I felt really bad because he’s like 4 million years old.

      • chickadee

        Well, this is just 8 billion kinds of no.

      • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

        Just 8 billion? If you saw that clown in the back twist its head around exorcist style you’d up that number, I promise.

      • chickadee

        Jesus. I did NOT need to know that. The only way this could be worse would be if it were in a dentist’s office. Or my house.

      • Natasha B

        No. Nonononononononononono

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        nooooooooooo

      • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

        No. Downvote to infinity.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        I am gonna gif your next articles with this

      • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

        You monster.

      • Alexandra

        Eeeeeeeeeeeeeve!!! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?????

      • CMJ
      • Bethany Ramos

        WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

      • CMJ

        I’m sorry. I usually use my gifs for good and not evil. Throw something good out there and I will try to erase Pennywise from your brain.

      • Bethany Ramos
    • AmazingE

      I wonder if they’d make one from adult teeth, cos I would rock the hell out of a bracelet like that. The baby teeth kinda freak me out.

    • jane

      Nope. Nopeity, nopeity, no.

    • Kay_Sue

      Well. This tops the list of creepiest thing I have seen online today, and believe it or not, that’s something of a feat.

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        Well, at least I’ve accomplished SOMETHING today.

    • chickadee

      Maybe it’s just me, but I remember the smell of decay in baby teeth once they sit around for a while. Who makes his or her living by making jewelry out of smelly biological garbage?

      Well, obviously this person. But I have a severe dental phobia, and now I need to find my dentist-appointment Valium stash. Thanks a lot, Eve.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        how can you blame ME for this?!

      • Mystik Spiral

        I think she meant to say “Thanks, Obama”.

      • chickadee

        Because, as Mystik Spiral points out, you are the Obama of this-here site.

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        No doubt. When my daughter lost her first tooth (I hate missing teeth, they gross me out for some reason) she wanted to ask the tooth fairy if she could keep the little bastard. I was like, Hell to the no! And suddenly I realized why the tooth fairy exists. Because sentimental kids like my daughter would keep them in a creepy ass box somewhere as if they need more junk in their room!

    • Alex Lee

      The only thing better is getting some other kids’ teeth in return.

      I mean, who’s gonna know?

    • esuzanne

      I just can’t get into wearing parts of another human’s anatomy as an accessory. It’s a little too Ed Gein for me.

      • G.E. Phillips

        Yeah, I read American Psycho and I immediately associated this idea with Patrick Bateman. People, don’t ever read that book unless you like being an grown ass woman who has to sleep with the lights on.

      • Natasha B

        I just recently stopped sleeping with the sink light on. And now you reminded me of the book. Thanks.

      • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

        When I read “It” I couldn’t even keep the book on my nightstand while I slept.

      • Alexandra

        OMG that was me with Cujo when I was about 13….I had to throw the book away – OUTSIDE of my house, of course~!

      • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

        I think I was about that age too. I wonder if it would freak me out as bad now? To the library!

      • libraryofbird

        I couldn’t keep cujo on the bookshelf after I read the back cover. It’s still a HELL NO for me.

      • G.E. Phillips

        “IT” is pretty scary. “Needful Things” also kind of freaked me out. But the scariest thing I ever read was a Stephen King short story called “The Jaunt.” I can’t even explain why, but it scared me so badly that I literally read it 11 times in a row to try to de-sensitize myself to it.

      • LiteBrite

        I remember “The Jaunt.” Yeah, that’s a creepy one too.

        Actually, most of King’s stories are creepy as hell. Living in Maine must do things to you.

    • Jessica

      See, I feel like this would hurt me in the media someday. Say for instance, I fall asleep and/or refuse to leave one of those perfectly made beds inside of Khols. You can bet the reporter would quote witnesses who would remark on my jelly stained clothing and bracelet made of human teeth. I will loose any sympathy so it’s too much of a liability.

    • pixie

      As much as I love creepy things, I’m not really too into this. Maybe if it was fake teeth and not real teeth I’d think it was macabre-chic, but having real teeth is a bit of a stretch for me.

    • Mystik Spiral

      Since nobody else has broken it out yet, this whole post – the serial killer necklaces, the scary clowns, and the creepy dolls – gets a big

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    • http://www.twitter.com/ilikeswears Dusty

      I went with no, not because it’s gross, but because it’s totally crazy.

    • Looby

      I turned my extracted wisdom teeth into earrings – I was going through my creepy goth phase.
      The baby teeth thing is even creepier – it looks like you’re carrying round a trophy of all the “guests” you’ve had in that secret concrete bunke
      r under the house

    • LiteBrite

      Did anyone else instantly think of Regretsy when they saw this necklace?

    • libraryofbird

      Wasn’t there a creepy ass movie about teeth & the tooth fairy?

    • SusannahJoy

      Super creepy. I kinda love it.

    • aliceblue

      Clicked on the “hip brass…” link and, in the first paragraph, the “artist” assures the reader “It’s art. It’s not creepy at all.” Sorry, but if you need to make those statements 1. no, it’s not, and 2. YES, it is!

    • Bebe

      The Victorians wore jewelry made from the hair of loved ones, and it was fairly common for mothers to have rings or bracelets made from actual milk teeth. I can see if it’s not your thing, but it’s not “gross” any more than any other cultural thing that you don’t understand is “gross.” I have a necklace that features a hundred year old tooth from a child I don’t even know. I love the idea that the person at one time or another meant so much to someone else that they’d want to preserve that part of them, and I’m happy to see such types of sentimental jewelry making a comeback. Different strokes.

      • Stella

        I totally agree with you. I can’t believe people are freaked out over this. I thought this was a “hipster” site.

    • Lackadaisical

      I find this creepy but possibly for different reasons. Carrying another persons body part around as jewellery may be a bit creepy but as each tooth is encased in bronze it doesn’t feel as ick as it could. My problem is that it is immortalising a kids babyhood and displaying it for everyone to see. To me it kind of screams “I wish you were still a baby. Who you were when these teeth were in your mouth is the child I love and I refuse to let go of that and love and respect the person you have become. I am going to emotionally keep you as my little child forever with embarrassing baby photos and other baby baggage any time you feel grown up”.

    • Oywiththepoodlesalready

      When I moved out of home my mom gave me a bunch of stuff that she had saved from when I was little. In that stash was a baggie of all my teeth! I freaked the hell out!!! I threw them away immediately. Ugh gross. My mom couldn’t understand. I will never keep my kids teeth. ever. That jewellery gave me the shutters.

    • Kaili

      I wonder if I can find the clock my grandfather made using our baby teeth to stand as numerals. I was always repulsed by it and would freak out every time I had to look at it.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      LOL my mother got my first baby tooth gold plated and out onto a charm bracelet! Same with my little brothers! (Only the first one though, she’s not QUITE at the Hannibal Lecter stage)

    • Jen

      Jesus, it looks like a war trophy.

    • Gina Johnson