Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Trendy Tuesday – Baby Tooth Jewelry

Last year, breast milk jewelry was all the rage, and now, the latest mom trend in precious memory preserving is baby tooth jewellery.

That’s right! Baby tooth jewelry. Don’t worry, it doesn't have to be the actual tooth (though, that is also a possibility). You can now have sterling silver moulds of your children’s baby teeth made into necklace pendants or rings.

Artist Jackie Kaufman, creates these unconventional keepsakes and sells them on her online Etsy shop, Rock My World Inc. She calls them the modern day version of bronzed baby shoes or plastered hand print impressions.

Kaufman was even recently commissioned by the wardrobe department of HBO’s hit series Girls to make two baby teeth pendants - one of which turned up in an episode just last week!  Lena Dunham’s character Hannah received it as a birthday gift from her boyfriend Adam. In the episode he says it was cast from his own tooth.

Lena Dunham wearing a baby tooth pendant on HBO's Girls

“Moms are always on the look-out for unique and personal mementos to remember the key milestones in their child’s life,” Linda Murray from the BabyCenter.com told ABC News. “Losing a tooth is a pivotal moment in a child’s development and symbolic of crossing the threshold from baby to big kid. It’s not too surprising that parents want to preserve the teeth in some form.”

This statement is very true. Loosing baby teeth is a pivotal moment in childhood and as moms, we are always looking for the best ways to preserve those special memories, and this is definitely a unique way of doing so, but it’s not necessarily for everyone. Kaufman has said it herself “you have to hold a special place in your heart for the teeth, and not everyone will feel this way. You are either repulsed by it or love it.”

Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to have the teeth  preserved in silver for a keepsake, but I don’t think I would wear it around my neck. It’s simply not the fashion accessory statement I'm looking to make.

What do you think? Would you try this hot new mom trend?

Photos: Rock My World Inc. & HBO