Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers.
Here’s Claire with the history behind her unusual reliquaries.
I graduated with a BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from the Pratt Institute in the spring of 2008. The baby teeth reliquaries were a piece of my senior jewelry thesis, of which the overall subject was mortality; not so much the aspect of death, but the things that happen to us in our lives and the things we do that express our own humanity and make us beautifully imperfect vessels. These imperfections may be things that happen to us when we age, the result of bad choices we make, or genetic gifts.
I held on to my own baby teeth because, at the time, it seemed strange to so easily dispose of something with which I had come so far. I viewed them as tiny shells; fossils of my childhood that told a piece of my story, for they had witnessed it all. They passed my words, shared my kisses, and were fascinating objects to be be studied in their own right.
For something like a decade, my teeth had lived in a tiny brass and enamel box my mother brought back from a trip for me. I would visit them from time to time, recalling the swift loss of some and the labored extractions of others. They all had a tale to tell, and a memory of our parting.
So I made them tiny thrones. It seemed only right.
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