She has been making jewelry using elements of the deceased — hair, teeth, bones and ashes — to create rings, necklaces, brooches, and earrings.
Losing a close person, especially a family member is always a difficult period in anyone's life. Some prefer holding onto personal things that they think will remind them of their lost family members. Be it a personal note, a piece of cloth, even photographs -- but here's a woman who is creating pieces of jewelry from departed loved one’s teeth, and we are speechless. As reported by the News.com.au.
Jacqui has been making jewelry using elements of the deceased — hair, teeth, bones and ashes — to create rings, necklaces, brooches, and earrings. According to the publication, her orders usually take about two to four weeks to create and is sold anywhere from $250 to over $1000, depending on the design.
Although the jewelry may not be what everyone usually buys at a store, her designs are considered very unique and are actually loved by many. And that's not all. She has often been dubbed as a “grave robber” and “Ted Bundy’s jeweler”.
We can't make this up now, can we? The 27-year-old has been creating jewelry for years and people actually contact her to get the jewelry done from their loved one's body parts.
Jacqui runs her business called Grave Metallum Jewellery out of a private studio in Melbourne. Every jewelry item that she creates has got a story behind it and it means a lot to people who want her to make it.
“Creating something elegant with the macabre was my new obsession,” she told news.com.au. “While dealing with the grief of my loss, my fascination with death and how we deal with death grew.” It all took shape when “a friend handed me three of her teeth and asked me to create a necklace,” Jacqui said. And that's when she realized that she could turn this taboo object into something beautiful.
She talks to her customers and gets an understanding of the design before she begins her work on the jewelry. “They will post me what they want in their piece, like a tooth, hair, fur or ashes, and we go from there,” Jacqui said.
And there's another woman named Sam Small who has also been doing similar work. According to the New Zealand Herald, Sam initially wanted a piece of jewelry made out of her own breast milk. She wanted to highlight how difficult breastfeeding was for a woman.
But later Sam realized if she can make jewelry out of breast milk, then she can also make jewelry with other DNA elements. And that's how her entire business plan started as many people started showing interest in getting it done. She now creates jewelry out of dead people's blood and teeth.
She has been selling her custom made pieces on Etsy. You can also check her out on Facebook name Iddy Biddy Buddah Designs. If you are wondering how she got that name -- it was her daughter who used to call her Buddah. Sam gets anywhere between 3 to 20 orders per week and uses a silversmith in America to make custom-designed settings. She can usually make jewelry in about five weeks.