What are the Oddest Jewelry Materials?

The beauty of jewelry is frequently in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, it can be the materials that go into the creation of the pieces that add or detract from a broader appeal. That said, it might also be the intended use of the piece that can make a jewel attractive or a bit odd.

Beetle Wings

For example, some jewelry designers have begun using the wings of beetles as part of their earrings. Combined with wooden beads, semi-precious stones and metal connectors, these types of jewels capitalize on the stunningly beautiful natural organic material while also incorporating traditional jewelry-making pieces.


Do you remember the titanium craze of the ‘90s? Jewelry made from this material and treated to bring out rainbow colors was all the rage. In its natural state, titanium is actually more silver than anything else. Since the makeup of this exceedingly hard metal precludes successful engravings, it has slowly fallen out of favor.


Yes, you read this correctly. A few years ago, artisans challenged the status quo by making jewelry out of moose droppings. These were dried, slightly polished and coated with a glossy finish. They are said to not have any smell. Other looks include droppings with semi-precious stones placed inside the, well, still soft material before drying and coating.


Other jewelry makers are looking to the skeleton for inspiration
Snake vertebrae, small animal skulls and human teeth have all been turned into jewels. Fangs, claws and similar materials also factor into this group. Although bones have been used in jewelry making since ancient times, it can be a bit disconcerting to find genuine human teeth added to the modern mix.


Clipping the locks of a loved one as a memento was a common practice during Victorian times and earlier. Jewelry made from hair would become an heirloom that kept the memory of a loved one alive in the family. Hair jewelry could be made of braided strands that acted as links between gems. Yet in most cases, it would be collected and displayed inside a jewel.
In fact, Peter Suchy Jewelers have a few of these types of jewels in our inventory. One of the most beautiful is an 1860s onyx pearl pin
This pin doubles as a locket frame, which allowed the original owner to insert a lock of hair. The piece features 14k yellow gold, 21 pearls measuring 2mm each and an onyx. To continue the deep color, artisans applied black enameling to the piece.
At Peter Suchy Jewelers we are experts in all types of vintage, estate and antique jewelry. We hope you’ll stop by our showroom located at 1137 High Ridge Road in Stamford Connecticut.
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