From fashionistas to beach bums, shark tooth jewelry is more than just a trend, and in fact shark teeth have powerful meaning and history behind them. The style of how shark tooth jewelry is worn has transformed over the years, as well as the meaning for the individuals that wear them. Starting in the 70's with a laid back look, shark tooth jewelry was mostly worn by surfers, and it especially gained popularity after the well-known film, Jaws, came out in theaters. Over time the look transformed to the more sophisticated style that we now see today, with the teeth being embellished by various metals, gemstones, beads and shells.
You probably already know that shark bodies don't fossilize, and that just their teeth do. In fact, it takes a tooth 10,000+ years to become a fossil, and the shark teeth we at Elizabeth Sarah Collections use are all between 20 and 60 million years old. (Clearly, no sharks were harmed in the making of the teeth.) Fossilized shark teeth also get their distinct coloration based on the color and texture of the sand around them, as they fossilize over the years and tumble through vast oceans across the world.
Before shark tooth jewelry became a fashion statement, Hawaiians wore shark teeth to protect themselves from sharks. They also worship and have a great respect for sharks, and believe that some sharks embody ancestors and gods, known as ‘aumakua’.
Like ancient Hawaiians, many surfers wear shark tooth necklaces for superstitious reasons as well. Wearing a shark tooth is said to prevent sharks from attacking you and protect you while you’re at sea. Sailors often wear them for good luck and protection from drowning. In the Middle Ages, people wore a shark tooth to protect them from poison in foods and beverages. Shark teeth have also long been a symbol of strength and manhood.
Fossilized shark teeth also have healing properties much like those of crystals. Fossils are known to assist you in moving from the old to the new, and to be receptive to fresh, innovative forces that are available to you. They can assist you in your journey through personal growth and the process of change. In addition, they can help you instill quality and excellence in your environment.
At Elizabeth Sarah Collections, our shark tooth necklaces are our best selling pieces, and they continue to be purchased frequently by women around the world. The majority of shark teeth we use are locally found here on the beaches of North Florida, which makes them special not only to the designer, but also to the customer. Knowing that they are real shark teeth and the design process is natural (not fabricated by the hundreds by a manufacturer) makes our shark tooth jewelry stand out from many other designers'. Not only do we spend time every week looking for sharks teeth on the beach, it's like our own personal treasure hunt that we enjoy doing, and finding that perfect tooth while envisioning the final product is our specialty. Each shark tooth we use is truly one a kind, and the process that goes in to harvesting and designing each shark tooth necklace is carefully considered. We also enjoy educating ourselves and customers about the history of fossilized sharks teeth, and the different species of shark teeth that we work with. With our respect and love for Mother Nature and quality of craftsmanship and design, we want every woman to feel as empowered as the ancient Hawaiians when wearing our signature shark tooth jewelry.