Etsy is OK with Selling Human Teeth and Hair

Etsy is a great place to get handmade art, crafts, and other knickknacks. You can find a variety of items ranging from Kindle cases to furniture. What you might not expect to find in the crafter’s market are teeth and hair. Etsy has revised its rules on what you can (and can’t) sell in its marketplace, and some of the changes really make you think.

It’s quite all right to sell a lock of your hair or some of your baby teeth, but not so much a human skull, bone, fingernails, fluids, or any other body part. This makes perfect sense, as the line between art and the dubious black market of body part selling is a very thin one and Etsy likely doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.

So what makes teeth and hair so different from other body parts? Teeth are bones, right?

Hair

My parents have something hanging in their living room that has been passed down for a dozen generations (at least). It’s called a hair wreath, and it’s made entirely out of hair from every member of our family dating back as far as anyone can name. It’s called a lost art, and it’s something you don’t see every day. For all intents and purposes, it’s considered to be art and quite acceptable by the artistic community as a safe and clever use of a human byproduct (hair).

It’s for this reason, likely, that Etsy has allowed for the use of human hair in products sold. Not to mention wigs, which are commonly made with real human hair.

A quick search on Etsy reveals a ton of human hair extensions and wigs, but also some crafts that date back to the Victorian era. A mourning bracelet made of human hair adds an interesting touch to an overall classic look. Love the look of woven human hair, but would prefer something set in silver? Etsy has you covered there, as well.

Teeth

When it comes to teeth, the story is a bit different. What creative item can you make with teeth? Well, a quick Google search revealed a number of companies that deal almost exclusively with jewelry made out of human teeth and hair. Often considered keepsakes, these items might leave some would-be shoppers a bit queasy, but it’s a perfectly legitimate type of artwork.

In fact, a quick search on Etsy revealed a number of products made with real human teeth. A human tooth ring that goes for $12 might be the perfect addition to your jewelry box for those nights out on the town. If a ring isn’t what you’re looking for, you can find human teeth earrings plated in silver for just $60. That’s not bad for a pair of teeth someone had to grow themselves.

What may be a bit unnerving to many of us is perfectly acceptable to the rest. Human hair and teeth have been used in crafts for longer than the human written history.

So perhaps Etsy is on to something by allowing the sale of these human parts. After all, why shouldn’t you make back some of the money you lost to the Tooth Fairy over the years?

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