The Lore and Lure of the Shark Tooth Necklace

Shark ToothThe shark tooth necklace has long been espoused as a symbol of male strength, potency and a proud display of masculinity. Such necklaces first came to prominence during the 1970′s, a time often remembered for brave and often unsuccessful fashion choices. I’m thinking someone along the lines of Tom Selleck would have been a wearer of the shark tooth necklace back in the day, in all his hairy-chested, full mustache glory. Aside from the appeal that shark tooth necklaces have always held in surfer culture, the shark tooth necklace is currently enjoying a resurgence amongst men. Often such situations can be viewed as being a case of for better or for worse, but in this case the rise in popularity of the shark tooth necklace is most definitely for the worst.

Apparently these necklaces hold a special allure for some men, thinking that they hold an irresistible attraction for women near and far. While it may come as surprising news to those who regularly wear these necklaces, they more often than not have a tendency to repel rather than attract potential partners.

Perhaps these men think shark tooth necklaces offer a natural charm, with a ‘man of the wild’, ‘conqueror of the ocean’ appeal, but they most certainly do not. Rather than these necklaces demonstrating the masculine strength of the wearer, they are often interpreted as being worn to make up for a shortfall of masculinity in some other area.

When worn out in public in an effort to maximise your romantic potential, you may notice the crowd part before you. This is not to be interpreted as people moving out of your way in awe of your power and beauty. Rather than people responding to your magnetism, they are in reality just trying to avoid you and your questionable taste in jewellery.

You may have heard tales or witnessed those wearing shark tooth necklaces having great success with attracting attention from many potential partners. Please don’t interpret this as meaning that it is the shark tooth necklace doing the attracting, there may be other factors in play. The wearer in these cases may win over partners despite the repellent qualities of the necklace itself. Check whether the subject in question is attractive, well dressed, personable, charming and confident. If so, you can almost guarantee that their potential romantic engagements are looking beyond the negative effects of the shark tooth necklace. Just imagine what success this person would enjoy in their romantic endeavours if they decided to hang up the necklace for good.

Even if a person was responsible for chasing a shark down and removing one of its teeth, there is no benefit to be gained from turning this tooth into a necklace pendant. What will garner you much more romantic attention is to show oceanic animals the respect they deserve and not take dentistry into your own hands.

As sad as it may be for some to admit, there is only one place where a shark tooth belongs, and that is in the ocean, in the mouth of a shark.

15 thoughts on “The Lore and Lure of the Shark Tooth Necklace

  1. Funny thing is, anytime I’ve seen someone wearing one, I’ve always thought to myself, “you didn’t fight to get that; you just bought it somewhere”.

    But yes, very sad, same goes for Elephant Tusks; among many other items we could name…

  2. Hi Jan – Merry Christmas! I have no idea who started this idea that it was OK to display pieces of animals around our necks. Thankfully many men have much better taste.

  3. Hi Ivan – Merry Christmas! So true…I don’t think men who wear shark tooth necklaces / tiger teeth etc…have any idea that they are being judged in the negative. I honestly hope that we can all evolve to wear higher forms of jewellery.

  4. I like getting the quiz question right everytime, sshhh very quiet paws tiptoeing, jewellery and its work as a cultural signifier greatly interests me. Sharks grow new teeth but yes, very few of them are lost accidentally into the hands of soft pink vulnerable human males. Occassionally the soft landlocked ones cooperate and cheat to capture the top predator of the other domain and choose to celebrate their achievement by adorning themselves. When stupid weak pink ones then steal that symbol to say something merely symbolic about their status, appropriate the symbols of actual masculinity (which has its place in the world) to hide their smallness, then yes, that is a reason is to look down apon them as if they were bottomfeeding skates,

  5. It’s really sad that there does seem to be a resurgence in jewellery made from animal parts, real fur also seems to be making a comeback. You’re very right, the only palce the sharks teeth belong is in the shark’s mouth

  6. Hi Me – I think that humans often forget to respect the domains of other animals in the world, and most definitely the ocean is one of those areas where we wish to extend total domination. I continue to hope that the expansive waters of the world we always retain at least some small measure of mystery and danger…after all there should always be places where we don’t venture…and things that we should never wear.

  7. Hi Crafty Green Poet – With so many other forms of beauty in the world for humans to adorn themselves with, I’m not sure why we still feel the need to make use of animal sources. As you point out the ‘return to fur’ is a further disturbing development…and it just seems to be a completely unnecessary one.

  8. I couldn’t decide which post to comment on…so many. I’m having fun roaming around this blog discovering your wise words and gentle humour. I picked this one because I like animals but your Public Interest Courtesy posts are wonderful also. Just had to say hello, and I will be coming back for sure.
    Cheers.

  9. Hi The Elementary – So glad you had fun digging through the site…it’s always lovely to meet a new reader. I hope to see you around the site again in the not too distant future…hopefully it will be updated a little more regularly once again. I’ll be sure to come and visit you at your site real soon!!

  10. People don’t hunt sharks to get shark teeth. Mostly, the teeth wash up on shore. If a shark is killed for its teeth, the entire jaw set is sold and/or displayed. An entire jaw is so much more valuable than all of the individual teeth would be put together, so no one would yank the teeth out of the jaw with pliers just to sell jewelry to surfers.

    Yes, sharks lose a ton of teeth in their lifetimes. And since most of the shark’s skeleton is cartilage, none of it remains to wash up on shore when a shark dies. The only things calcified enough to remain as fossils are the teeth and vertebrae. Many of the shark teeth out there today are fossils, from sharks who have been dead for years, if not centuries. Since most sharks live near shores instead of out in the open water, the fossils eventually make their way to shore for the “soft pink ones” to collect.

    This post is kind of old, so I’m sure no one will read it. But I stumbled across it, and just had to comment.

  11. While I appreciate your sentiment, you are aware, I hope that this statement “there is only one place where a shark tooth belongs, and that is in the ocean, in the mouth of a shark”, is misleading. Sharks shed their teeth constantly, and the teeth are picked up off the beach no differently than spent shells. I find them regularly on the Gulf Coast — and you can rest assured that I take them from the sand, not the shark.

  12. Hi Logic Girl – I know that people don’t hunt sharks to get shark teeth, this post was simply inspired by a friend’s story about their inability to ‘win over the ladies’ in Greece, even while wearing the famed ‘shark tooth necklace’. It is written very much from a tongue in cheek point of view. If you were a long term reader of my blog, hopefully you’d be familiar with my series of ‘Public Courtesy Rules’, which are very similar in tone to this post, and also not intended to be taken seriously.

  13. Hi Hexele – As mentioned in my previous response, this post is NOT serious.

    I am aware that sharks shed their teeth constantly and I’m aware that they wash up on the beach for people to gather.

    The point of this post was to poke fun at the ‘mystique’ of the shark tooth necklace – nothing more, nothing less.

  14. Your post on the shark tooth necklace is funny, but perhaps there’s another reason not to wear teeth. Scuba diving off the coast of Venice, Florida we have found many shark teeth. As you know, this is how the teeth are found. They can also be found in archeological digs in Nebraska and Chile. They are prehistoric fossils. No problem. However, what bugs me is that the people who glom onto the mystique of sharks probably no nothing about them. The living shark population is being harvested for their fins to make soup in China. By far this is more pointless than a necklace. It’s status. And it’s another blow against the ecosystem of the oceans. Instead of glomming the mystique of sharks through jewelry one might consider doing something to preserve the species. Which is more valuable?
    Just a thought.

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