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Jewelry for Dentists?

Sure, why not have custom jewelry created for dentists ? People who work in this profession are sometimes looked at with amused tolerance, if not downright fear and loathing. I think they deserve their own jewelry! Take the tooth fairy pendant for instance. She is a symbol for many people of growing up, losing teeth and finding that shiny quarter under the pillow. This is a symbol the dentist deserves. She’s sweet, cute and brings good things.

If you’ve been subjected to a root canal, a painful filling, or (heaven forbid) a tooth extraction, you know the impossibility of being looked upon with affection if you’ve made dentistry your profession. Think how it must feel for the dentist having patient after patient enter his or her office, a frown on each one’s face, dreading the moment when you ask them to “open wide.”

So why jewelry for dentists? Look, I think it’s a wonderful idea. I have nothing but respect for my dentist, and I think she should wear a lovely little symbol of joy.

And no, I’m not being facetious. If I spent my day with my gloved hands inside one person after another’s mouth, I’d feel like I deserved something special. And I’m not just talking about the dentist, mind you. I’ve had lots of lovely hygienists work on my mouth
as well. It’s dirty, hard and often thankless work. So when was the last time you actually thanked your hygienist or dentist for a job well done?

It doesn’t have to be expensive; I’ve seen pewter dental lapel pins that communicated with humor the appreciation felt for keeping a toothsome mouth. You don’t have to go out and buy your dentist a diamond ring!

You’re thinking “Is this guy serious? Buy my dentist a thank you gift?” Well, I am and I’m not. If you have an appointment near the holidays, why not present him or her with something fitting, something personal, something lovely? Yes, dental jewelry! Stranger things have happened, you know. But now that I know such a thing exists, and how fitting it is, I think I shall have to go out and purchase something for the entire staff at my dental clinic.

If not the tooth fairy, then maybe a smiling tooth pendant, or a dental name tag. There are more possibilities than you probably ever conceived of in this rather large niche of dental jewelry. Really!

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Pewter Jewelry Then and Now

Pewter has some fascinating characteristics that make it rather appealing in the world of jewelry making. If properly finished, it has a luster reminiscent of silver, but without as much possibility of tarnishing when exposed to the air. That is and of itself is a big deal in the world of jewelry.

It isn’t an expensive metal- which I believe makes it more likely to be used as whimsical jewelry designs in pewter that aren’t trying to impress anyone. If a jeweler is feeling especially creative, he or she can experiment with making something in pewter and get a feel for the public interest in the design. And let’s face it, we aren’t always looking to wear our drop dead impressive jewelry pieces when going out. Sometimes a more casual piece is just what the doctor ordered.

Today pewter can be cast without lead, making it safe to have around children and pets. With all the news today about toys and jewelry from China containing lead, this is an especially important factor. The fact that old pewter contained lead may have steered a lot of people away from it but that’s a thing of the past.

It’s thought that the early Egyptians had their uses for pewter, although there aren’t many samples of it around today. It’s possible that even then it wasn’t valued like gold or silver and most of the use was for everyday objects like eating utensils and plates. Since the melting point is low, it was easy to recast whenever necessary. think about that for a minute… bent your fork? just throw it in the pile honey and I’ll melt it down later! haha

Much pewter in the Middle Ages was utilized in this way. It’s easy to associate pewter mugs with beer and feasts around a large hand hewn wooden table. Who hasn’t fantasized about hoisting a huge pewter mug of ale like some “Game of Thrones” type character from back in the old days!

Pewter is very soft as it is primarily made from tin. Because of this, tools aren’t made from the metal. This might be another reason why there aren’t too many antique pewter objects, jewelry or otherwise, found in museums or private collections. I could be wrong, but the fact that it is rather soft might have limited its long term durability. The peices you do find from long ago are usually pitted and show their age very well. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on perspective.

Celtic jewelry is often cast in this metal, and it seems to go very well with the relatively rough look of pewter. I believe the Celtic knot type designs are lovely, but personally I prefer them in sterling silver. That’s not to deny that pewter, or “poor man’s silver” does have a certain appeal. Sometimes the beauty of the jewelry itself is in the old look that the metal’s softness will yield. This is an advantage that pewter has over silver.

There is some agreement that in the 11th century pewter became more popular than ever. Perhaps the ability to mix the alloys in a standard manner was discovered. Trial and error eventually triumphing over guess work with a formula that was fool proof? It’s hard to know for sure, but the fact that its popularity boomed during this period lends me to believe this could be the case.

Many people collect pewter jewelry, finding it more to their liking than silver or gold. I believe it will remain a popular metal for years to come, despite its association as a 2nd class citizen in the art of making jewelry. I think it’s great personally, so give it a shot yourself and see if it tickles your fancy too!

Artistic Name Badges – Practical Beauty

Name tags are akin to jewelry – brooches or pins-so why should they be boring?

Many people look for unusual sterling silver jewelry gifts to give their loved ones; an unusual name tag could be a whole new avenue of gifting!

Veterinary medicine is one profession that could benefit from beautiful name badges. Vets have jewelry applicable to their profession already- why not add name badges as something to set themselves apart with?

I’ve never thought much about name badges before; those things people in various professions wear so you can call them something other than “hey you.” Mostly they’re dull affairs, black or gold rectangles with the person’s name spelled out in very readable type.

And this is the way most of them should look, I suppose- especially for hotel workers and people in most service industries.

But for other professions, name badges can be a jewelry item, worn with a flourish to say something about the wearer’s individual taste. After all, who decided name badges have to be boring? Maybe that came about because of their association with work. But they aren’t clothing, are they? Name tags are accessories, and it’s high time they were treated like accessories!

Besides, who says you can’t express yourself on the job? Or that a person can’t wear a nice pair of earrings, a beautiful brooch, or a bracelet while working? I think there are people who think of their name badges as more than something to begrudgingly wear day after day, an annoyance you have to remember to remove before dumping a shirt in the washing machine after work.

Probably if more people wore name tags that were jewelry-like, there would be fewer “lost” in the wash. My veterinarian told me she used to have to replace her vet tech’s name badges at least twice a year, but since her employees starting wearing badges that had their own darling pet’s images on them, they losses have become minimal.

Most women love jewelry, so why not turn something required into something desired? After all, you wouldn’t expect anyone to put on a name tag that was actually ugly. Why not find a source of name badges that are actually beautiful?

I’ve always loved jewelry, and it’s interesting to realize that this one possible source of beautiful jewelry has become nothing more than a way to identify someone. And another thing, I do believe names would be more likely retained if the person looking at the badge had a reason to remember it.

If I were dealing with a veterinarian, I’m quite sure I’d recall her name if I spent more than a fleeting second noticing her name badge. Now if she had a cute little puppy or kitten on her badge, I’m sure my eyes would rest on her badge for a few extra crucial seconds, long enough to sink her name into my memory.

So that could be an extra advantage.

Overall, I think it’s time for a revolution in name tags!