As powerful and often intimidating as sharks can be, their teeth can be symbols of strength. Shark teeth come in all shapes and sizes, but each makes a statement.
These unique teeth are unlike any other, partially because sharks can lose and replace their teeth quickly, making shark fossils plentiful in the ocean. Shark teeth are not attached to the shark’s gums with a root like human teeth, so sharks can lose, on average, a tooth a week. Each one is replaced within a day.
A shark’s mouth can hold up to 3,000 teeth at a time, meaning they lose about 35,000 over their lifetime. This quick rotation of teeth provides a treasure trove of statement pieces for us land dwellers to wear and display. Choose your preferred statement piece and proudly show your connection to the fierce predator of the sea.
Why Are Shark Fossils So Popular?
It’s no secret that shark teeth have been a part of fashion trends for years. In the 1960s, they became popular with surfers, but long before that, the Hawaiian people used shark teeth in weapons, partially because of the sharks’ fierceness and hunting prowess.
There are many reasons to buy shark teeth. Shark fossils symbolize power and protection, traits everyone wants for themselves and their homes. Whether you wear a shark tooth necklace or display shark fossils in your home, you show your connection with one of the strongest and most respected creatures on Earth.
Shark fossils also make great gifts. Your nephew who is obsessed with sharks or your history buff friend who loves fossils of any kind will appreciate a thoughtful shark tooth as a present or souvenir.
What To Look for When Shopping for Shark Teeth
There is much to consider when buying a shark tooth, including which type of shark you want the tooth to come from. Some popular types of shark teeth fossils include:
- Great White shark teeth
- Megalodon shark teeth
- Tiger shark teeth
- Bull shark teeth
- Hammerhead shark teeth
Once you’ve decided which shark tooth you want, take the time to verify the authenticity of the shark fossil. These shark teeth may show signs of wear, and reputable sellers should give you information about the teeth. If something looks too perfect, inquire further about its authenticity.
While talking with the seller, ensure that the shark teeth were collected ethically. Make sure your seller does not support illegal or destructive harvesting so that you can feel confident your purchase was supplied properly and respectfully to the environment.
5 Popular Statement Pieces With Shark Fossils
What statement piece should you choose when looking for shark fossils? Here are five popular pieces you can consider:
1. Great White Fossilized Teeth
When people picture a shark, the Great White often comes to mind. Great White fossilized teeth are beautiful shark fossils that can be displayed in a museum box with a viewing window for all to see.
Many near-perfect Great White options come from Chile. They are highly valued and sought after by collectors because the desert where they are found has been closed to fossil hunters since 2006.
Great White shark fossils can be a worthwhile investment for a collector who wants a statement piece in their display. A Grade AAA+ Chilean Great White fossilized tooth in practically perfect condition can run $700 and will be a beautiful piece for any passionate shark admirer.
2. Megalodon Teeth
Great White not big enough for you? Check out the impressive shark fossils of the megalodon, an extinct shark species that lived more than 20 million years ago and whose name literally means “big tooth.”
The megalodon was the largest fish ever known, according to studies of fossil teeth and vertebral columns. Studies of these fossils suggest that a mature adult megalodon had an average length of 33.5 feet.
Options are endless with megalodon teeth – polished or rough, pendant or tabletop display, $100 or more than $1,500. Some of these shark fossils have crystal designs or unique polishings to set them apart.
3. Shark Teeth Keychains
If you’re not ready to commit to a Great White or megalodon investment, consider a statement keychain to share your love of sharks with the world. While shark teeth were often used by the Hawaiian people for protection on voyages, these modern keychains will go with you wherever you go.
These keychains contain a fossilized North African shark tooth against a background color of your choice. Background color options include:
- Sparkling Blue
- Sparkling Red
- Sparkling Turquoise
Stunning keychains like this help bring back memories of a Hawaiian vacation or a love of surfing. Display your keychain with pride as you share your passion for sharks with the world.
4. Necklaces with Shark Teeth
A classic shark fossil application, necklaces are popular for people who want to show off their love of sharks. Throughout history, Hawaiian warriors have worn them. More recently, surfing pros have included shark teeth necklaces in their wardrobe.
Each necklace is special and a great personal piece or gift for a loved one. Find a style that fits into your aesthetic, and let your necklace be a conversation opener to discuss your favorite sea creature.
5. Shark Tooth Pendants
For a more customized option, look through our available shark teeth pendants. Choose from megalodon pendants, mako shark pendants, Great White pendants, and more to make your own jewelry.
Customize your piece by choosing a pendant that speaks to you and pair it with a chain, beads, or other adornments. Each pendant has silver or gold wire so it can hang from a chain.
Nothing says “statement piece” like something you make yourself. Find your favorite pendant and let your creativity flow as you make a shark tooth statement necklace that is as unique as you are.
Whether you display your shark fossil in your home or office or wear it proudly, your fascination with sharks and connection to the sea will be evident to all. Find the right statement piece for you and prepare to share all you know about one of the most fascinating and fierce animals in the ocean.