Following the resurgence of chokers, platforms, and flared jeans, another early aughts trend to make a comeback is the tooth gem.
Dazzling teeth accessories, which were popular in the late 90s, have been spotted on a number of It girls recently. At last year’s Met Gala, Hailey Baldwin flashed a smile that revealed two eye-catching gems affixed neatly on her teeth, and a few months before that, pop star Katy Perry debuted her own version of tooth bling: a gold rendition of the signature Nike swoosh. Meanwhile, it’s hard to picture It Brit Adwoa Aboah without her trademark diamond-encrusted Chanel logo-infused smile.
But long before Kendall Jenner revealed two gleaming gold teeth during London fashion week, the bold beauty statement was sported by inhabitants of ancient Mesoamerica and the Berber tribes of North Africa. Bedouin men and women from the Middle East were known to sport gleaming gold caps on their teeth as a status symbol. A centuries-old skull found in Chiapas, Mexico, even had tooth gems worn in a manner not unlike the contemporary version seen on Halsey, Kim Kardashian West, and Cara Delevingne today.
Teeth embellishments has also resurfaced as grills, which are popular among rappers – Dior Homme ambassador A$AP Rocky famously had diamonds permanently installed in the backs of his teeth.