The inspiration behind the Tooth Fairy earrings is a blend of dental equipment and jewelry craftsmanship. Miyauchi carefully considered design aspects, dental education, and cultural traditions to create a truly unique piece. The materials used are ethically and responsibly sourced, adding an element of sustainability to the design.
The standout feature of the Tooth Fairy earrings is their depiction of the primary tooth in dental development. The boy figure, made of 18K gold, showcases a heart-shaped pearl beneath it, symbolizing the incoming adult tooth. The crown atop the figure represents a dental crown, adding a regal touch to the design. The female figure represents the Tooth Fairy herself, with heart-shaped pearl wings and an orange pearl coin, symbolizing the reward she brings in exchange for a lost tooth.
The realization of the Tooth Fairy earrings involves intricate craftsmanship and the use of high-quality materials. The earrings are made from 18K white and yellow gold sourced from Valcambi Swiss Gold Products, ensuring both beauty and sustainability. Japanese cultured Akoya pearls in various shapes and colors, including baby, twin, heart, and sphere shapes, add a touch of elegance. The addition of a round brilliant-cut diamond further enhances the design, totaling 0.08 carats. To create a dazzling contrast, a Florentine Tattoo Finish is applied to the yellow gold root of the primary tooth, giving it a sparkly, diamond-like appearance.
Technical specifications for the Tooth Fairy earrings include a height of 43mm and a width of 11.2mm for the boy figure, with a thickness of 8.2mm. The Tooth Fairy figure measures 36mm in height, 9.6mm in width, and 7.2mm in thickness.
These earrings not only serve as a stunning piece of jewelry but also spark conversations about the Tooth Fairy tale, dental health, and ethical considerations in the jewelry industry. Their unique appearance and thoughtful design make them a springboard for exploring various topics related to teeth, gems, and jewelry.
The concept and design of the Tooth Fairy earrings were developed in Japan, with manufacturing taking place in Italy from June to December 2021. The project involved extensive research into dental knowledge, including tooth function, forensics, oral bacteria, and dental technology. The growth of teeth, resembling the growth of pearls, served as a key inspiration for the design.
One of the main challenges in creating the Tooth Fairy earrings was striking the balance between a realistic tooth motif and a playful, inviting design. Miyauchi successfully achieved this by using pale-toned natural pearls and incorporating the tooth roots as the figures' legs, creating a whimsical and joyful image.
The Tooth Fairy earrings have received recognition for their exceptional design. They were awarded the Iron A' Design Award in the Jewelry, Eyewear, and Watch Design category in 2023. This prestigious award honors well-designed, practical, and innovative creations that meet professional and industrial requirements. The Tooth Fairy earrings stand out for their integration of industry best practices, competent technical characteristics, and their contribution to a better world.
With their enchanting design and meticulous craftsmanship, the Tooth Fairy earrings are a testament to Chiaki Miyauchi's creativity and dedication to creating unique and meaningful jewelry.
Project Designers: Chiaki Miyauchi
Image Credits: Chiaki Miyauchi
Project Team Members: Chiaki Miyauchi
Project Name: Tooth Fairy
Project Client: Chiaki Miyauchi