Every scar you have tells its own story, from a skateboard accident when you were younger, to a propensity for chewing your cuticles. Scars encompass many periods in your life, from those created in childbirth to those inflicted by surgeons. They are all unique to each individual and often symbolize change. Not all change is voluntary though, as those who get their scars from operations may feel unhappy and ashamed of their blemishes- or may choose to be proud and take possession instead!
This was the philoshpy behind It’s my Scar jewellery, created by Francesca, who had thyroid cancer. The operation to remove her thyroid left her with a noticeable scar on her neck, and she was left with two options. She could take the poloneck/scarf route, or she could celebrate the fact that the scar symbolized a new lease of life, and how better to do that than immortalize it in metal?
A wax rendering of the scar was made, and then it was cast and then the piece was molded out of precious metal, to be worn with pride just below the scar. This creation spawned a business, where people worldwide send images of their scars in to be turned into wearable and stylish reminders.
“When people ask me what my necklace is, even though it very close to the original scar, both in location and in style, I simply say “It’s my scar.” There is something very powerful about celebrating something that to many is ugly, and should be forgotten,” says Francesca.
I love the philosophy of the site, as it’s all about empowerment and taking control, and the motto ‘Claim your past and wear your story‘, harks back to tribal days and the way in which amulets and tokens were imbued with power (more spiritual than actual, but hey ho).
It’s impressive how beautiful each scar actually is, and the site also features a selection of stories from those who have used the service. I love this idea, and think it’s a very unique twist on the idea of custom made products- after all, what could be more original than the skin you wear?
To use It’s My Scar, you simply send in a photo, and then liaise about what type of jewellery you want, as anything from bracelets to rings and necklaces are doable. You can also choose from silver, gold and platinum.
Check out It’s my Scar here. Pieces are priced on a case by case basis.