Pearls for their pearly whites

When her daughter lost her first tooth, Julie Kentera felt uncomfortable playing the role of a cash-doling tooth fairy. "It just felt wrong that the celebration for such a milestone had become -- cash," says Kentera. "Where's ceremony or sentiment in that?" The incident inspired the stay-at-home mother of two to create DreamPearls for Girls, a handcrafted bracelet made of Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. The bracelet comes with 12 freshwater pearl charms (one for each lost tooth), and a tooth fairy storybook. DreamPearls for Boys is a rousing adventure where teeth are turned into DreamPearls and traded for magical treasures. Each set, priced at $49.99, includes a wooden keepsake box, 12 magical treasures, a tooth bag and an illustrated storybook. Available at Sprout in Manhattan Beach, (310) 318-7870 or at


-- Lisa Boone

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