I’ve half-heartedly asked family members if I could have some of their bones after they died. Of course, the answer I received was a resounding “NO.” A great Yule present could be a family members foot bones made into a necklace.
It seems like bone jewelry and memorabilia was a common practice in some ancient cultures and is a common practice in some contemporary cultures. Tibet is renowned for their bone jewelry today. Most of it is made from yak bones but some is still made from human bones.
A recent archeological find in Peru illustrates the human desire for bone jewelry. Many skeletons were found missing their feet. The feet were not cut off while they were alive, like the gruesome practice performed on African slaves in the New World, they were removed after they died. The family members used the bones to make jewelry, which was a common practice in Ancient Peru.
Source: 16 Skeletons Missing Feet