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I AM STARSTUFF necklace - amino acid secret code

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This necklace is an updated version of a necklace I made for the The Mad Scientists of Etsy (MSOE)'s challenge topic "science as art." See that necklace here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/62548585/

"I AM STARSTUFF" written in amino acid code demonstrates so much that I love about science. Here's my attempt to explain the thoughts and feelings I have about this:

Of course the starstuff idea comes from the famous Carl Sagan statements: that we are composed of the stuff stars made, which it literally true. After the Big Bang, only hydrogen existed. Stars burned this fuel and started creating slightly heavier atoms. Then other stars made even heavier atoms. They spit these out as they burned or exploded them away as they died. It is this generative magic that allowed carbon and oxygen and nitrogen and potassium - and all the other atoms we need for life - to exist. Look around - everything you see used to be in a star.

Writing the phrase "I AM STARSTUFF" in the language of our own proteins has a profound edge. The genetic code is one of the fundamental mysterious miracles of the origins of life. It reminds me of a time when life was young - there were only bacteria, they shared their genes freely, the smallest change could usher in a tidal wave of possibilities. At this time, Earth was being pummeled with meteors, bringing more atoms and molecules that life could use to grow and evolve. Earthlings and their stellar forebearers were still quite entangled.

The atoms that make up our proteins and DNA are from the stars. And these elements have evolved to make beings like us who look up and contemplate the stars. It's amazing how much we know and how much we can learn through observation and experiment. I love science because it tells us about our DNA and the Big Bang. I especially love science because it shows how interconnected everything is. That I and you and everything we see were once stars.

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This elegant necklace is based on the shape of an amino acid sequence, creating a small peptide/protein. Each amino acid can be represented by a letter, and this spells IAMSTARSTUFF written in a biological secret code!

The necklace is solid, quality sterling silver. The pendant is about 3.5 inches across (about 3 inches between the attachment rings). The necklace is adjustable between about 16-19.5 inches. If you would like a different length, please let me know.

A perfect gift, it comes in a recycled gift box with an informational card explaining the science that inspired the piece.

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I'm scientist-turned-artist Raven Hanna of Made With Molecules. I hand-make original, high quality jewelry and use Earth-friendly and people-friendly business practices. I live and work in a solar-powered sugarcane shack on the flank of an active volcano in Hawaii, and I donate a percentage of profits to environmental and science education nonprofit organizations. Please take a look at other molecular jewelry offerings in my shop. http://molecularmuse.etsy.com
This necklace is an updated version of a necklace I made for the The Mad Scientists of Etsy (MSOE)'s challenge topic "science as art." See that necklace here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/62548585/

"I AM STARSTUFF" written in amino acid code demonstrates so much that I love about science. Here's my attempt to explain the thoughts and feelings I have about this:

Of course the starstuff idea comes from the famous Carl Sagan statements: that we are composed of the stuff stars made, which it literally true. After the Big Bang, only hydrogen existed. Stars burned this fuel and started creating slightly heavier atoms. Then other stars made even heavier atoms. They spit these out as they burned or exploded them away as they died. It is this generative magic that allowed carbon and oxygen and nitrogen and potassium - and all the other atoms we need for life - to exist. Look around - everything you see used to be in a star.

Writing the phrase "I AM STARSTUFF" in the language of our own proteins has a profound edge. The genetic code is one of the fundamental mysterious miracles of the origins of life. It reminds me of a time when life was young - there were only bacteria, they shared their genes freely, the smallest change could usher in a tidal wave of possibilities. At this time, Earth was being pummeled with meteors, bringing more atoms and molecules that life could use to grow and evolve. Earthlings and their stellar forebearers were still quite entangled.

The atoms that make up our proteins and DNA are from the stars. And these elements have evolved to make beings like us who look up and contemplate the stars. It's amazing how much we know and how much we can learn through observation and experiment. I love science because it tells us about our DNA and the Big Bang. I especially love science because it shows how interconnected everything is. That I and you and everything we see were once stars.

.......

This elegant necklace is based on the shape of an amino acid sequence, creating a small peptide/protein. Each amino acid can be represented by a letter, and this spells IAMSTARSTUFF written in a biological secret code!

The necklace is solid, quality sterling silver. The pendant is about 3.5 inches across (about 3 inches between the attachment rings). The necklace is adjustable between about 16-19.5 inches. If you would like a different length, please let me know.

A perfect gift, it comes in a recycled gift box with an informational card explaining the science that inspired the piece.

......

I'm scientist-turned-artist Raven Hanna of Made With Molecules. I hand-make original, high quality jewelry and use Earth-friendly and people-friendly business practices. I live and work in a solar-powered sugarcane shack on the flank of an active volcano in Hawaii, and I donate a percentage of profits to environmental and science education nonprofit organizations. Please take a look at other molecular jewelry offerings in my shop. http://molecularmuse.etsy.com

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(2,722)
Reviewed by Ed Shems
5 out of 5 stars
May 30, 2017
I bought this necklace for my wife who had been eyeing it for some time.

It came beautifully packaged, and the necklace didn't disappoint.

My wife is extremely pleased, and it looks great on her!
I AM STARSTUFF necklace - amino acid secret code

Reviewed by moharford
5 out of 5 stars
Oct 17, 2017
The necklace is lovely but watch out for the import tax, the price doesn't include it and I got stung for a bill for £58 on top of what I'd paid.
My daughter however is delighted with the gift.
Mad Scientist challenge - I AM STARSTUFF necklace

Reviewed by cerlynn
Buyer photo cerlynn, who reviewed this item with the Etsy app for iPhone.
5 out of 5 stars
Apr 26, 2018
Absolutely perfect! I had been eyeing the nucleic acid necklaces but wanted something a little smaller, and this turned out exactly as I had hoped! I've already gotten several compliments on it. Our initial communication to set up the order was a little inconsistent, but once we finalized the plan everything was great, and it was even shipped ahead of schedule. Thanks Raven!!
custom cytosine necklace reserved for Christina

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FAQs

I can make custom molecule jewelry, if the molecule will work in my style. Prices start around $150 and the process usually takes 4-6 weeks.
Most of my jewelry is high quality, solid sterling silver. It is specially formulated to resist tarnish, but, like all silver, will tarnish. You can minimize oxidation by storing silver jewelry in a bag or box away from air and heat. Regularly wearing the jewelry can help rub off tarnish. I allow the silver serotonin necklace I wear daily to develop a bit of a patina. It's OK to wear your sterling silver jewelry in the shower.
Your order will come packaged in a cute, recycled paper gift box with a little card explaining what the molecule represents. I tie it with a ribbon, making a pretty package for gifting - no addition wrapping required.

If you are shipping directly to the gift recipient, I'm happy to include a card with your gift message. Just let me know when you order.

I AM STARSTUFF necklace - amino acid secret code

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