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This intricate pendant is an interpretation of the single-celled, ciliated protozoan Tetrahymena thermophila. Tetrahymena is found in freshwater streams and lakes. It possesses two distinct nuclei, a smaller one that directs sexual reproduction and a larger one responsible for somatic growth, it is an interesting model organism for molecular biology. Tetrahymena can be easily genetically manipulated by transformation and gene knock-outs and thus is used extensively to determine gene function. Tetrahymena move with the aid of hundreds of cilia on their cell surface.

The jewelry is created by 3D-printing in wax followed by metal casting in solid bronze, solid brass or solid sterling silver. The Tetrahymena jewelry is lightly polished after casting to give the piece a smooth glossy texture.

To prevent waste and overstock, the jewelry is not made until you order. Please allow 3-4 weeks for printing and shipping. All items are gift-wrapped in original, recyclable Ontogenie packaging and then shipped insured by registered mail, worldwide.

The pendant will be shipped with a rose gold-plated, gold-plated or non-plated sterling silver anchor chain depending on whether you order the bronze, brass or silver pendant.

The pendant is approximately 3cm long.

Frequently asked questions about Ontogenie

All of my designs are achieved by 3D-printing combined with lost wax casting. If I have the piece you want in stock, I can usually ship it the next day. If it isn't in stock, please allow 3 weeks for printing until I can ship it.
All of my pieces are gift wrapped in Ontogenie recycled paper boxes containing shredded wood and finished with twine.

Tetrahymena - Ciliate Protozoan - Biology Pendant - Science Jewelry in bronze, brass & silver

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: silver, bronze, brass
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Germany
  • Feedback: 40 reviews
  • Favorited by: 10 people

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