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Almost half a decade ago, I was a scientist. While reading a book about the science of mood and emotion, I noticed that serotonin, in addition to being the molecule that makes us feel happy, has a very pretty shape. I thought it would make a beautiful necklace that would serve as a kind of talisman for happiness. After a Google search yielded no serotonin necklaces, I learned to make jewelry so that I could have one. Now, I am a full-time cobbler of silver molecules (and am much happier!). Funny the turns life gives us!

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter molecule that induces feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and relaxation. SSRI medications, such as Prozac, work by increasing levels of serotonin.

Of my whole molecule jewelry collection, the serotonin necklace is still my favorite. Based on the molecular shape of serotonin, it has a elegant, modern shape and symbolizes the contented feeling of happiness so lacking in our modern, fractured, frenzied lives. It is both a meaningful personal symbol for happiness and a thoughtful gift for someone you wish happiness.

The pendant is made of sterling silver, is 1.5 inches wide, and is attached to a sterling silver snake chain that can be adjusted for length between 16 to 18 inches. It closes with a lobster clasp.

Each is loving made, packaged in a recycled gift box, and includes an informational tag about serotonin.

You can see this necklace on a customer here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katielane/3230125944/in/pool-mwm

(Last photo: As seen in Aura Magazine August 2008.)

see other serotonin items here: http://www.etsy.com/search_results_shop.php?search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5165490&search_query=serotonin

Customer comments about this necklace:

“Loved everything about this item. From the solid snake chain to the the sturdy lobster clasp. Its beautiful and made an excellent gift. Also loved the earth friendly packaging, serotonin info card/tattoo and just the ribbon wrapped box it came in.”

“Bought it for my Wife (who suffers with depression and anxiety) and she loves it. Shipped on time and arrived by xmas. Its absolutely beautiful and really well made.”

“Really lovely! The chain feels solid and the piece lays down very nicely. :) Will be back!”

“What a beautiful necklace! I bought this with an eye to everyday wear and that's what it's definitely going to get. You do incredible work.”

“Beautiful, great quality and an amazing concept! This gift will be a big hit!”

“I am SO HAPPY with this purchase! The quality of the necklace really surprised me - it has some of weight to it and was clearly handcrafted with love. The chain is gorgeous and I love that I can adjust the length... It's perfect!”


I'm scientist-turned-artist Raven Hanna, Ph.D. 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

Frequently asked questions about molecularmuse

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.

serotonin molecule necklace - for happiness - in solid sterling silver