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Our genes are expressed by turning the information stored in nucleic acids into proteins. The nucleic acid word that starts the gene's story is A-U-G, almost like the phrase "once upon a time" starts a fable.

A-U-G is called the "start codon." I like this as a symbolic nod to beginnings. What new things are you expressing?

The charms are made of quality recycled/reclaimed sterling silver. They are ~3/4 inch long. They hang from a 16" sterling silver chain. The beads on the chain prevent the charms from clumping in the center.

The necklace comes in a cute, recycled gift box.

Customer comments on this necklace:

“Perfect graduation gift! Beautiful packaging as always. Thanks!”

“Lovely necklace. The molecules are just the right size, not too big or too small. very nice.”

“The pictures do not do it justice. This necklace is absolutely gorgeous. Beautifully handcrafted and dainty, which is not to be confused with delicate as in it could easily break, but rather in that it looks quite feminine and I want to wear it with all my dresses. I adore this necklace so very much.”

“This was a gift for a dear friend. She loves it. The way the pendants drape along the chain is perfect. Not only does she love it, but I adore how it fits her and suits her.”

“:) Stunning. Even more beautiful in person. High quality, gleaming conversation piece. Can't wait to go to work in the lab tomorrow! I will get to tell everyone about Made With Molecules!!”


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.

AUG start codon - new beginnings - necklace in solid sterling silver