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dopamine molecule ornament for holidays 2011

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Every year I make a holiday ornament inspired by a different molecule. This year it is dopamine. Dopamine is well known as being involved in the pleasure pathway and romantic attraction. Recently research has shown that dopamine is critical to expectation and enjoyment of expectation, which is why it is such a wonderful symbol for the holidays.

It's the dopamine that made me, as a child, stay awake the whole night before Christmas morning. It's dopamine that makes us, for months, look forward to upcoming travel to see family and friends. It's dopamine that causes us to look forward to traditional foods and festivities.

Hooray for dopamine! It's so much a part of what makes the holiday season - and the weeks before the holidays - so special.

This ornament was designed by me and cast out of lead-free pewter by a small company in New Mexico. It is about 3 inches long and hangs from a red ribbon (although the style of the ribbon may vary depending on what I have available). It comes with a pouch, which was handmade by me out of organic cotton fabric printed with my design from Spoonflower. It comes packaged with a info tag about dopamine in a recycled gift box tied with a ribbon.

The ornament can be hung from a holiday tree, on a wall, or even from a rear view mirror. Hang it with a bunch of mistletoe for some extra oomph.

This makes a wonderful gift and keepsake for many years to come. (Your dopamine will encourage you to look forward to using it, year after year!)

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.

dopamine molecule ornament for holidays 2011