Beauty in Science. Solar System Jewelry & Science Gifts

Boulder Creek, California

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Announcement    Yes! The Original Solar System Jewelry featured by The Planetary Society, NASA, & NPR's Science Friday! Winner of the Maker Faire 2010 Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon! All Original Designs. Every Bead has Meaning. Made in USA, & Free Shipping to USA! Smart Science Gifts and Infographic Jewelry for Any Occasion.


Last updated on Mar 16, 2021

Yes! The Original Solar System Jewelry featured by The Planetary Society, NASA, & NPR's Science Friday! Winner of the Maker Faire 2010 Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon! All Original Designs. Every Bead has Meaning. Made in USA, & Free Shipping to USA! Smart Science Gifts and Infographic Jewelry for Any Occasion.



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About ChainOfBeing

Sales 4,065
On Etsy since 2010

Chain of Being - Beauty in Science

Yes! Our original Solar System Jewelry has been featured by NPR's Science Friday, BuzzFeed, MAKE:, NASA, and The Planetary Society!

Beauty in Science: Every bead has meaning! In our MiniVerse Solar System Bracelet, each bead represents ~40 million miles; in our Latitude pieces, each bead is ~50 miles.

Our Story - Bringing Meaning & Intention into Jewelry:
We have both loved Arts & Crafts since we were kids, and in 2009, we started making jewelry together. Our Catholic and Buddhist ancestors used prayer beads, where each bead has a meaning and intention, and we wondered how Science, Nature, or Mathematical concepts could be translated into beads. Our first series, the MiniVerse and Cosmogram Solar System beaded jewelry designs, we thought of as an "Astronomer's Rosary" with beads measuring each planet's distance from the Sun.

Our shop name, "Chain of Being", comes from this concept of fusing spirituality and science, noting that ancient philosophical texts were once an inspiration to early scientists while they were trying to organize the Universe. The shop came about during the Steampunk era, where ridiculous puns about science and history were all the rage, so a ridiculous pun about science and jewelry seemed fitting.

Our Solar System Jewelry was immediately a hit with Science enthusiasts everywhere, earning mentions by BuzzFeed, NPR's Science Friday, MAKE:, NASA, and Carl Sagan's Planetary Society. In 2010, NASA even used our piece to create a tutorial! :)

Since then, we've expanded our Solar System Jewelry line to include necklaces and bracelets about specific Planets and Moons. We've also made more pieces with Infographic and Science-Inspired themes, like Earth's Latitudes, Anatomy of the Veins and Arteries, and Layers of the Atmosphere.

We use gorgeous high-quality Natural Gemstones and Jeweler's-grade materials to make beautiful durable jewelry that you can enjoy for many years.

We are a small, 2-person shop, and we make everything ourselves. We live in the Central Coast Mountains of California with our kids and cats.

We research each design concept extensively before we release a new piece, so we can bring you something you won't find anywhere else.

Thanks so much for visiting, and have a beautiful day in the Universe!
- Laura and Jeremy
Chain of Being

PS. We also love making jewelry that is simply decorative, celebrating the beauty of natural stones, wood, and glass. We design for a rugged and elegant look, hoping to create a piece perfect for your next black-tie luau or punk-rock opera. Drawing and painting have been passions for both of us for most of our lives as well, and we love translating our drawings into wood, acrylic, and metal, so that they can become jewelry pieces too. You can find more of our work at Laura's other shop:

Read More About Us . . .

Interview with The Planetary Society:
"The Solar System, in Jewelry Form"

MiniVerse Bracelet featured on BuzzFeed:
"33 Gifts For Anyone Who F*cking Loves Science"

Veins & Arteries Necklaces on BuzzFeed:
"23 Products That'll Make You Look Smart"

Shop members

  • Laura Cesari

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Laura is committed to making beautiful magical objects, especially ones you can wear

  • Jeremy Richardson

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Jeremy makes savage and debonair jewelry for bros and dudes.

Production partners

  • Fabric Printing Company

    Montreal, QC

    Fabric Printing, Garment Making

Shop policies

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Last updated on Sep 3, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Yes! The Original MiniVerse Proportional Solar System Jewelry!

Hooray! You've found the original proportional Solar System Jewelry featured by The Planetary Society, NASA, and NPR's Science Friday!

As with any famous or successful design, please beware of low-quality fakes, counterfeits, and knock-offs.

In 2010, NASA made a tutorial from our MiniVerse Necklace, and our kit won the Maker Faire Blue Ribbon! Since then, we've seen cheap knock-offs of the design, often copying our name "MiniVerse", without permission. We are not affiliated with these sellers, and cannot provide any guarantees or customer service for their products.

Here's where you can find our original pieces:
- Our Etsy shop:
- Our Amazon shop:
- Our Website:

Custom and personalized orders

We take requests!
Please ask about custom designs, custom lengths, or custom clasps.

We can make any size bracelet, to fit anyone!
Send a conversation through Etsy or at checkout,
if you need a specialized length or clasp for any item.

Most necklaces can be made as a bracelet or anklet, and vice versa, and most items can be made with a lobster-claw or toggle clasp.

Please note that custom orders may take up to an additional 1-2 weeks.

Please note, if you order a regular item and then ask for a customization, your item will be considered a custom item and will take up to an additional 2 weeks to complete.

Care instructions

We use durable, high-quality Jeweler's-grade beads and wire.

We test everything, and our jewelry should last a long time under normal fashion jewelry wear conditions.

But, please note, our items are not "indestructible" :)

We recommend removing your jewelry before bathing, swimming, sports, or any activity that will place unusual stress on your jewelry.

These items are not designed to go in the washing machine, dryer, microwave, or dishwasher.

These items are not designed to be load-bearing (please do not hang anything from them or tie them around something).

Bulk Discounts & Wholesale

We can often give a discount if you are buying 3 or more of the same item.
Please send a conversation through Etsy if you are looking for a wedding set, a group costume, or a small number of items for a special occasion.

Most items are available Wholesale in lots of 20 or more,
please send a message via Etsy if you are interested in Wholesale orders.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Each item includes a small folding card with a description of the item and space to write.

Most items are shipped in a small cardboard jewelry box, stamped with our logo.

Please send us a note if you would like to include a gift message with your order!

Materials & Variations

We use high-quality Natural Gemstones for all our Planets! Please expect variations in Gemstone texture and color. We do not use dyed gems. We prioritize quality and color rather than needing to find a specific gem.

All other beads, such as the spacer beads, Sun, and some of the small rings, are high-quality colorfast glass, glass/stone composite, or mother-of-pearl.

Occasional variations in stones, clasps & findings may occur, based on trends and availability.

Our materials are all non-toxic and comply with California's strict Proposition 65 safe materials standards - hooray!

Rush Items

*We can’t always rush items, but we’ll try!*
If you need something to arrive by a certain date,
such as a birthday, holiday, anniversary, or special occasion,
please let us know and we'll do our best to get it there on time.

(Please note, we do not “expedite” orders - your order will still be processed in the order received.)

We thank you in advance for your patience!
We are a small, 2-person shop,
and we make everything ourselves,
so our process can be delayed
by emergencies and unforeseen events,
competition between in-person and online sales,
or high volumes of orders due to good reviews and holidays.

If for some reason your order is delayed,
we will do our best to contact you as soon as we can.

Other things called Chain of Being

We are not affiliated with any other companies, entities, or religions that use or have used the phrase Chain of Being.

As we mentioned in our description above, the name is a pun about science and jewelry. It is based on ancient philosophical texts that are part of the public domain. If other people are using or have used the phrase for other purposes, correctly or otherwise, it is without our approval, support, or association.

We do not support or ally ourselves with any other companies, entities, or religions using the phrase Chain of Being, correctly or otherwise, now or throughout any time in history.