10 Unique Biology Jewelry Pieces to Blow Your Mind

Here you’ll find some of the most unique and amazing pieces of biology inspired jewelry. I have curated this list especially for anyone who loves biology - be it animals, plants, the human body, or even microorganisms! The three main criteria for being part of this list were:

  1. Is it related to biology?
  2. Would a biology lover like to give or receive each of these as a gift?
  3. Is it awesome or drop-dead gorgeous?

Only those who met all the criteria made it to the shortlist. Without further ado, here they are!

  1. Neuron gold necklace in a circle

A neuron is a nerve cell that is the basic building block of the nervous system. What sets it apart from other cells in the human body is that neurons are specialized to transmit information throughout the body.

This necklace represents a biologically accurate representation of a neuron. It's a sterling silver chain with a silver plated pendant.

Why we love it

We love it for how detailed the neuron structure is. It clearly shows the key parts of a neuron - dendrites, nucleus, myelin and the Scwann cell. So the moment someone comments on the necklace, you can dive straight into explaining all the different elements and what each does. As the seller says - just don't get on their nerves! :)

Price: $72

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  1. Dopamine Molecule Necklace

Dopamine is known as the 'pleasure' chemical in our bodies. It's released during pleasurable situations and also allows us to feel satisfaction and motivation.

This necklace represents the molecular structure of Dopamine and is made from pure stainless steel. It has a unique 3D design with a special illusion effect which makes it reflect light and change color

Why we love it

We really like the unique take on the dopamine molecule structure. The 3D effect which lends to the slightly different colors of the central hexagons make this look a lot different than the numerous other dopamine molecule pendants out there.

Price: $30

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  1. THC (medical marijuana) molecular solid gold ring set with genuine birthstones

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the main compound in medical marijuana.

The ring represents the THC molecule and is shown here with emeralds but you can choose to use birthstones of your choice. The ring can be cast in your choice of 10k/14k/18k solid (white, yellow, rose) gold. The molecular structure curves with the same arc as the ring for a smooth fit and minimizes any catching.

Why we love it

The marijuana leaf design is really common, but if you want something more subtle and far more nerdy, and love getting ‘high’ on life, then this is definitely for you! The embedded birthstones representing the atoms of the THC molecule definitely make this one stand out.

Price: $460

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  1. Tardigrade Necklace

Tardigrades, also known as the "water bears," are possibly the most resilient known animal (and look cute as hell!). They can withstand temperature ranges from 1 K (−458 °F; −272 °C) to about 420 K (300 °F; 150 °C), pressures about six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for more than 30 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and go on with their lives. They are also tiny - mostly about 1 mm (0.04 inch) or less in size. They live in a variety of habitats worldwide: in damp moss, on flowering plants, in sand, in fresh water, and in the sea.

Why we love it

These are cute little animals but extremely tough. We are just impressed by their resilience. Imagine an animal surviving in outer space! Probably one of the best conversation starters if you find yourself amongst other science nerds or just someone asking - 'What's that - a bear?'

Price: $25

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  1. Heart of Stone - Labradorite Moonstone or Chalcedony Miniature Anatomical Heart Pendant

This is a miniature heart of stone pendant, anatomically correct, which has tiny veins embracing a labrodorite, lunar moonstone, or luminous aqua chalcedony. The pendant is available in bronze and silver.

Why we love it

The way the veins encapsulate the gemstones really make these hearts stand out from all the other anatomical heart pendant designs out there. The gemstones also seem to reflect light very well so are sure to draw attention even in the most crowded of rooms.

Price: $74

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  1. Serotonin Molecule Matching Promise Ring for Couples

Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. The four ways to boost serotonin activity are sunlight, massage, exercise, and remembering happy events. Interestingly, Serotonin is also part of the reason why you become nauseated! It's chemical name is 5-hydroxytryptamine and it is a monoamine neurotransmitter. These matching rings capture the molecular structure and are available in silver or gold-plated versions

Why we love it

Given that serotonin is our happiness molecule, it just makes perfect (and romantic) sense to have matching rings which embodies the molecule. These rings seem to do that really well. A great gift to give (and receive) on those special occasions like first date anniversaries, valentine's day or wedding anniversaries.

Price: $47

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  1. Rhodium Plated Scientific Microscope Cufflinks

The design of these microscope cufflinks looks really detailed. The rhodium plating ensures a high degree of gleam and they come in a chrome cufflink case with optional engraving.

Why we love it

I remember the first time I looked through a microscope and marvelled at the structure of an onion peel. I am sure others have felt the same degree of wonder looking down at bugs, leaves and micro-organisms through a scientific microscope. These cufflinks are a great way to revive those memories and make perfect gifts for anyone who still gets to use microscopes - doctors, lab technicians, research scientists, food scientists...the list goes on!

Price: $23

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  1. Circle of Willis Necklace

It looks like a tiny little person, but the Circle of Willis is the path of blood in the brain. It is the joining area of several arteries at the bottom side of the brain. What’s really cool about this path is that if there are blockages in the vessels, the blood is able to use an alternate route, ensuring that brain cells continue to receive oxygen. You can think of it as a back-up plan that evolved to keep our brains functioning for as long as possible.

This pendant represents the Circle of Willis accurately and is made of sterling silver

Why we love it

The Circle of Willis looks like a person, but is not, so it's sure to be a great conversation starter. The high quality finish of the pieces also makes it stand out.

This necklace is perfect for vascular surgeons, people who always have a back-up plan, neurosurgeons, and medical students.

Price: $167

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  1. Interlocked DNA necklace

These two circular, interlocked DNA rings are 3D printed as one connected piece, and made in sterling silver. They are delivered with a sterling silver chain with lobster clasp. The silver is nickel free so shouldn't cause any skin rashes or allergies.

Why we love it

We really liked this unique take on the DNA design. Makes it stand out from a lot of the simpler DNA-themed jewelry pieces. The seller also seems to have added some nice touches like a cleaning cloth and a certificate of authenticity. This would be great for gene editing researchers, microbiologists, biology researchers, doctors and medical students.

Price: $173

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  1. Oxytocin molecule necklace

Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter, and best known for its role in female reproduction. In addition, it plays a key role in controlling aspects of human behaviour like empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship-building. Its chemical formula is C43H66N12O12S2 (yeah, that's loooong).

This necklace represents the structure of oxytocin and is made of brass with gold plating. The seller also allows you to add on a letter of your choice.

Why we love it

The sheer size & complexity of oxytocin's molecular structure in this necklace is bound to attract attention and get people talking. But yet, it looks elegant and not loud. The option to customize with any letter is also a neat touch, which I am sure will work great as a gifting option.

Price: $53

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Summing it up

Hope you liked our list of the most amazing biology themed jewelry pieces and got some great gifting options - for yourself or for the biology lovers in your social circle. Do let us know which of the pieces in this article you liked the most in comments below!

Btw, if you want to see all of the science themed jewelry pieces which I designed personally for Aliame.com, do visit this page.

I also wrote a an exhaustive blog about the most stunning science-themed jewelry pieces which you can buy online. It includes jewelry based on themes across biology, chemistry, astronomy and more! Check it out here

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