Style Snapshot: Jewelry for Science!

by Leslie McLane, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

This jewelry style is for those people who see science as art or just happen to be passionate about the pursuit of knowledge. These necklaces, bracelets, rings and more show off your scientific interests such as chemistry and biology. Let your geek flag fly with jewelry for science nerds that would make Bill Nye the Science Guy proud.

Style Snapshot: Jewelry for Science! Go Viral

Spread your love of science by wearing virus or cell-inspired shapes. Bacteriophage is a popular, and interesting, shape often cast poured or molded in metal clay. Bacteriophage, sometimes called phage or bacterial virus, infects bacteria--which is great when bacteria production needs to be halted. Amoebas are another interesting design feature seen in jewelry, such as this eye-catching Gem Amoeba Cuff by Betty Neve entered into one of our gemstone contests. A cabochon serves as the nucleus while other beads represent various vacuoles, pseudopods and more. Amoebas can change their shape, so you have a lot of creative license with these cells.

It's Not Brain Surgery

Don't rack your brain, just start at the beginning, literally where all your thoughts and movements begin. The brain is a fascinating network of neurons. These connections sort of resemble tree branches and roots, which means wire-wrapping is a perfect jewelry medium. Neurons process and transmit information with electrical and chemical signals. Some signals have been making a presence in charms and pendants; most notably the molecules serotonin (happiness), dopamine (love), acetylcholine (learning and memory) caffeine and adrenaline. Cindy Holsclaw made her own Endorphin Molecule collar necklace with seed and bugle beads for a Bead Dreams contest and it certainly gets us feeling happy.
Style Snapshot: Jewelry for Science!

We've Got Chemistry, Baby

When two people click, they say it's chemistry. But this, this is actual chemistry. The Periodic Table of the Elements is showing up on large cuff bracelets while individual elements are made into pendants, rings or post earrings. It's especially fun to render certain elements in their actual material or color like Au (gold) in 22Kt gold metal clay or Ag (silver) in silver precious metal clays. Make non-metallic elements like Ne (Neon) with polymer clay to add some color. Combine elements in a row or column to say words like Nitrogen, Erbium and Dysporium which spells "NErDy" or Germanium, Nickel, Uranium and Sulphur spelling "GeNiUS." Of course, flasks and beakers are present in chemistry-related jewelry sometimes with unit measurements, enamel color representing the contents inside or even just the shape stamped with a heart.

Periodic Table of Elements

Style Snapshot: Jewelry for Science! Born This Way

Flaunt what your mother (and father) gave you with jewelry inspired by what you're made of. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the building block of life, so why not of jewelry? Try using seed beads for a 'DNA' Ribbon necklace inspiration like Catharina Thomas did or colorful bugle beads to represent adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine inside the twisting backbone. We've seen rings and bangle bracelets made from metallic ribbons of DNA, too. Other jewelry creations along this same line include chromosomes, which look almost like a squished X and carry genetic information. Lastly, we've seen phylogenetic trees made from wire or etched in a round metal disc. Phylogenetic trees are sometimes referred to as evolutionary trees and are a branching diagram. The diagram shows the relationships of biological species based on similarities or differences in their physical and genetic characteristics.

Let's Get Physics-al

Okay, that header was super corny, but atomic physics is actually fascinating. Atoms are the basic unit of any chemical element and can produce huge amounts of energy for being so incredibly tiny. This shape became extra popular in part no doubt to its inclusion in the logo for the popular comedic TV show The Big Bang Theory. Atoms are fun to create in jewelry as three-dimensional shapes with wire and colored beads as the neutrons (subatomic particles with no electric charge), protons (subatomic particles with positive charges) and electrons (subatomic particles with negative charges). Flat representations have been seen in acrylic or metal with flat back rhinestones as the corresponding particles. Just remember to never trust an atom because they make up everything. Get it? *bah dum tiss*
Atom

We didn't cover all the fields of science, including astronomy (planets and constellations) and some mathematics studies (pi and the Fibonacci sequence), which could inspire some fascinating jewelry as well. Pick your favorite field, or find out what scientific inquiries your customers are interested in. You can even be more generic by using the word "science" and "I love science" stamped on a blank or in blocky acrylic letters. These are just some ideas to get you thinking about combining science with your artistic abilities for intriguing, and marketable, results.

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