I first read about Made with Molecules in 2008 while googling something nerdy like “DNA necklaces” to see if they actually existed which brought me to Raven Hanna’s beautifully made and nerdy creations! Raven has a Ph.D in molecular biophysics and it all started when she was looking at a picture of serotonin and realized how beautiful it was! She began searching for a serotonin necklace which of course did not exist so she took it upon herself to create jewellery featuring her favourite molecules!
All of her pieces are made in sterling silver, but can feature semi-precious gems upon request. They are incredibly well-made with fairly thick snake chains and good-sized lobster clasps that are often found on jewellery of luxury goods. Lobster clasps are generally more expensive than the circular clasps we often see on costume jewellery and are also more secure and resistant to breakage.
As a side note, even the name of her store when abbreviated, MWM, is representative of a carbon chain with double bonds where the “M” and “W” meet!
My first MWM piece was the chocolate necklace which always garners a lot of attention when worn. I just love the shape and how the molecule is positioned.
My second purchase was the dopamine necklace and matching earrings which I always bring out around Valentine’s Day.
The next item on my wish list are the DNA base pair earrings where you can choose your own base pairs! I’m a very traditional geneticist at heart so adenine must ALWAYS pair with thymine and cytosine must ALWAYS pair with guanine. Anything else is just blasphemous!
Raven is a wonderful seller who responds promptly to emails, ships out quickly and has a wonderful product! She also has a shop on etsy. I know it’s not for everyone, but is molecular jewellery something you would wear?