In 1967, Janis Joplin recorded a cover of Erma Franklin’s song, “Take another piece of my heart.” Whether you enjoy Franklin’s smooth melodic offering or Joplin’s grittier, harsher presentation, the song is about giving unconditionally a gift of yourself to your beloved. While it isn’t exactly a piece of your heart, Turbobeads, a company founded by Robert Grass might have found a way for you to give a tangible piece of yourself by presenting an extremely personal jewelry gift.
The unique jewelry pieces are made possible through recent developments which allows DNA to be artificially fossilized. Once fossilized, the DNA can be stored in almost any protective vessel and kept virtually forever. Robert Grass wanted a special ring to present to his wife on the occasion of the birth of their first child. But he could not find anything that he felt was sufficiently unique and personal. So he fossilized his personal DNA and placed in in a sterling silver band. The fossilized drop of DNA (which can be obtained by using a mouth swab) was put in a cavity on the inside of the ring, and covered with a tiny brilliant-cut diamond. Another diamond was placed on the outside of the ring, right across from the droplet of DNA. In this way, his wife could always have a tiny piece of Robert with her in a form that would not be obtrusive or even draw attention to itself.
When their friends heard about the ring, several of them expressed an interest – not just husband and wife jewelry, but also commemorative jewelry containing DNA of their children or of parents. As a result, the idea of Identity Inside, a unique line of jewelry, was born.
There are currently designed three distinct jewelry styles from Identity Inside. A ring, similar to the one Robert had made for his wife, a stylishly masculine watch, and a rose-gold pendant. The ring has already been described above. The watch is a fine Swiss timepiece with the face cut away to expose the crown where the DNA and diamond are set. It has the potential to be a fine heirloom piece, excellent for giving at graduations. The pendant is a simple round of rose gold on a black band with a sturdy clasp.
To gain one of these pieces at a bargain price, simply make a pledge through the Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign. The campaign is scheduled to run through December 20th, and if all goes well, the items will be sent out in time for Valentine’s Day – a very suitable gift for your special Someone. If the crowdfunder succeeds, you will be sent a DNA collection kit. You will used the mouth swab to collect the DNA and return it to Zurich, Switzerland. There, it will be turned into a white powder that will be placed in the jewelry piece of your choice and sealed with a small, but excellent quality, diamond.
You can learn more about DNA, the various jewelry pieces and the pledge costs for each piece by visiting the crowdfunding homepage.