This Jewelry Will Preserve Your Fossilized DNA for 1,000 Years

Talk about giving a personal gift. A group of scientists from Switzerland has developed a line of jewelry embedded with fossilized DNA, the molecule that contains an individual’s unique genetic code. Protected by a diamond, the preserved DNA will last for 1,000 years and could be “de-fossilized” and analyzed generations from now by curious descendants.

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The idea is the brainchild of Swiss chemist Dr. Robert Grass, who was terribly disappointed when he attempted to search the internet for a unique “push present” for his wife. The products available were globally accessible, exchangeable and anything but unique.

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So the scientist got to work on a product line that would tap into his cutting-edge research into DNA preservation. Specifically, Grass and his team had developed new technologies for making DNA storable for millennia, similar to the way the DNA of living creatures is sometimes preserved in ancient amber or bone samples.

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DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid, and is the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is also the carrier of genetic information.

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Grass called his DNA jewelry line “Identity Inside” and this is how it works:
• Customers provide a mouth swab sample using a kit provided by the company;
• Grass’ team uses a patented process to purify and fossilize the DNA into a pellet of glass-like material;
• The pellet containing the DNA is placed in a shallow indentation on the inside of the ring band. It is then sealed into place by a 2-point round diamond that is set just above the pellet but flush to the band’s inside surface.

Under normal conditions, Grass estimates that the DNA material will maintain its integrity for at least 1,000 years.

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The Identity Inside line, by Turbo Beads, currently includes two ring styles, a pendant and a watch. The basic ring in brushed sterling silver features the DNA sample and 2-point diamond on the inside of the band. An upgraded version adds a 2-point diamond to the outside of the band. The pendant boasts similar components set in 18-karat rose gold on a black silicon cord. A Swiss-made Langenthal watch features the DNA pellet and protective diamond set in the crown. Retail prices range from approximately $300 to $1,000.

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Dr. Grass and his colleagues recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to help move the project forward. To date, the group has raised about $9,000 with a target of $20,000. There are still 18 days remaining in the campaign.

If fully funded, Dr. Grass and his team expect to deliver the first Identity Inside jewelry by Valentine’s Day 2016. See the company’s Kickstarter video here…


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Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: A Unique Proposal Spot

Chief Designer and CEO of Wedding Bands & Co. Koorosh Daneshgar, shares his thoughts on what he thinks can be a unique spot for anyone looking to propose in the Chicagoland area.

“I recently visited the Lincoln Park Zoo with my family on one of their Zoo Light Nights this past weekend, and was amazed with the beautiful scenery! I thought to myself this could definitely be a unique, memorable, and spectacular place for someone to  propose in. There are a variety of fun activities that are available and the lighting displays and shows are both dazzling and mesmerizing.  If you or know anyone that is thinking of proposing this holiday season, this location is definitely worth mentioning and visiting.”

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Hand-Carved Pumpkin Does the Talkin’ for This Newly Engaged Couple at ‘The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze’

Each year, more than 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins illuminate the grounds of a Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., manor as part of a spectacle called “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.” Attendees from hundreds of miles around gather on dark autumn nights to marvel at the elaborate displays of jack–o’–lanterns carved for the event by local artists.

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Two Saturdays ago, Jonathan Ehrlich and girlfriend, Jenna Bonvino, were at the end of a one-hour loop around the impressive exhibition when Bonvino spotted a huge floral cake made entirely out of pumpkins. Prominently displayed was a single pumpkin carved with the phrase, “Jenna Will You Marry Me?”

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At first, Bonvino, 28, wasn’t sure if the message was for her. But then Ehrlich, 32, dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. “I was shaking like crazy,” she told TODAY.com. “It didn’t feel real.”

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“All I heard was people saying, ‘Is that Jenna? Is that Jenna?’” Bonvino recalled. “I kept yelling, “I’m Jenna! I’m Jenna!” and “I said, ‘Yes!’”

Ehrlich explained that even though he usually doesn’t break down under pressure, this proposal got the better of him, rendering him almost speechless.

“I prepared all these things to say and I don’t think I said a quarter of what I wanted to,” he told lohud.com. “When the moment finally happened, I don’t know what happened to me. I kind of just lost it. I kind of fell apart and lost my cool and was this fumbling idiot. I said some stuff and I’m sure it was great.”

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Knowing that he and his girlfriend love the fall season, and especially Halloween, Ehrlich arranged with The Blaze coordinators to have a pumpkin carved especially for their proposal. The pumpkin, designed by artist Cheryl Bernstein, features a silhouette of the couple holding hands. The image is based on shadow cast and captured by the couple when they were on a boardwalk in California.

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The pumpkin now resides on a dresser in the couple’s apartment in Queens, N.Y. “I love looking at it every day,” she told TODAY.com. “I look at it just as much as I look at my ring, and it keeps a constant smile on my face.”

“As soon as you get engaged, people say, ‘Show me the ring, and how did he do it?’” Bonvino continued. “I have such an awesome story. It’s really special to us. It was truly perfect.”

The proud bride-to-be posted a shot of the proposal pumpkin to her Instagram account with the following caption: “Had the most unbelievable weekend… my best friend asked me to marry him [heart] #engaged #lovehim #bestfriend #pumpkinblaze2015 #SOEXCITED #AGHHHH.”

“The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” takes place at Van Cortlandt Manor, an historic landmark that dates back to the 18th century. Some locals believe the property is haunted, which makes it an even more attractive location for a spooky Halloween extravaganza.

Artists begin their carvings in June in preparation for the big event in October. If you’re wondering how the pumpkins can last five months without shriveling into an ugly mess, the answer is: “They don’t.” The artists work with convincing replicas.

Croton-on-Hudson is about 40 miles north of New York City. Due to popular demand, “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” added 16 new time slots to its fall schedule, which runs through November 15. More info is here


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Images via Facebook/The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze; Jonathan Ehrlich; Jenna Bonvino;