Theobromine (Chocolate) Molecule Jewerly

Chocolate molecule or neurotransmitter jewelry and green capacitor jewelry to surprise your nerdy girl this Valentine’s Day

Theobromine gets its name from the genus of the cacao tree–theo (“god”) and broma (“food”), meaning “food of the gods.” Any chocolate fan will certainly agree on the choice of name. Available as a sterling silver necklace (shown above, $90) or earrings, ($50).

Five geeky Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

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Fractalspin–the online Chicago-based geek boutique–has curated a selection of nerdy gifts for the ladylike this Valentine’s Day. In the blog post “5 Geeky Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her” alternatives to traditional flowers and candy are such things such as a goofy, grinning plush heart, earrings made from red circuit boards cut into identical heart shapes, and a silver pendant necklace in the shape of the dopamine molecule–the very neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of being in love. Check out the rest of their unexpected Valentine’s Day gift ideas: www.fractalspin.com.

5 Geeky Valentine’s Day gifts for her

Heart plushie from I Heart Guts

1. Humongous Heart Plush [$18]

There’s a reason this plush guy is one of our most popular Valentine’s Day gifts: you’re literally giving someone your heart! And he’s just adorkably endearing, too at 10″ high–too big to stuff in a purse and not quite big enough to be a pillow.

We also received this email from a customer last year who had a very clever idea:

… thank you for helping me get my gift together for my girlfriend. I wanted to find a stuffed animal to wear the earrings I bought for her and the heart was the perfect thing […] She loved the earrings and it was fun to surprise her at dinner. – John C.

Why didn’t we think of that? Our plush can be jewelry models! We’ll have to arrange a photo shoot, clearly.

2. Circuit Board Heart Necklace [$40] & 3. Circuit Board Heart Earrings [$50]

And if quirky wordplay isn’t quite your thing, check out the Circuit Board Heart Necklace — a symbolic representation carved out of red circuit board and crafted into a pretty necklace pendant is just the thing to show your love. Might as well snag the matching Circuit Board Heart Earrings, too.

4. Dopamine Necklace [$80]

You know what love it? Dopamine. Yep, sorry you can’t blame it on puppies, newborns, or Belgian waffles, it’s a neurotransmitter that goes to work on your brain. Technically it’s a catecholamine neurotransmitter stored in vesicles in axon terminals and released when the neuron is depolarised. It interacts with specific membrane receptors to produce its effects that are terminated by re-uptake into the presynaptic neuron by a dopamine transporter.
Ah, you’re still reading, so you must be absolutely infatuated with dopamine. Let me direct your attention to the matching sterling silver Dopamine Earrings.

5. Cat 5 Earrings [$12.50]

Handmade in Chicago, old school networking cable becomes colorful earrings. They’re packaged in a real petri dish used for scientific experiments, because, science.

Gifts for electronic musicians $25 – $50


Floppy Disk Necklace – Ball Chain – $14
Inspired by 8Bit Musician Nullsleep‘s necklace, this retro floppy disk hub makes a striking minimal pendant.


Cable Tie – $30
For stylish electronic musicians who need to dress us, the Cable Tie is the best choice.


Electronic Musician’s Emergency Adapters $35
You will be remembered fondly when These are the perfect gift for anyone who’s ever stumbled around underneath a pile of cables in the dark, only to curse the absence of a missing audio adapters. For piece of mind and sanity
Designed in Chicago by subVariant Recordings.


High Voltage Bag – $42
You can practically see the electrons charging through this bag, with it’s HIGH VOLTAGE warning. Pair it with the Padded Netbook / Tablet Sleeve for small computer haulage.

MIDI Cuff $50
These made-in-Chicago cuffs by Zelle are made from real audio cable (also made in the USA) and non-animal vinyl, and the perfect accessory for a musician of the electron-wrangling sort. They also come in a genuine anti-static bag resembling electronics packaging, for extra nerdery.

Check out all of our Gifts for Electronic Musicians!

New green & gold round circuit board cufflinks, and deals on jewelry sets


You guys requested it! These round, more formal additions to our other Circuit Board Cufflinks are matchy-matchy with their gold printed circuitry and matching gold-toned hardware (jewelry nerds call those bits “findings”).

And for the girls, our Red Circuit Board Heart Necklaces are back in stock, too. And our in-stock Microcontroller Cufflink & Tie Clip sets are priced to clear out. So are the Cat5 Bracelet, Necklace & Earring sets. Go!

We’ve contributed a gift basket to help the tornado victims in Washington, IL

We’ve donated a sweet gifty bag to a raffle to help people who lost their homes in the recent tornado in Washington IL. It’s part of the Cellar Door Salon & Studio opening party in Wicker Park Chicago, from 7pm to midnight tomorrow (Saturday. December 7), and there are prizes from other local businesses, food from Cellar Door Provisions in Logan Square, a DJ set from Ross Kelly of local vintage boutique kokorokoko, and gin from Letherbee Distillers headquartered up in Ravenswood. Stop by and check it out. http://cellardoorsalon.com/events.html.

Pictured above: SIM Card Address Book, Fan Guard Necklace, Wii Controller Gum, Super Mario Bros. Mushroom Candy, Circuit Board Keychain, MIDI Keychain, Cat5 Earrings, Transistor Earrings, Microcontroller Cufflinks. (Not pictured: Diode Bracelet, Teal Capacitor Earrings, Transistor Earrings – Small, PSP Candy, Microcontroller Tie Tack)

The engineer ladies of Techcycled turn the circuitry of their trade into elegant, modern wearable jewelry

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Clockwise: Square Circuit Board Cufflinks in Blue, Jessie and Megan of Techcycled, Blue Square Circuit Board Necklace, Red Circuit Board Heart Necklace, Circuit Board Ring in green.

Megan Nissen stumbled upon the idea of making jewelry out of electronic components while working as an intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), but it wasn’t until preparing for the next Caltech Ballroom Dance Club party that she made some earrings that she gained the admiration of her geekier friends. Months later when she found herself between jobs, she figured she’d give the jewelry business a try.

With the help of her dance club friend, Jessie they hand made some initial pieces to sell on Etsy as Techcycled. Unlike other Etsy sellers who can’t even identify what surplus material they use for their creations, Megan, with an Electrical Engineering degree and Jessie with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics actually know the real-world, intended function of the components they work with. All of their pieces are packaged in jewelry boxes and come with a information card on their history.

Serotonin Necklace and other feel-good molecule jewelry back in stock–woo hoo!

Our sterling silver molecule jewelry is back in stock! Perpetual favorites like the Serotonin Necklace (top) and Earrings (bottom right), and Dopamine Earrings (bottom right) and its matching Necklace.

Why “feel-good”? Serotonin molecules interact with receptors in the brain to induce feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and relaxation. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for reward-driven learning and behind the mechanism of a variety of addictive drugs.