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Review: Surly-Ramics Smart Jewelry


Jewelry makes a statement. Even if you don’t intend for it to. Surly-Ramics handmade ceramic pendants will tell anyone looking that you are smart. The artist, Amy Davis Roth, has a whole section of her store devoted to jewelry with science themes. She probably has something to suit your scientific interest. You can find pendants for skeptics, fossil aficionados, mathematicians, scientists, and those who love gazing at the stars.

Because of the nature of ceramic glazes and the techniques Roth uses, each pendant looks slightly different. You may be able to find two that are the same color, but the crackling won’t be precisely the same. That adds to the coolness of her creations. To add another layer of awesome, Roth sometimes partners with charities. In July, she worked with Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy to raise $2,000 for the American Cancer Society.

As you can see, I am slightly addicted to her designs. It started with one pendant because I liked the design. Once I received it and loved it because of the finish, the quality, and the compliments I get when wearing it – I had to purchase more. The most recent addition to my collection is the Cosmos pendant. Even though the TV show that inspires the named aired 20 years ago, it is still loved by many. Almost every time I wear it out in the world, someone notices and tells me about their love for Carl Sagan. It’s wonderful enough that the jewelry is stylish, but I love that it also speaks loudly enough to draw others in to comment on it.

Check out more of Amy Ratcliffe’s work on her blog Geek With Curves.

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