Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, and you may be wondering what to buy for your own geeky Valentine (or what to request for yourself). You can start off by sending a Scientist Valentine. Darwin might be the best choice, since his 200th birthday is only two days before V-Day.
Let’s move on to the classic gifts of chocolate and candy. There’s a chocolate-colored tee with the molecule theobromine, the chemical that makes chocolate so fun. The molecule can also be found in the form of earrings or a necklace.
You can show your love with a gummy heart, an anatomical one, that is. But consider carefully—the cannibalism aspect might scare someone off.
Has your honey been spending a lot of time crunching data from that last experiment? Maybe the chocolate pie chart would be appropriate.
Or does your other half prefer perfume? She can make her own with a Perfume Science Experiment Kit.
Edmund Scientifics has several terrariums for sale, a nice alternative to cut flowers that will only die. My favorite, though, is probably not appropriate for this occasion: Carnivorous Creations, a collection of famous meat-eating plants, including the Venus fly trap.
But let’s get real. What your Valentine really wants is jewelry. Diamonds, however, are hackneyed, so I dug up some better ideas:
• A DNA pendant made with garnets.
• Periodic table rings—Ag, Au or Pt.
• A pretty silver necklace based on the endangered apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo).
• Nicholas and Felice sell several sets of earrings with a science theme, including the symbols for pi and infinity.
• How about a bracelet made from a ruler? In metric, of course.
• A necklace made from Category 5 ethernet cable has nice colors.
• Nervous System finds inspiration from things in nature, such as algae and dendrites, to use in their jewelry. I particularly like the conifer pendant.
• But our favorite is probably the endorphin necklace from Made With Molecules. Raven Hanna, whose work also includes the theobromine jewelry above, says it took a long time to make the piece, “but I was compelled because I loved the idea of wrapping an endorphin around my neck. I was floored at how glamorous it turned out.” Gorgeous.