When Robert Grass was looking for a gift for his wife to celebrate the birth of their first child, he decided to do something unusual: He embedded his own DNA into a ring as a way to remain close to her, always.
The concept spurred a jewelry line called Identity Inside, developed by Grass, who with a team of Swiss scientists previously pioneered the use of DNA fossils in anti-counterfeit and digital information storage.
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To get the DNA into the ring, Grass first purified a DNA sample from a mouth swab and dried it into white powder, which was then stored inside the cavity of a piece of jewelry and sealed with a small diamond.
The DNA, preserved for thousands of years, can be recovered from the jewelry and reconstituted for future analysis, according to the company.
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Four different pieces, all of which store DNA, are available for between $350 and $980. There's a sterling silver ring with a .02 ct. diamond, a sterling silver ring with two .02 ct. diamonds, a custom-made watch sealed with a .02 ct. diamond and a rose gold pendant with a .02 ct. diamond.
According to the company, the jewelry "can be worn every day – guaranteeing the DNA can maintain its integrity for thousands of years – just as in a natural fossil."
The jewelry is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.