The Coccolithus cufflinks are based on the complicated structures of coccolithophores, specifically Coccolithus pelagicus. The shell of this unicellular phytoplankton is composed of interlocking plates, called coccoliths, composed of calcium carbonate. Occasionally, huge increases in coccolithophore populations, called 'coccolithophore blooms' are evident as massive patches of turquoise color in the ocean that can be seen in satellite photos of the earth. Although blooms appear to be happening more frequently with global warming, the carbon fixation by coccolithophores could potentially reduce carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere and therefore counteract the effects of global warming.
The head of the cufflink is approximately 1.2cm (0.47 inch) by 1.4cm (0.55 inch) and the stem is curved so that the head lays flat on the shirt cuff.
The cufflinks are 3D printed in lightly polished solid sterling silver or solid bronze and are ready for gift giving with a gift box, polishing cloth, and care instructions.
All jewelry ships free of charge from the Ontogenie workshop in Germany. If you live outside of the EU, you may be charged customs or import fees.
T-Shirts, mugs, and art prints ship free and directly from where they are printed, usually a printing company close to your location.