Mini Museum Charm Bracelet
Mini Museum Charm Bracelet
Above: The tango music was a placeholder, but somehow it never changed. 💃
Please Note: This item is sold BY COMPONENT!
The Mini Museum Charm Bracelet is completely customizable so each item (bracelet chain, charms, etc) is sold individually. This allows you to pick and choose exactly what you want.
To build your bracelet, add each item to your cart one at a time. Make sure you add a bracelet too!
Above: The Mini Museum Charm Bracelet with all seven charms. All components sold separately.
The Mini Museum Charm Bracelet is an all-new way to display the treasures from our collection. All of the components, from the bracelet chain to the charm mountings and clasps, are 100% sterling silver.
Above: The Mini Museum Charm Bracelet with storage box and charm box with specimen card. Keep in mind that all components are sold separately.
As pictured above, the bracelet itself comes in a handsome black storage box. Each charm specimen also comes in a storage box as well. A small information card is included with each charm specimen. The information card also serves as the certificate of authenticity for the charm specimen.
Please Note: The charm specimen cards are quite small (1 x 1.5") so do be careful with them!
Customizable Length and Fit
Charm Bracelets are generally worn a little loose, so we've settled on a chain that measures 8" in circumference. The fit is completely customizable by the wearer using the lobster clasp. Note: If you think you'll need a bigger bracelet, just drop us an email and we can make a custom size just for you!
Above: The bracelet chain. Length is customizable by the wearer. Just click the lobster clasp to a different link to adjust the fit.
Have a Bracelet Already? Awesome!
Our charms should be compatible with any chain-type bracelet you may already own. But if you have a Pandora-style bracelet we have you covered with the sterling silver charm converter pictured below:
Above: The Charm Converter and an image of the Lunar Highlands charm attached.
About the Charms
The images below are meant to provide an example of what you might expect when you receive your charm. However, keep in mind that each charm is absolutely unique in size and shape. Some vary in color as well. They are all awesome and authentic just like all the items in our collection. The links below each specimen will take you to even more details.
It's also worth noting that this is just the beginning. We'll be adding more charms over time. If there is a particular specimen you'd like to see added to the lineup drop us an email. We'd love to hear from you!
Campo Del Cielo Meteorite
Above: Artist's concept of the entry of the Campo Del Cielo meteor along with an example specimen.
The Campo del Cielo meteorite is an IAB meteorite that is thought to have formed 4.5 billion years ago during the creation of our solar system. With a total recovered weight at 220,562 lbs (100000 kg) it is possibly the heaviest meteorite to have ever been recovered on Earth.
Above: The moon along with a single example lunar highlands specimen showing both sides.
This charm is double-sided. One side features a bright Swarovski crystal and the other has a resin disk made here at Mini Museum featuring dust from lunar meteorite NWA 5000.
Discovered in Morocco in 2007, the NWA 5000 meteorite is one of the largest lunar meteorites. Its composition suggests a highlands origin. The highlands of the moon are the white areas we can see with the naked eye here on Earth. These regions are dominated by a range of intrusive igneous rocks, such as the gabbro of NWA 5000. Known in geology as anorthosites, these rocks form when large plumes of magma cool and crystallize within the crust. The darker areas of the moon, known as "seas" due to their visual appearance, are basalts created during volcanic floods on the surface.
The Breakup of Pangea
Above: Artist's concept of Pangea just as it was breaking up as well as two example specimens.
This specimen is a highly polished diabase fragment from the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province deposits of Eastern North America. They take months to produce in our workshop as this material is very dense.
Pangea formed roughly 335,000,000 years ago and existed as a single landmass for approximately 160,000,000 years. The breakup came after a series of powerful rifting events, in which strong pulses of magma forced continental plates apart at the seams, creating new crust and opening up the basin in which the Atlantic Ocean eventually took shape. Extant remnants of these flood basalts can be found in former rifts located in modern-day Morocco, Southwestern Europe, the Amazon River Basin, and Eastern North America.
Above: Artist's illustration of a dung beetle conquering a mighty specimen as well as two example fossilized specimens.
Scientifically speaking, coprolites are fossilized poop. Over millions of years, minerals, such as chalcedony and quartz, replaced the original organic material. This process creates a rich, colorful matrix that allows us to study the diet and lifestyle of long-extinct creatures. It also makes for very beautiful jewelry!
Above: Artist's illustration of a Stegodon with two example beads.
Similar to modern-day elephants but with much longer tusks, Stegodons ranged in size from massive creatures rivaling mammoths to smaller, island-dwelling species. These extinct Proboscideans lived alongside our ancient Hominin ancestors during Pleistocene Epoch, but their roots extend back far further into the late Miocene Epoch some 11,400,000 years ago.
This charm features a single polished bead of fossilized Stegodon bone from the Solo River in Central Java Province of Indonesia. Similar finds in this region date to 1.9-1.5 million years ago when the island was home to the dwarf species Stegodon trigonocephalus florensis as well as the early, tool-making hominin Homo erectus.
Above: Paintings from the Tassili n'Ajjer plateau (c. 6,000 years ago) and two example neolithic beads.
Archaeologists consider evidence of beads, purely symbolic personal ornaments that served many different functions, a defining characteristic of early human culture. This charm features a stunning neolithic bead, dating from 5,000 to 12,000 years old.
Medieval Chain Mail
Above: Detail from Folio 23 from the Maciejowski or Morgan Bible, c. 1290 CE and an example chain mail ring charm.
Valued for flexibility in combat, chain mail was the primary defensive armor in Europe for more than one thousand years. These rings come from the fragments of several ruined garments, all dating to the 15th Century (CE). This period is considered the sunset of chain mail in Europe, as advanced plate armor completely supplanted mail. As you might expect, each garment has a unique braid and all the rings were forged and assembled by hand. So there will be variations in size, color, and texture.
More charms coming very soon!