These earrings are based on the newly discovered cellular shape referred to as a "scutoid." As described in Nature Communications 9: Article Number 2960
in July 2018, as organisms grow and develop, it is necessary for their epithelial cells to bend to accomodate complex three-dimensional structures. This bending is accomplished using a novel, never-before-described shape related to prisms. Because of their novel shape, scutoids are able to pack closely to each other as well as bend. These earrings also pack together, a dazzling trick to show your science nerd friends the next time you meet in the local pub for a few beers.
Earrings do not ship from Shapeways with earring hooks
. You will need to purchase and attach them yourself. The earrings are 1.3 cm below the loop and 0.6 cm wide. Each earring is solid metal and weighs approximately 3 g.