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Virus Necklace

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This unique and cleverly designed pendant depicts a virus of a group know as the Herpesviridae in meticulously researched detail. The outer portion of the pendant shows the lipid envelope of the virus, studded with proteins which assist it in fusing with the outer membranes of host cells. The inner portion, the viral capsid, whose remarkable, icosahedral shape is composed of an intricate array of protein subunits known as capsomeres, can be swiveled to reveal the viral DNA within!

The Herpesviridae are a large group, which contains many important human pathogens, as well as viruses that infect a wide variety of other animals. Among the Human Herpes Viruses (HHV).are Epstein Barr virus (the cause of mononucleosis), Varicella Zoster Virus (the cause of Chicken Pox), Cytomegalovirus, and the Herpes Simplex viruses.

The capsid of this virus pendant has an antiqued brass finish that contrasts beautifully with the antiqued pewter finish of its outer envelope and tegument. It comes with your choice of an 18 inch or 26 inch steel chain.

Perfect for:

  • Biologists, researchers, immunologists
  • Doctors, nurses, med students
  • Science teachers and science enthusiasts of all kinds

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Scott H.
Interesting and Great Piece

My wife is the head of biology at a biotech company, and she squealed in delight when she opened this. She has already worn it several times in the last two weeks and her colleagues have loved it too.

Aleesa Drennen
Best Nerdy Necklace Ever

From a fantastic design, great craftsmanship, and quality materials this necklace is unbelievable. The best part is the center cover that pivots to reveal the interior of the virus. It is one of those necklaces that people just have to comment and ask about.

Louise Cunliffe
Brilliant stuff for nerdy girls, fabulous customer service

My order came quickly to the UK and was just as described. I made contact about ordering another chain and got an immediate response and solution. Thank you - I will be back!

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If you don't quite hit the $45 total, First Class delivery within the U.S. is $3.50 per order, and Priority is $8 per order. Gift boxes are ALWAYS included for orders within the U.S. Orders are processed and mailed within 2 business days. Near holidays, we often mail out same-day.

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International Shipping

All international orders are shipping in individual black velvet gift bags instead of gift boxes to cut shipping costs. Please see your country below for shipping options. We do not currently ship to the European Union. The customer is responsible for any VAT or import tax charges.

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GlobalPost Economy$20Less than 4 weeksTracks the entire delivery
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USPS First Class International$10    Up to 8 weeksTracks up to your country's border
GlobalPost Economy$20    Less than 4 weeks

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We do not currently ship to the European Union.


We are so sure that you (or your lucky gift recipient) will love our jewelry that we have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, even if you just decided it wasn't your style after all, simply mail back your undamaged, unworn jewelry and we will give you a full refund minus shipping. Check our reviews... our goal is to get ALL THE STARS. If you have any kind of problem with your order, please email us at maile@boutiqueacademia.com. We want all of our customers to be completely satisfied!