About us

Maile UrbancicHi! I'm Maile Urbancic, founder and CEO of Boutique Academia. My background is in math, educational psychology, and community organizing. Boutique Academia opened for business in November of 2010, at the forefront of the STEM jewelry movement. A while back I published a Medium article about our origin story:
"When I started my business, Boutique Academia, I was determined to fight against stereotype threat and the subtle bias that suggests that math is for boys. I decided to do this by deliberately combining traditionally feminine objects (jewelry) with images, messages, and symbols from STEM disciplines. My goal has been to create wearable art that both inspires the wearer and sends the visual message that femininity and STEM are completely compatible." (read more here)

Back in 2010, the idea of science and math themed jewelry was very fringe. Over the past few years, the concept has started to gain momentum, with an outpouring of creativity at the intersection of STEM themes and aesthetics. It's been fascinating and wonderful to watch it happen! It has also helped us stay on our game of offering the largest, most diverse selection of math & science jewelry, and providing excellent customer service. I am proud of the reviews we receive (see the "REVIEWS" tab on the side of the screen) --- we definitely aim for 100% customer satisfaction.

I love collaborating with bloggers, journalists, and science communicators! Just send me an email at maile@boutiqueacademia.com and let's talk. I've also had pieces featured in various television shows, including The Big Bang Theory and others. If you're a costume designer looking for something science-perfect for your cast, contact me!

I'm also a big believer in community giving, so we support many causes related to STEM education. Boutique Academia has created fundraisers for open-source computer labs, crisis intervention, hygiene initiatives to keep girls in school, and The Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching. We also regularly donate pieces for school auctions and STEM club fundraisers. This year we are sponsoring the regional fair pin exchange at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair

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For Artists

Although I conceive of or design many of the items we carry, we also have a group of talented artists specializing in various mediums who implement the designs. I spend a lot of time searching for other pieces that combine academic themes with beautiful or creative presentation. If you make something that you think would be a good fit with our collections, send me an email with photos and your wholesale policies:  maile@boutiqueacademia.com

Carrying Boutique Academia Jewelry

In addition to selling online, Boutique Academia has been helping museums, bookstores, gift shops, and boutiques offer beautiful academic jewelry to their customers since 2011. Our jewelry is available for purchase at the following locations. If you would like to know more about carrying our designs, send us a wholesale inquiry

We have received an enthusiastic reception online...here are some articles that have been written about us over the years. If you are a blogger and would like to do a review or write an article, let us know what we can do to help: maile@boutiqueacademia.com.