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ethanol charm necklace


ethanol - spirits

Ethanol is the drinking alcohol so ubiquitous in many human cultures, and people have been making and imbibing it for at least 9,000 years. In our brains, ethanol increases levels of the neurotransmitters GABA (relaxation), serotonin (happiness), and dopamine (reward pathway).

In beverages, alcohol is made by yeast, the same or very similar yeasts that are used in bread-making. A slice of bread and mug of cider, both yeast products, were central to the early farming societies. More than just bring tasty and psychoactive, alcohol in beverages served to purify and preserve drinking water.

In our modern culture, ethanol can be important in bonding rituals between friends and also provides a foundation for much creativity in molecular gastronomy kitchens. Additionally, ethanol also is a very useful solvent and fuel.

This design is a bit different than the rest of the MWM collection. It is based on a space-filling, rather than the ball-and-stick, style of representing molecules. The result is a cute, bubbly structure somewhat resembling a balloon poodle.

The solid sterling silver ethanol charm is about .5 inch long and strung on a solid sterling silver ball chain, either 16, 18, or 24 inches long. The chain closes with a spring ring clasp. It comes packaged in a cute gift box with a little card explaining the design.