Equator Necklace - Distance measured in Beads
The Equator - Latitude 0
Necklace - Distance measured in Beads
1 bead = ~50 miles / 80.5 kilometers
Welcome to Latitude 0 - also known as The Equator!
This string of beads shows a "slice" of the world,
along Latitude 0, the Equator,
crossing through a diverse selection of terrain and civilizations.
Distances are roughly proportional,
with each bead representing approximately 50 miles / 80.5 kilometers
of Great Circle distance.
Water, Land, and Cities are marked on the necklace,
creating a wearable map:
a bare-bones geolocation device built with stone-age technology.*
Water is represented by shiny deep blue glass beads.
Land is a combination of frosted green glass,
in spring green and evergreen shades,
with natural stone beads marking the mountains
and changes in elevation.
Cities are marked with shiny dichroic glass beads:
this necklace includes densely-populated cities
on or near The Equator.
If you would like any other cities marked,
please mention it in the "note to seller" area!
A magnetic clasp snaps the necklace together at Longitude 180,
the International Date Line over the Pacific Ocean.
If you would like to mark a special location on the necklace,
I can add a decorative copper bead at the location of your choice:
just send a conversation through Etsy, and let me know where you want it!
This necklace is part of the "Latitudes" series,
necklaces and bracelets depicting Latitudes of the North and South:
the Equator, 15 North/South, 30 North/South, 45 North/South,
60 North/South, and 75 North/South.
(as seen in last 2 pictures above)
*Not for use in actual Land or Sea Navigation.
The Equator features the following landmarks:
Isla Isabella, Galapagos Islands
Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Angumu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bulambo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kabu patu, Borneo
Irian Jaya Islands
International Date Line (clasp)
Length: 34.5 inches / 87 centimeters
Designer: Laura Cesari for Chain of Being - Spring 2011
Based on a pattern from Nature & Civilization
Translating latitudes into beads is absolutely fascinating:
I would love to make them all!
Please send a note through Etsy Conversations
if you would like any particular Latitude or Longitude represented in beads.
Please see our "Latitude & Longitude" section for more:
-- Read more about us! --
Interview with The Planetary Society:
"The Solar System, in Jewelry Form"
Interview with Craftzine:
"Artist Explores Universe through Solar System Necklaces"
Solar System Necklace in "Best of MAKE: 2010":
More info & updates!
Shipping from United States
Estimated shipping times
- North America : 1 - 5 business days
- Europe : 1 - 2 weeks
- Australia, New Zealand and Oceania : 1 - 2 weeks
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Customs and import taxes
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Returns & Exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
- Custom or personalized orders
- Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Questions about your order?
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! The Original MiniVerse Proportional Solar System Jewelry!
Hooray! You've found the original proportional Solar System Jewelry featured by The Planetary Society, NASA, and NPR's Science Friday!
As with any famous or successful design, please beware of low-quality fakes, counterfeits, and knock-offs.
In 2010, NASA made a tutorial from our MiniVerse Necklace, and our kit won the Maker Faire Blue Ribbon! Since then, we've seen cheap knock-offs of the design, often copying our name "MiniVerse", without permission. We are not affiliated with these sellers, and cannot provide any guarantees or customer service for their products.
Here's where you can find our original pieces:
- Our Etsy shop: chainofbeing.etsy.com
- Our Amazon shop: www.amazon.com/shops/chainofbeing
- Our Website: chainofbeing.us
Custom and personalized orders
We take requests!
Please ask about custom designs, custom lengths, or custom clasps.
We can make any size bracelet, to fit anyone!
Send a conversation through Etsy or at checkout,
if you need a specialized length or clasp for any item.
Most necklaces can be made as a bracelet or anklet, and vice versa, and most items can be made with a lobster-claw or toggle clasp.
Please note that custom orders may take up to an additional 1-2 weeks.
Please note, if you order a regular item and then ask for a customization, your item will be considered a custom item and will take up to an additional 2 weeks to complete.
We use durable, high-quality Jeweler's-grade beads and wire.
We test everything, and our jewelry should last a long time under normal fashion jewelry wear conditions.
But, please note, our items are not "indestructible" :)
We recommend removing your jewelry before bathing, swimming, sports, or any activity that will place unusual stress on your jewelry.
These items are not designed to go in the washing machine, dryer, microwave, or dishwasher.
These items are not designed to be load-bearing (please do not hang anything from them or tie them around something).
Bulk Discounts & Wholesale
We can often give a discount if you are buying 3 or more of the same item.
Please send a conversation through Etsy if you are looking for a wedding set, a group costume, or a small number of items for a special occasion.
Most items are available Wholesale in lots of 20 or more,
please send a message via Etsy if you are interested in Wholesale orders.
Gift wrapping and packaging
Each item includes a small folding card with a description of the item and space to write.
Most items are shipped in a small cardboard jewelry box, stamped with our logo.
Please send us a note if you would like to include a gift message with your order!
Materials & Variations
We use high-quality Natural Gemstones for all our Planets! Please expect variations in Gemstone texture and color. We do not use dyed gems. We prioritize quality and color rather than needing to find a specific gem.
All other beads, such as the spacer beads, Sun, and some of the small rings, are high-quality colorfast glass, glass/stone composite, or mother-of-pearl.
Occasional variations in stones, clasps & findings may occur, based on trends and availability.
Our materials are all non-toxic and comply with California's strict Proposition 65 safe materials standards - hooray!
*We can’t always rush items, but we’ll try!*
If you need something to arrive by a certain date,
such as a birthday, holiday, anniversary, or special occasion,
please let us know and we'll do our best to get it there on time.
(Please note, we do not “expedite” orders - your order will still be processed in the order received.)
We thank you in advance for your patience!
We are a small, 2-person shop,
and we make everything ourselves,
so our process can be delayed
by emergencies and unforeseen events,
competition between in-person and online sales,
or high volumes of orders due to good reviews and holidays.
If for some reason your order is delayed,
we will do our best to contact you as soon as we can.
Other things called Chain of Being
We are not affiliated with any other companies, entities, or religions that use or have used the phrase Chain of Being.
As we mentioned in our description above, the name is a pun about science and jewelry. It is based on ancient philosophical texts that are part of the public domain. If other people are using or have used the phrase for other purposes, correctly or otherwise, it is without our approval, support, or association.
We do not support or ally ourselves with any other companies, entities, or religions using the phrase Chain of Being, correctly or otherwise, now or throughout any time in history.
Jul 24, 2019
The seller was very cooperative about adding extra cities to the necklace. It arrived neatly packed with a list of all the cities that are included. The necklace makes a beautiful and meaningful gift!
Apr 12, 2018
Wow! Really beautiful necklace and such a clever idea! Initial confusion over ship date threatened an on time arrival but Laura was very responsive and mailed via Priority Mail for an on time delivery. This will be a birthday gift - cannot wait to see my friends reaction!