THE DNA OF YOU
A person’s DNA is what makes them unique. Whether you have blonde hair and are a violin prodigy, or have green eyes and an impulsive streak, your DNA is unlike anyone else’s, making you one-of-a-kind. Not only does DNA explain who you are now, but it also showcases where you came from. From the first settlers in the New World to legendary innovators in Europe, Asia, and more, DNA also has the power to connect families to their ancestors from centuries past, and discover meaningful connections they never knew they had.
Creating the beauty of genetic science - a whole new level of personalization. Our scientists integrate state-of-the-art instrumentation across all phases of laboratory processing to produce robust, repeatable and reliable genetic images. Lab work is always performed in-house, never outsourced, assuring continuous custody and control of your DNA sample along with the highest quality results. We could use scientific lab terms such as polymorphism, autosomes, or even mitochondrial DNA (always a crowd favorite at cocktail parties), but quite frankly we’re all about the sexy talk here at Truvalence Creations.
We apply superb creative artistry to each piece of DNA Jewelry. Our design studio works closely with our lab and uses the best in computer imaging technology. Each product is finished with the finest traditional handcraft and innovative digital processes. Think of it as Picasso meets Dr. Frankenstien and they got together to make some really cool jewelry. The goal is to bring out the singular, vivid personality of every subject.
We apply the most visually remarkable cross-section of a person’s unique DNA signature through a proprietary laser-engraving process. In other words, we make this look really freaking good. Science, art, and lasers. We pretty much work in a sci-fi action film. Looking to geek out even more on DNA? Check this out - DNA Education
WHY DNA RINGS
Your Promise Ring, Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring, or Anniversary Ring should symbolize the love and commitment you and your partner share – but we want it to be even more than that. By artfully engraving a segment of DNA on your Ring, you can keep the one you love close, always. A little piece of them forever at your fingertips. Plus, DNA Rings are uniquely made for each individual, so your Ring will literally be one-of-a-kind.
How do you collect my DNA?
Our DNA collection process is really easy – we promise. Once you place an order for a DNA Ring, we will mail you our DNA Kit. The Kit will include a swab for collecting the saliva sample (yeah it’s kind of icky), a pre-paid return envelope, and instructions. The whole thing only takes a couple of minutes and no needles are involved! Learn more.
How are DNA Rings made?
Your DNA Ring begins with a sample of your unique DNA. Once our scientists receive that, they use a combination of well-established techniques (RAPD PCR and Capillary Electrophoresis) to produce a TruDNA Image. This digital image is then given to our artists who choose the most interesting looking segment of the image to have engraved on your choice of metal. Wanna take a deeper dive and really geek out about the DNA process? Check out our DNA Education page.
Are the results and artwork on my DNA Ring truly unique?
Yes, absolutely. Your TruDNA Image is the result of lab techniques and processes where the final result is a one-of-a-kind piece of art that can never be duplicated. There can be only one image of you…and we’re going to keep it that way.
How do I know my TruDNA Image is actually mine?
Each DNA Kit that is sent out is labeled and barcoded with the information you provide to us, and that information is scanned and checked at multiple steps in our process. Just follow the instructions sent to you in the Kit; we promise, it's easy. However, if you mess things up, just reach out to us for a new Kit, which we can send to you ASAP. We'll also be more than happy to put you in touch with our 6'5", 350 lb Customer Service rep, Bruno, who does an exceptional job of encouraging people NOT to mess things up a second time. Mmmmk?
What does my TruDNA Image tell me about my genetic traits?
We know that DNA controls genetic traits like hair color and eye color and can be used to determine ancestry or even show an elevated risk for certain diseases. So do we have a decoder ring that will allow you to determine all these things from your TruDNA Image? No. No we do not. Why not? It all goes back to the primers (see DNA Education). To look for a specific genetic trait, say eye color, you need a very specific primer, with a long and complex code, that is custom-built to attach to the DNA only at the location that controls eye color. The result would be a single band in a single column – informative, but not very interesting to look at. The primers we use are designed to simply show a picture of your uniqueness that can be incorporated into your personalized Jewelry. They do not tell us what your hair color is or whether your temper is encoded in your genes.
Will my TruDNA Image tell me if I’m related to someone?
No. Again, this goes back to the primers. Genealogical DNA tests – to determine if you are related to someone – are very specifically designed to look at particular locations in the genome to determine ancestral relationships. We don’t use those primers, so we can’t tell you if you have a long-lost brother or if you really are related to that one royal family in Europe somewhere. Our primers are strictly for creating personalized Jewelry that represents you.
How long do you keep my DNA sample?
The short answer is: we don’t. Once we have processed your DNA sample and created your TruDNA Image, all swabs, samples, and extracted DNA are destroyed by beating the DNA into submission with a ball bat until it’s unrecognizable, setting the DNA on fire, taking whatever is left and rolling over it repeatedly with a truck, and finally putting the remaining debris into our never-before-seen, state-of-the-art ACME DNA Destroyer. Okay, actually it is destroyed using industry standard bio-hazard disposal procedures; but seriously though, who doesn’t want their very own ACME DNA Destroyer?
Is my DNA available for research or government use?
No. Absolutely not. First of all, we don’t keep your DNA (see above). Secondly, while we do store your TruDNA Image on our secure servers, these images are not publicly available. It’s also important to understand that your TruDNA Image holds no value for research purposes, nor for law enforcement. Because of the primers we use in our testing process, your TruDNA Image doesn’t contain any identifiable information about you, your health, or your ancestry – it is simply a beautiful blend of science and art that shows that you are uniquely you!