SOMA Spools - Turkish Purple Jade

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SOMA is a science fiction inspired ear spool style with an interactive literary side project. Customers who purchase this style will have the opportunity to submit ideas that influence the fictional backstory of the objects known as S.O.M.A. More information about the fictional story can be found here.

This pair's inlay is Turkish Purple Jade. It also ships with a free Pelican brand case with custom foam for storage and travel.

Technical details: 

  • Wearable from 22mm and up
  • A weight of ~68g each in bronze and ~80 in silver
  • Cast from yellow silicon bronze
  • Available in sterling silver as a custom order (increases cost dramatically)
  • Available with or without stone inlay

SOMA is designed to be heavy, yet stable. A unique oval shaped wear surface combined with very large flares allows for flexibility and comfort. This oval permits SOMA to be worn in two directions depending on what is more comfortable. It also makes it possible, combined with the triangular flares, for someone with lobes at 22mm to insert a 31mm x 6mm flare - a feat that looks impossible at first glance. Visit the SOMA blog post for a thorough explanation of the benefits of this oval wear surface.

The shape of SOMA draws inspiration from the Reuleaux Triangle (Wikipedia), a form I sketched for years before realizing it had a name and some interesting mathematical properties. In a somewhat compulsive effort, I've designed up to 32 of these triangles into one pair of SOMA spools. It occurs the most in the variation without inlays, but even the inlays themselves share this triangle shape.


The Story of S.O.M.A.

I'm a closet sci-fi addict, and this project is inspired by my love for reimagining the present and designing the future. I've been making jewelry for 15 years, and it's nice to have some play time mixed in. We're going to give this project an imagination injection.

My original goal was to write a fictional story about the origins of the object "SOMA" (which is an acronym). I proposed the story to Onetribe manager Amanda, and she came up with a brilliant idea: Could we make this interactive? What if our customers could provide input on the story? We're going to take that concept and run with it.

I have alluded to the story in social media posts but shared only fragments. Here's the most important part so far:

“I’ve heard there are others,” he said. “This is all my crew found, but other harvesters found similar artifacts in low orbit. They glimmer like nothing else.” I traded for all he had - 14 in total. They were of little value compared to the tech and rare elements they gathered for sale, so his crew kept them. Fortunately, he considered the objects a simple novelty, and I was able to trade more familiar artifacts and all of my travel cash for them. Some look to be empty or unused. Some have a gem-like structure entrapped on one side. Those feel different, especially against the skin. Alive in some sense. A few appear to be used up and show an odd vortex on both sides. They all share the same repeating triangular pattern. Fractals and that kind of scaling repetition come to mind. The longer I study them, I am convinced that they were not made but rather self-organized. I have been obsessed and reclusive, thinking about them nonstop. Measuring, sketching, holding. With no other indication of what they are, I’ve dubbed them “Self-Organizing Metallic Array” - S.O.M.A.

This narrative takes place after I have acquired a group of unknown objects collected in low orbit during the "mining" of space junk. It sets the scene with a name, describes them physically, and hints at the idea that I might be getting a little obsessed (totally true).

Plot twist: the beginning of the story will only be told, at first, to the customers who purchase the remaining six pairs of SOMA. Twelve pieces plus the two I own make 14, which is the first casting run and the initial number I acquire from a "harvester" in the story.

These customers will receive more of the story in the form of a letter where I confide in them and request help to identify the objects. They are welcome to email or mail back ideas (or not, there is no obligation) about where these objects came from, what they are, any effect they have on humans, etc. Short, long, bulleted list, full-blown story segment, whatever works best. I will take these responses into account and continue narrating the story. It will grow, and the backstory may evolve if it makes for a more cohesive experience. After the initial group, I will make the story public and allow more input as additional pairs sell. It ends when it ends :)

If I use any of your ideas or suggestions, you'll be credited (or listed anonymously by order number, your preference) on the story page. I may also send you a coupon or some other gesture of thanks for participating. For the sake of simplicity, legality, and the very slim chance that I can put my kid through college with it, the story belongs to me. Whether it's an embarrassing trainwreck or a literary masterpiece, I will own the rights to the submissions and the final work.


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Sizing Chart
Size chart includes the sizes we make, and default flare size & wearing lengths.
We are happy to make pieces in odd sizes or with custom flares or wearing lengths.
Jewelry Size Flare Size Wearing Length
1.0mm (18g) 1-1.5mm 9mm
1.3mm (16g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
1.5mm (14g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
2.0mm (12g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
2.5mm (10g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
3.0mm (8g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
4.0mm (6g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
5.0mm (4g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
6.0mm
1-1.5mm
9mm
6.5mm (2g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
7.0mm (1g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
8.0mm (0g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
9.0mm (00g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
10mm
1-1.5mm
10mm
11mm (7/16")
1-1.5mm
10mm
12mm
1-1.5mm
10mm
13mm (1/2")
1-1.5mm
10mm
14mm (9/16")
1-1.5mm
10mm
15mm
1-1.5mm
10mm
16mm (5/8")
1-1.5mm
10mm
17mm (11/16")
1-1.5mm
10mm
18mm
1-1.5mm
10mm
19mm (3/4")
1-1.5mm
11mm
20mm (13/16")
1-1.5mm
11mm
21mm
1-1.5mm
11mm
22mm (7/8")
1-1.5mm
11mm
23mm
1-1.5mm
11mm
24mm (15/16")
1-1.5mm
11mm
25mm
1-1.5mm
11mm
26mm (1")
1-1.5mm
11mm
27mm (1 1/16")
1-1.5mm
12mm
28mm
1-1.5mm
12mm
29mm (1 1/8")
1-1.5mm
12mm
30mm (1 3/16")
1-1.5mm
12mm
31mm
1-1.5mm
12mm
32mm (1 1/4")
1-1.5mm
12mm
33mm (1 5/16")
1-1.5mm
12mm
34mm
1-1.5mm
12mm
35mm (1 3/8") 
1-1.5mm
12mm
36mm
1-1.5mm
12mm
37mm (1 7/16")
1-1.5mm
12mm
38mm (1 1/2") 1.5-2mm 13mm
39mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
40mm (1 9/16")
1.5-2mm
13mm
41mm (1 5/8")
1.5-2mm
13mm
42mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
43mm (1 11/16")
1.5-2mm
13mm
44mm (1 3/4")
1.5-2mm
13mm
45mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
46mm (1 13/16")
1.5-2mm
13mm
47mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
48mm (1 7/8")
1.5-2mm
13mm
49mm (1 15/16")
1.5-2mm
13mm
50mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
51mm (2")
1.5-2mm
13mm

Wearing length is the area of the jewelry that fits inside your piercing. 

Overall length (sometimes confused with wearing length) is the total measurement of the jewelry from face to face, including any additional flare or face area.

Diagram of jewelry styles with wearing length marked in green and overall length marked in red.

1. Flat face double flared plug. Wearing length is measured from the inside of the flare edges. Overall length is measured from face to face.

2. Convex face double flared plug. Wearing length is measured from the inside of the flare edges. Overal length is measured from face to face.

3. Flat face double flared plug with flat flares. Wearing length is measured from inside the flare edges (the piercing cannot rest on the flat flare areas). Overall length is measured face to face.

4. Trumpet flare style plug. The dotted line denotes where the wearing surface ends on the front, because the larger portion of the slope cannot fit inside the piercing. Wearing surface is measured from inside the rear flare edge to the area on the front flare with the same diameter measurement. Overall length is measured from face to face.

5. Sloped single flare plug. Wearing length is measured from where the slope of the flare ends to the end of the plug. Overall length is measured from face to face.

6. Top-hat style single flare with convex face. Wearing length is measured from the inside flare corner to the end of the plug. Overall length is measured from face to face.

7. Top-hat style single flare with curved rear. Wearing length is measured from the inside flare corner to the beginning of the curve (the piercing cannot rest on the slope). Overall length is measured from face to face.

8. Top-hat style single flare with groove for an o-ring. Wearing length is measured from the inside flare corner to the groove (the piercing cannot rest on the groove). Overall length is measured from face to face.

9. Labret (round or oval) with a standard concave t-back. Wearing length is measured from where the wearing shaft meets the wing to the end of the flat portion (the piercing cannot rest on the slope).

Overall length is always longer than the wearing surface because it includes other sections of the jewelry that do not rest inside the piercing. If you are ordering a piece of jewerly and you specify an overall length instead of a wearing length, your jewelry will not fit properly. Order using "overall length" at your own risk. Knowing your ideal wearing length, which can change as you stretch your piercings, ensures you're able to order jewelry that will fit well from every vendor, every time.

Return Policy

We want you to be happy with your purchase! If you can't wear our jewelry, then we've our wasted precious time and material, and nobody is happy. Contact us immediately about any issues and we'll see what we can do for you.

Our products are shipped sealed in clear plastic, and it's possible view all aspects of the jewelry without opening this plastic. Please examine your jewelry closely. Once you open the plastic, we can no longer accept a return or exchange. No exceptions.

If your jewelry arrives damaged, that's on us.

We will replace (if possible), substitute (with your permission), or refund (last resort) your order.

If your jewelry was made with the wrong specifications, and the specifications you provided meet our sizing guidelines, we'll make it right.

However, we cannot be held responsible for misunderstandings related to size conversions or how to measure wearing length or flare sizes. We provide a size guide on each product page for your convenience.

If your jewelry is not to your liking aesthetically, let's talk.

Please understand that we are working with natural materials that vary in color, pattern, and texture not just between tree to tree or stone to stone, but within the same piece of material. We take detailed product photos, and clearly explain each piece. We encourage you to learn about the materials and styles, and ask any questions you might have. We cannot promise very specific color requests, patterns, etc. If we have not disclosed something, or we come to agree that we have not accurately described what you've purchased, we will work with you to make it right.

Restocking Fee

We charge a restocking fee on pieces we have made to your specifications. We are open to reducing the restocking fee on returns if you opt for store credit rather than a refund.

For stocked and made-to-order items without custom specifications there is no fee!

For made-to-order items with custom specifications and custom orders cancelled before completion the fee is 20% of the jewelry cost.

The fee for custom specifications and custom orders is because the jewelry was made to fit you specifically, and/or because we have corresponded, booked time in our custom queue, done sketches, cut and prepared materials, etc.

Jewelry Damage/Replacement

We guarantee our jewelry to be free from manufacturing defects, but we can make no guarantees about materials due to the unpredictability of natural materials. If there is an issue resulting from the production process (workmanship) we'll make it right and repair or replace as necessary.

Once jewelry has been removed from our sealed plastic packaging, we have no control over the storage conditions or handling of your jewelry, and we cannot be held responsible for any damage.

If your jewelry requires basic repairs due to accidental damage, we're happy to work with you to make sure you have something wearable. We will, at our discretion, and at no cost to you, repair by means of sanding, shaping, or polishing to make a piece safe to wear. This may not "fix" aesthetic issues but will remove sharp edges. Shipping both ways is your responsibility.

If your jewelry cannot be repaired, we're happy to work with you on options for replacement.