Welcome to my web-site with handmade science inspired silver jewelry!
On this site you will find a selection of silver jewelry designed and made by me, Karin Valegård. January 2013 I started my business Valegård Design. I only work with Sterling Silver (silver 925) and fine silver (silver 999), sometimes combined with gold. All my jewelry is handmade and may vary slightly in design. Each jewelry is unique.
I am protein crystallographer, ie I determine the three-dimensional structure of proteins using X-ray crystallography. Proteins are molecules composed of amino acids in a long chain. They have many different functions depending on how the chain is folded. I love and I am very fascinated of protein structures. The schematic form is a jewel in itself and a few years ago I started to form protein structures in thin silver wire. I gave the first silver protein to my PhD student on her doctoral dissertation. I have continued to make different kinds of proteins in silver wire, as necklace or earrings. On my web-side I show myoglobin, the first protein structure determined at the end of the 1950s, various protein hormones, the DNA-helix and bacteriorhodopsin, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017. I’ve been selling my silver creations at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm and Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala since 2014. This is a perfect piece of silver jewelry for you who are looking for a different gift.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
All silver jewelry is labeled VALE and the silver stamp 925 (Sterling Silver 925).
July 2019, “Silver jewelry inspired by science”, Galleri Upsala, Uppsala
April 2019, SciCruise, Stockholm-Turko
April 2019, GE Healthcare, Boländerna, Uppsala
March 2019, Uppsala Business Park, Uppsala
March 2019, SciFest, Uppsala
November 2018, GE Healthcare, Boländerna, Uppsala
November 2018, Uppsala Business Park, Uppsala
September 2018, Ulva market, Uppsala
April 2018, SciCruise, Stockholm-Turko
March 2018, SciFest, Uppsala
December 2017, Wallenberg Center for Molecule Medicine symposium, Linköping
Juni 2017, Structure biology conference, Tällberg
November 2016, “All light on Uppsala”, Galleri Upsala, Uppsala
September 2016, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala
April 2016, Medical Products Agency, Uppsala
October 2015, “Light at Gallery Upsala”, Galleri Upsala, Uppsala
Från proteinkristallograf till silversmed (Tid & Smycken, nr1, 2019)
Dopamin – nu som smycke (Parkinsonjournalen, nr 1, 2019)
Silversmed avslöjar kristallers hemligheter (Universen, 2014)
- My Art Factory, Trozelligatan 30 (www.myartfactory.se)
- Galleri Sjöhästen, Stora Torget 1 (www.gallerisjohasten.net)
- Nobelmuseet, Stortorget 2 (nobelcenter.se/visit-the-museum/store)
- Stickspåret, Godsmagasinet, Roslagsgatan 1 (www.sticksparet.se/designbutiken)
- Museum Gustavianum, Akademigatan 3 (www.gustavianum.uu.se
- Atlas Guld, Dragarbrunnsgatan 37 (www.atlasguld.com)
- Molecular Dimensions Ltd (https://www.moleculardimensions.com/products/c585-Structure-Jewellery/)
- American Swedish Insitute (https://www.asimn.org/visit/asi-museum-store-your-destination-unique-nordic-gifts)