Geek Glam: Gemstone Jewelry Holds a Million Digits of Pi


NEW YORK, Aug 27, 2013/ — Pi is arguably the most famous mathematical constant. The rate of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, its approximate value is 3.14159, the one we remember the most from our math classes.

But, 3.14159 is not entirely accurate. Pi is an irrational number, so its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a repeating pattern. While some computers have gone farther, it is now possible to search the first 2 billion digits of pi digitally online. (

And in this era where Big Bang Theory is the most watched comedy, Nanojems, a Reno-based microfabrication firm is celebrating the inner geek in all of us by engraving the first million digits of pi on sapphire crystal with gold.

The engraving contains 200 times more digits than any other known engraving and is a landmark feat for the never-ending constant. The characters are so small that two digits can be etched on the end of a human hair.

This is the first prototype by Nanojems for a Kickstarter project, which faces a deadline of 1 pm, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to meet its funding goal. The aim of the project is to create unprecedented collectables as well as to debut an artistic medium that can be used for custom pieces such as personalized Facebook and Instagram gems, legacy jewelry and intricate multidimensional wall art.

“Pi is not just another number,” says Jesse Adams, Ph.D., co-founder of the startup that has expanded its artistic media by engraving the first million digits of pi on sapphire with gold. “The number is awe-inspiring, really. When you discover that your phone number, birthday, and full words and documents are already contained somewhere in pi, that’s pretty amazing.”

Scott MacDonald, a Las Vegas math teacher and backer of the Nanojems project, says, “I have not been so excited about a Kickstarter before. I’m getting married on Pi Day 2015: 3/14/15!”

Other pi lovers are preparing already for the once-in-a-lifetime Pi Day of 2015, where at 9:26:53 in the morning, the date and time will contain over 10 digits of pi in sequence. (

While today’s announcement is cause for celebration by lovers of the infinite number pi, it also is the unveiling of a new artistic concept for displaying images, creating images within images and adorning rings, pendants and charms.