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1.1 New DNA Gift Kits for hair, fur, petal and leaf DNA Samples
< 1 > Ordering Process
Last updated: June 2020
Ordering Amula: Step-by-step
1. Select a style - there are 3 styles to choose from > AEON-O, AEON-SQ (Square) and OVAO
2. Checkout - select your method of payment and make sure to fill out the shipping details > * Enter code AMULA2020 to receive 40% off + Free Shipping (calculated at the end of the Checkout process) * Valid until July 31st 2020, subject to change without notice
3. We'll be in touch with you to:
- confirm your shipping info
- confirm your order details - such as,
- "Do you want a DNA Gift Kit?"
- "Would you like a Customized Amula Gift Card?"
- "How can we help you to customize Amula?"
- walk you through the DNA sample collection process
- assign you an order and sample number
- share with you next steps
Amula in NYC: Covid-19 and Protests
We value the trust and support you place with us to create Amula, as a personalized capsule of DNA in celebration of your life's memories and meanings during these uncertain times.
The following changes have been made to reduce non-essential outings to ensure the health and safety of you and everyone involved in making Amula possible:
New DNA Gift Kits for hair, fur, petals and leaf samples.
Amula's new DNA Gift Kits are for the collection of hair, fur, petals or leaf samples - and contain a barcoded resealable silver mylar envelope, information and images about Amula, plus instructions about sending samples, and a gift card for you to write a message.
If you have our previous kit for the sampling of DNA from cheek cells, you have the option to receive a new DNA Gift Kit or to follow the Amula Online DNA Sample Guidelines (see last entry below) and send us samples directly.
The option to send us samples directly without the DNA Gift Kit was designed to avoid a non-essential trip to the post office and for those interested in receiving Amula as quickly as possible. Please be in touch with us so that we can guide you through the process.
What does it mean to have the choice to send hair, fur, petal and leaf samples to us directly?
Ordering Amula without a DNA Gift Kit = sending samples to us directly = faster delivery time.
For example, a scenario that you might select this option for, is that the necklace is for yourself, so you don't need a DNA Gift Kit.
* All Amula styles are are the same price whether or not you would like to have the DNA Gift Kit.
We confirm whether or not you would like to receive a DNA Gift Kit when we contact you to review your order details and assign you a sample and order number (* these numbers are different). This option does not appear in the Online Ordering and Checkout process.
Sending us the DNA sample directly, shortens the processing time, by cutting out the shipping time that it would take for you to: receive the DNA Gift Kit from us, take the DNA sample using the kit, and then make the trip to the post office to send the sample back to us.
However, even if this is a gift for someone, you might be interested to select this option of sending us the sample directly; because your priority may be to receive Amula as soon as possible.
In this case, we can send you a Customized Amula Gift Card with their name, sharing what Amula is, details of the ordering process, with a space for you to hand write a message (or we can include a message from you), and leave you a space to sign or add a special note. Have an idea? We're here to work with you to make Amula a truly personalized experience. Say hello@amulaDNA.com
Discount code = AMULA2020 to receive 40% off + Free Shipping
* Valid until July 31st 2020 - subject to change without notice
We're deeply grateful during these uncertain times, to continue operations in offering Amula as a way to memorialize and celebrate all that brings you joy and strength.
As this time of great change has settled in, we've been working together with our vendors and partners to rethink our operations in the interest of safety and accessibility for you and everyone involved in making Amula possible.
In the process, we've been able to make some lasting changes that not only further minimize our carbon footprint through changes and reductions in material and shipping costs, but choices that have streamlined operations that enable us to be flexible.
During these challenging times, we deeply value your support.
In gratitude, we're offering 40% off + Free Shipping on all orders. Please use the code AMULA2020 ~ Free Shipping will automatically be applied at Checkout. Thank-you.
How long does it take to receive the finished Amula pendant?
Processing times are dependent on: (1) when we receive your DNA sample(s), (2) if the DNA samples have been taken correctly, (3) if there are no complications with the quality of the DNA, (4) when you confirm your order, (5) the number of DNA samples you'd like to place in one necklace, (6) the volume of orders being processed during that time - for example Valentines is a busy time, and (7) where you would like us to send your DNA necklace.
It's important to us to make Amula truly an expression of you, and we value the time spent understanding your requests and coming up with possible solutions. We value the trust you place in us to create a capsule that contains the tangible and intangible elements of your life's memories and meanings.
4-6 weeks is a good timeframe to keep in mind for this entire process. Please keep in mind that factors such as the postal service can affect this timeframe, and because we are located in New York City, there may be unforeseen complications due to Covid-19 and protests. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding during this time.
< 2 > Customizing Amula
- I want to order one Amula Necklace with more than two DNA samples in one capsule.
- I want to order two or more Amula Necklaces with the same DNA sample(s).
- I want to create a custom design.
- I want to put ashes in the Amula capsule.
For these and other customization options, we ask that you please contact us at hello@amulaDNA.com
It's important to us to make Amula truly an expression of you, and we value the time spent understanding your requests and coming up with possible solutions. We value the trust you place in us to create a capsule that contains your life's memories and meanings.
< 3 > How do I take care of my Amula DNA Necklace? How long will the DNA last?
Enjoy your AMULA DNA Necklace forever, if you:
- take it off when you play sports, shower, are in a jacuzzi or steam room, or swim in the ocean or pool
- keep it away from perfume or cologne
- take care to prevent the glass capsule from breaking (we use lab quality glass because of it's clarity and scratch resistance, but if the glass capsule breaks, don't worry, the liquid inside is ethanol)
DNA samples are processed for the purpose of being encapsulated in to a solid to be placed in to glass capsules that are embedded in Amula pendants. Every DNA Gift Kit and order is barcoded, that we then link to your contact information and order details (such as necklace style and number of DNA samples).
We keep this information for our internal records and separate your personal information from the DNA sample(s) before being prepared for processing. We request that all DNA Kits must be returned to us with a shipment tracking number, as we cannot be responsible for their loss.
All order information and DNA samples collected will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, disclosed to third parties or reused, and used solely for the purpose of filling your order. We do not store DNA samples.
< 5 > Warranty
We want you to love Amula.
If you should discover that there is something wrong with your Amula DNA Necklace, please take and send few detailed photos to hello@amulaDNA.com with a description of the issue. We will review the situation, reply with a Case Number and next steps.
The Warranty can only be honored by returning the necklace to us. We cannot honor the Warranty for lost or stolen necklaces, or necklaces that have been deliberately tampered with. All associated shipping costs with the replacement of Amula items are the responsibility of the Customer, unless the situation is a direct result of our mishandling.
< 6 > What materials are Amula DNA Necklaces made of?
Amula designs are made of: stainless steel for durability; glass for visibility and scratch resistance of the capsule that contains ethanol for the DNA samples; a silicone cap and epoxy to seal the capsule of DNA.
These materials are durable, sustainable, and enable us to offer you designs that will look the way they did the day you received them for years to come. Materials such as stone and wood that evolve with touch are being experimented with for upcoming collections.
< 7 > Amula Online DNA Sample Guidelines
Amula extracts and processes DNA from samples of hair, fur, petals and leaves. Fewer non-essential trips right now, helps reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19, so we now have the option to send us samples directly.
For hair and fur samples, it's important that you send us strands that have the root (the follicle that is at the base of the hair when it is pulled out). There is a much higher concentration of DNA here. You can find these strands in a hair or fur brush. We ask that you send us a densely rolled up ball of hair or fur the size of a 25 cent American coin.
For petals and leaf samples, they can be fresh or dry. Young petals and leaves are best since it is easier to break the DNA down in these 'softer' fibers.
Please send us samples via a secure method with a tracking number, folded flat in a tissue, with your name, address, mobile # and email address on a piece of paper in the envelope. Please send us an email with this information so that we can track your sample. Once received, we will assign you an order number and barcode for your sample(s).
We value your privacy, so the order number and barcode is our way of maintaining your privacy by making your samples anonymous throughout the processing procedure between our studio and the lab.
* We're not able to process wood at this time.
Have more questions? Say hello@amulaDNA.com