The origin of the elements

The elements from the periodic table existed long before our solar system, planet Earth and life evolved. In the core of stars, a process called nuclear fusion fuses the lighter elements, such as hydrogen and helium, into heavier ones. When larger stars die in an event called a supernova, the elements created inside are returned to the cosmos, where they form new stars like the Sun and earth-like planets.

Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev

Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist who is the founder of the modern periodic table of the elements. Mendeleev formulated the periodic law and used it to correct the properties of some already discovered elements. He was also able to predict the properties of elements yet to be discovered. Dmitri Mendeleev is therefore considered to be the ‘father’ of the periodic table of the elements.

The periodic table of the elements

The periodic table is a tabular arrangement of the 118 chemical elements discovered so far. They are ordered by their atomic number, electron configuration, and recurring chemical properties. The organization of the elements can be used to derive relationships between the various element properties, but also to predict properties and behaviours of newly synthesised elements. Today it is one of the most important icons of modern science.

Stardust Elements

Stardust Elements presents a periodic table display case containing a collection of pure element samples. The product is intended for schools, universities, scientists, museums, chemical companies and everyone with an interest in chemistry and natural science. Carl Sagan’s legendary words “We are made of starstuff” from the popular television series Cosmos, inspired us to develop the Stardust periodic table of the elements.


The Stardust periodic table of the elements is primarily developed for educational purposes. Holding the fundamental building blocks of nature is inspirational and makes it easier to understand the underlying theory. Every chemistry student should see the elements in reality at least once. Our element collection is the logical starting point from which students can build an interest in chemistry and other natural sciences.

Chemical element samples

The periodic table is an arrangement of 118 elements. From the 92 naturally occurring elements a maximum of 84 can be presented safely and attractively. The elements included are carefully selected based on safety, looks, purity and value. The elements are stored inside a borosilicate glass vial with a teflon (PTFE) cap. The remaining elements are impossible to include.

Safety First!

The Stardust Elements periodic table is sold both with and without 20 hazardous elements. The quantities of the hazardous elements are kept to a minimum and stored inside vials which are permanently sealed and labeled. Hazardous elements are only sold to people with a background in chemistry or any other natural science. The display case includes safety instructions.


The Stardust Elements display case is shipped without hazardous elements. They are shipped separately because we must comply with the hazardous material shipment regulations. The shipping costs depend on the destination and inclusion of the hazardous elements. The delivery time will be approximately six weeks. Please contact us for further details.


The price of the Stardust Elements periodic table display case is € 2.450,- excluding 20 hazardous elements and € 2.750,- including 20 hazardous elements. Prices are excluding VAT and shipping. The prices can vary due to fluctuations in the market prices for (precious) metals. Please contact us if you have any specific requirements or would like a quotation.