On the day that man first set foot on the moon my grandmother lamented. She worried that the mystique of the moon would be destroyed.  But, knowing that the moon is just a big rock orbiting around the earth doesn’t deprive us of our imagination, or desire to dream. Many cultures throughout history have honoured lunar deities – Isis, Luna, Diana, Kuu, and Meness, are but a few of the goddesses associated with the moon and the stars in the night sky. Our moon, with the complimentary twinkling of stars in the night sky, lures curious and romantic alike.  

“Once you’ve been in space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is.” – Valentina Tereshkova

Some of the incredible women who inspired me to create this collection are:

Valentina Tereshkova

At age 26, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on June 16, 1963, and orbited Earth 48 times.

Vera Rubin

In the early 1970s, Vera Rubin teamed up with astronomer Kent Ford to study the rotation of spiral galaxies. The group’s work provided the original proof of the existence of dark matter. Rubin received numerous awards and honours for helping decode how galaxies and the universe are formed.

Nancy Roman

Very early on Nancy Grace Roman dreamed of being an astronomer. She became the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA as chief of astronomy and crusaded to develop orbiting telescopes, including the Hubble and as such is often referred to as the Mother of the Hubble.

Margaret Geller

Margaret Geller works as a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Margaret’s goal is to map the structure of galaxies and the distribution of dark matter.

The Astra jewellery collection is inspired by the moon and stars in the night sky, lunar mythology, and women pioneers in the field of space exploration.

Sveiki!

I’m Karo, a jewellery designer + metalsmith inspired by women’s history, ancient Baltic/Nordic cultures, and the cosmos.

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