juno goddess pendant with moonstone

by Mary Steratore
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The Feminine Mystique

In ancient Rome, the goddess Juno was a natural leader. She was considered the special protector and advisor to the Roman government. But as wife to Jupiter, and mother of the gods Vulcan and Mars, she was also considered the patron of marriage and childbirth.

Mary Steratore pays tribute to Juno's feminine divinity with this extraordinary necklace. Her symbol was the peacock, and in this sculptural silver pendant, Juno's face peeks out behind a peacock with feathers that flow down like her hair. It's paired with a small round charm of moonstone—a stone traditionally associated with opening the creative vision of the mind. The stone is hand cut and mounted in silver. Steratore's necklaces are truly global creations: the molds are made in Italy, the silver charms are cast in Thailand, the semi-precious stone charms are made in India, and the silver ball chain is made in USA.

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Handmade
Exclusive
Item ID
21945
Made from
sterling silver, moonstone
Measurements
Pendant: 1.25" L x .75" W; Chain: 16" L (extendable to 18")
Notes
Clean with silver polish
  • the maker

Mary Steratore

It can be quite daunting trading one career for another, especially when there are PhD's involved. But for Mary Steratore, it led to the realization of true artistic expression. Leaving archaeology to create her own fine art, Steratore settled in Rome where her paintings and sculptures were well-received. After showing her work all over Italy and the US, she developed a new line of jewelry, dubbed b.u., as an extension of her sculpting. Drawing from Steratore's vast knowledge of artifacts and her extensive world travels, b.u. creations have an old-world aesthetic. Each piece is meticulously hand-made using a long-lost wax-casting method. With the help of Rome's top notch artisans, Steratore brings a little beauty and a lot of ancient wisdom into everyday, modern lives. collection

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