To remember and honour the identities of the women that inspire us and whose stories we wish to celebrate, we have named each piece of jewellery after a female pioneer at the forefront of Italian history.
This necklace honours the Venetian academic Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to ever receive a university degree and the first female to obtain a doctorate.
In 1678 she was successfully awarded a PhD for her studies in philosophy. An expert musician and linguist, she was able to secure a post as a mathematics lecturer at the University of Padua following her graduation. She defied the imposed societal obstacles placed upon women to become wives and homemakers, becoming respected as a leading female figure in Italian academia and a member in a number of European academies.