Astratelli is based on the designs of jewellery designer Domini Hogg. Her aim is to design jewellery that provokes questions, weaving stories and symbolism around stunning gemstones.
After graduating from Cambridge, Domini studied jewellery with Van Cleef and Arpels. As an artist, musician and linguist, Domini’s jewellery designs draw inspiration from the culture of the people and places she visits on her travels. Exploring diverse themes, Domini expresses her own philosophy through her designs.
Currently based in London, Domini has lived in Shanghai and travels regularly to Italy and Switzerland.
GIA Graduate Gemmologist
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is the world's most respected certification body for gemstones and gemmologists. The graduate gemmologist course involves rigorous study of gemstones during two years incorporating both theoretical and practical elements. The final test involves correctly identifying 20 unknown stones in 6 hours using scientific equipment such as a refractometer, polariscope and spectroscope as well as a standard loupe. The pass mark is 100%. Domini completed this certificated in July 2016.