JCK Asks…Almasika Designer Catherine Sarr

The Paris-born, Chicago-based designer behind Almasika and its “grown-up talisman” jewelry Talismanic jewelry has arguably never been more popular. But Almasika isn’t simply jumping on the proverbial bandwagon. Its signature collection, Le Cauri Endiamanté, is built on a beloved centuries-old symbol: the cowrie shell. “They represent spirituality, prosperity, and even fertility in many cultures around the world. I wanted to pay homage to this ancestral symbol,” says designer Catherine Sarr. “I used to wear a natural cowrie shell pendant when I was a teenager.” Now those pieces are crafted from diamonds (almasi in Swahili) and gold (sika in various West African languages).  Age: 39 Number of years in the biz: 16 Number of employees you oversee: Me with agencies and consultants. Almasika Berceau bangle

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