Hand-crafted from start to finish, this stamped necklace features the Latin phrase PER ASPERA AD ASTRA, which means "Through hardship, to the stars" curving around the north star (a minimalist version of our sterling wax seal design for the same phrase).
This motto sometimes appears as AD ASTRA PER ASPERA and though both iterations of the phrase are correct, this one is less common. Other translations include "through adversity/difficulties to the stars" and "our aspirations take us to the stars." ASTRA is the Latin root for "astronomy," ASPERA directly translates to "rough" in English, as in "rough terrain." The English word "exasperate" draws its origins from the Latin ASPERA, and indeed many trials in life prove frustrating. However, this phrase recognizes the truth that in your attempts to achieve great things, you will have to pass through some rocky times on your way to your goals. This jewelry is meant to inspire perseverance so that no matter what the world throws at you, you can relish in the challenge because the stars wait just beyond the struggle.
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." -Arnold Schwarzenegger
I purchased this necklace for my girlfriend. And she loves it! I wear the ‘Worthy Journey’ pendant, bearing the same motto. We both have had our share of trials and tribulations, and together we wear the same saying as a friendly reminder. Thanks MSC!