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Ara the altar

Working as a shoot producer in the fashion industry, Lauren King, the founder of Ara the altar, felt a deep pull towards the hands-on processes of designing and creating. She challenged herself to learn the ancient art of metalsmithing and from there, began creating designs that celebrate the unique, organic aesthetic of the Earth.

The brand is inspired by the ancient world's perception of astronomy: Ara is a southern polar constellation that translates to 'the altar' in Latin. In early illustrations, Ara was depicted as an altar with burning incense, rising smoke, or sacrificial offerings. Lauren's interpretation of this led to the sourcing, creating, and offering of beautiful, unique objects for earth-aware individuals.

Ara the altar embraces the slow fashion movement and the brand is characterised by made-to-order adornments created from 100% recycled sterling silver and gold.

"I aim to tread lightly whilst creating eternal pieces that give the wearer a conscious connection with the beauty of our only planet," says Lauren.

Every adornment from Ara the altar is designed and created by Lauren in her workshop in northwest England, taking influence from astronomy, nature, and the ancient world's relationship with both. Ethics and sustainability influence every decision Lauren makes.

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THE LUNAR MARIA Bay of Rainbows drop earrings - 1
BAY OF RAINBOWS drop earrings
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
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£440.00
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from £80.00
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LYRA ring II
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
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£390.00
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from £90.00
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PHASE Fine single full moon pendant - 2
PHASE Fine pendant necklace
by Ara the altar

9ct rose gold
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£210.00
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from £210.00
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THE LUNAR MARIA Ocean of Storms bangle - 1
THE LUNAR MARIA Ocean of Storms bangle - 1
OCEAN OF STORMS cuff bracelet
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
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£260.00
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£260.00
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PHASE Fine tiny hoop earrings
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
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£85.00
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£85.00
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PHASE Fine pendant necklace
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
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£210.00
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from £210.00
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RITUAL OBJECT I - The Pear pendant necklace
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
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£590.00
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from £125.00
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LYRA midi hoop earrings
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
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£110.00
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from £110.00
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THE LUNAR MARIA Bay of Rainbows earrings - 1
THE LUNAR MARIA Bay of Rainbows earrings - 1
BAY OF RAINBOWS drop earrings
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
Regular price
£80.00
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from £80.00
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VENETIAN SEA ring
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
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£45.00
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from £45.00
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RITUAL OBJECT I - The Pear pendant necklace
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
Regular price
£125.00
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from £125.00
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PHASE Fine ring
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
Regular price
£115.00
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from £115.00
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RITUAL OBJECT II - The Vessel pendant necklace
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
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£690.00
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from £140.00
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THE LUNAR MARIA Sea of Nectar pendant - 1
THE LUNAR MARIA Sea of Nectar pendant - 1
SEA OF NECTAR pendant necklace
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
Regular price
£550.00
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from £90.00
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THE LUNAR MARIA Sea of Vapour earrings - 1
THE LUNAR MARIA Sea of Vapour earrings - 1
SEA OF VAPOUR hoop earrings
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
Regular price
£660.00
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from £120.00
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THE LUNAR MARIA Sea of Clouds hair pin - 1
SEA OF CLOUDS hair pin
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
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£290.00
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£290.00
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LYRA midi hoop earrings
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
Regular price
£360.00
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from £110.00
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THE LUNAR MARIA Sea of Nectar pendant - 1
SEA OF NECTAR pendant necklace
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
Regular price
£90.00
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from £90.00
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VENETIAN SEA ring
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
Regular price
£250.00
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from £45.00
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RITUAL OBJECT III - Braided Grass ring
by Ara the altar

9ct yellow gold
Regular price
£590.00
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from £140.00
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LYRA bangle bracelet
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
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£240.00
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£240.00
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RITUAL OBJECT III - Braided Grass ring
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
Regular price
£140.00
Regular price
Sale price
from £140.00
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per 
RITUAL OBJECT II - The Vessel pendant necklace
by Ara the altar

Sterling silver
Regular price
£140.00
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from £140.00
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per 
PHASE Fine ring
by Ara the altar

9ct rose gold
Regular price
£115.00
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from £115.00
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