Objects of Desire
Jewellery Koi Carp Ring, Castro Smith
The art of jewellery. With a background in painting and printmaking, Castro Smith’s ring designs are renowned for their illustrative style. Inspired by history, myths and biology, his creations capture the fantasy of creatures and story-telling – such as the Koi Carp in this ring. A Japanese symbol of longevity and prosperity – the only fish able to conquer the waterfalls of the Yellow River – a gift of Koi is believed to grant the receiver strength. Smith’s ‘seal engraving’ method goes back to ancient times and fuses Japanese and Western techniques, producing a cross-fertilisation of styles and processes – beautifully encapsulated within this bespoke contemporary piece.