Juan Castro —'Aureolas' Earrings in Oxidised Silver and Gold Foil
Juan Castro is a social and cultural anthropologist, who studied at the University of Seville, Spain. Juan moved to Melbourne in 2011 and completed an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2016. The connection between anthropology and contemporary jewellery design arose from his final thesis, which focused on adornments and body modification through different cultures and the way in which it develops in contemporary society. His body of work is based on traditional techniques and the inspiration of antique jewellery, all seen from a contemporary point of view.
Grigori series: These series are inspired by the Grigori angels, protectors and watcher angels. Fallen angels that ended up seducing human women and betraying their duties. Crack lines, rough edges and Black patina represent the darkness and sins. All these is balanced with the softness and organic beauty of Akoya pearls, which remains the greatness and grace that is still imprinted on them.
Material: oxidised silver, 9ct yellow gold, 24ct gold foil
Dimensions: approx. 5.5cm x 2.5cm