Ark Jewellery offers stunning handmade jewellery with a commitment to ethical production. Kristina Smith, founder, and designer is based in Kent, the United Kingdom and uses recycled or fair-trade materials with sustainable histories to produce limited edition artisan jewellery that she hopes will be passed down through generations.The collections are influenced by travel, culture and symbols transferring her stories, feelings and experiences into the jewellery pieces she creates.In 2022 Kristina created and launched her own label of bold and printed accessories to style with her jewellery collections, while solving the dilemma of matching bags, scarves, and other accessories with any wardrobe.
Greenhithe, , Greenhithe, Kent, United Kingdom, DA9 9XE
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I was born into an artist’s family. I grew up surrounded by painters and an eccentric actress, absorbing their artistic thoughts and experiences. My story also emanates from the personal paintings and heirlooms that have long been part of my family home, offering their own stories for generations to come.
I was offered a place at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture, and Design at the London Metropolitan University. It was of course a dream come true. But like many artists, from studying what you love to finding the courage to turn that love into a business took me along a scenic route.
A true entrepreneur at heart, I founded my own recruitment company and coached young people seeking a career change and pushing their passion. This drive focused my own attention on my interests, and in 2019, Ark Jewellery was born.
From day one, I have used recycled or fair-trade materials. Without a doubt, the jewellery business has a particular reputation and disregard for the planet through mining. As an artist, I believe the passion to create art is not just to make a perfect material to create beauty, but also to educate and raise awareness.
Being intrigued by new technologies and 3D design printing, I explored the boundaries of what we can do that are perceived as precious, mixing unusual materials such as wood and fine metals, incorporating gemstones into designs that are elegantly inspired by the fragility and beauty of nature.
The collections are influenced by travel, culture and symbols transferring my stories, feelings and experiences into the jewellery pieces I create.
Art without a story is meaningless. But as all good art, my pieces give you room to discover your own emotions, connections and weave them into a story that ultimately makes them part of your life.
My grandfather paintings
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