GALATEA: MEN'S "FACE OF JESUS" RING FROM THE CAPITAN COLLECTION
"The Face of Jesus” Ring in Oxidized Sterling Silver & 14K Gold
- Lily Flower
My friend Dave Koenders is one of Galatea's best salesmen. He has been with me since I started the company. I wanted to make a ring which means something very dear to him.
Dave is a Christian, and tells me about his Faith frequently, so I used the symbols he told me about to make my rendition of Christ, from an artist's perspective.
When I created the face of Jesus, I wanted His eyes to capture His pain. But I also wanted them to show the love He has for all people. The lily on one side of the ring is the symbol for the Resurrection. The Holy Spirit, symbolized by a dove, is on the other. There are multiple crosses on the ring to remind believers to take up the cross daily and in doing so, live like Christ.
One of Dave's favorite Bible verses is, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." This verse, from John 3:16 and Mark 12:31, is written inside the ring. I believe you can do anything if you act in accordance with these words.
-Chi Galatea Huynh
About the Capitan Collection:
These rings were created to salute the captain in every man. A “captain” is defined as a leader, a person who takes charge. He is the one who protects, who enters the unknown first for the benefit of crew or clan and does so with dedication and love.
These are men's rings that celebrate the most important elements in a man's life: Loyalty, Beauty, Wisdom, Honor, Family, Hope, Strength and Love. The inspiration for my designs came from ancient Japanese Samurai swords maker, Unno Moritoshi.
Years ago, I saw an exhibit of such artifacts at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was moved by the strength, love and dedication it took to create these instruments. So much artistry was required to decorate these swords--swords of honor yet also weapons of war and death--with delicately inlaid symbols.
Today, each ring in The Capitan Collection contains small elements and talismans that are forged, like the ancient swords that came before them, into deeply oxidized Sterling silver and 14k yellow gold.
With each ring, a legend is told and unfolds. And yet, like most good tales, the story of a man's life continues as the Universe moves forward. This is the never-ending story, the beauty of Life in all its mysteries. This is what I give you with The Capitan Collection.