GALATEA: MEN'S "BUDDHA" RING FROM THE CAPITAN COLLECTION
"Buddha” Ring in Oxidized Sterling Silver & 14K Gold
- Lotus flower and bud
The enigmatic, peaceful face of The Buddha surrounded by the sacred Lotus flower, reminds us of one of the most important lessons in Buddhism: That we are all capable of rising above the muddy waters of this life to achieve enlightenment or “nirvana.”
The Lotus symbolizes the purification of the spirit and the promise of new life. It is one of the most beautiful and majestic flowers in the world, yet it begins its cycle of life in muddy, dirty water. That it is able to rise above all the dirt and the darkness to bloom into beauty is a parable for us all. No matter what our circumstances, we can rise to the light and unfold, as we live, towards enlightenment.
In Buddhism, the fully opened lotus blossom is the symbol for The Buddha and full enlightenment. The bud is the symbol for those who seek and learn.
The face of The Buddha is represented in this ring in a full state of nirvana. He has reached a state of complete oneness with the Universe, with all that is known and unknown.
-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.