Kristina Smith

Kristina Smith
Ingress Park
Greenhithe
Kent
DA9 9XE
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07709429519
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 generations.

​The collections are influenced by travel, culture and symbols transferring her stories, feelings and experiences into the jewellery pieces she creates.
Getting Started: Stars in The Making initiative. A showcase exhibition presenting the work of participating jewellery designers and silversmiths at the Goldsmith's Centre. 10th January - 1st April 2022.

Ark Jewellery exhibits at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club's prestigious event: Strive for Perfection. The exclusive event was held in one of the largest and most impressive ballrooms in the world, The Great Room of the luxurious and elegant JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday 8th October 2021.
I was born into an artist’s family. I grew up surrounded by painters and 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.

Accolades

Professional Jeweller Collections of the Year 2021 - Finalist The Arabesque Gold Collection (Emerging Brand)

Professional Jeweller Awards 2021 finalist in Emerging Brand category.

Nominated in the Professional Jeweller Power List 2021 Rising Star Category in May 2021.

Selected to take part in the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s new initiative, Getting Started: Stars in the Making 2021-22, putting jewellery and silversmithing talent in the spotlight and championing early career makers.

Shortlisted finalist in the UK Jewellery Awards 2021 Creative Jewellery Design category.

Nominated in September 2021 in the Creative Business Award category for the prestigious Women’s Business Awards.
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Starburst necklace in yellow gold
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Starburst earrings in yellow gold
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Rose Flower necklace in rose gold