"Jade was a sacred stone for the Maya. This is why I use it in my designs. I also work with techniques that were used 50 years ago, without the use of machines."
"I am a Guatemalan man. The youngest of four children, I was born January 25, 1980 and my grandparents started the first jewelry factory in our town. They crafted both modern and traditional jewelry.
"When my father died, we went to live with my grandparents. In 2000, my mother migrated to the United States and it was a tough moment. I was forced to be alone. But it was also an opportunity to grow and to dream about my own jewelry designs and my future. I obtained a counter for displaying silverwork and I began selling my jewelry. I started from nothing, working the silver with my own hands under guidance of my grandmother, who involved me in her workshop until I was able to design, craft and sell pieces of my own.
"Silver art was the best possible inheritance. Today I dream of opening shops in different places and being able to leave my daughter an art that has been in our family for several generations.
"I use gold, silver and copper in my work, and what I like best is when shoppers admire and appreciate my designs. I struggle every day to be the best, even though it can be difficult. Thank God I have the support of my wife and her designs. I'm in charge of the workshop and crafting process.
"Jade was a sacred stone for the Maya. This is why I use it in my designs; it helps my work be fully identified with the history, customs and traditions of my country. I also work with techniques that were used 50 years ago, without the use of machines.
"I am very grateful to show my work here, taking a little bit of everything that Guatemala is beyond our borders, and being able to live from the work I enjoy – silver crafts."
All products from Pablo Castellanos
Jade beaded necklace, 'Usumacinta'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Green Jaguar Night'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Mixco Lady'
Jade heart earrings, 'Heavenly Love'
Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Destiny's Nahual'
Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Wise Nahual'
Jade cocktail ring, 'Saturn'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Polochic River'
Jade link bracelet, 'Jaguar Moon'
Sterling silver cufflinks, 'Macaco'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Full Moon'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Green Jaguar'
Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Mask from Naranjo'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Maya Inspiration'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Eternal Cosmos'
Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Energy Nahual'
Jade cuff bracelet, 'Full Moon'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Dark Maya World'
Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Life Nahual'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Eternal Cosmos'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Polochic River'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Maya Empress'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Trinity of Faith'
Jade flower earrings, 'Maya Lilac'
Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Shield Jaguar'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Antigua Belle'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Pale Maya World'
Jade cufflinks, 'Natural Green'
Leather and jade heart necklace, 'Heavenly Love'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Jaguar Moon'
Jade waterfall necklace, 'Maya Inspiration'
Jade Y necklace, 'Path of Life'
Jade waterfall necklace, 'Maya Empress'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Maya Jaguar'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Green Jaguar'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Saturn'
Leather pendant necklace, 'Jocotenango Glow'
Reversible jade cocktail ring, 'Dual Spirit'
Sterling silver cufflinks, 'Calendar Moon'
Lilac jade cuff bracelet, 'Full Moon'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Pale Maya World'