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Remembering Terry Castro, Famous Jewelry Designer from Castro NYC – JCK


Terry Castro (pictured) – a respected jewelry designer known for his dazzling jewelry, handmade artistry and magnetic personality – died on July 18 in Istanbul, his family reported. He was 50 years old.

Castro died of a “fatal but rapid heart attack”, says Sir King Castro, the creator’s son. He confirmed Castro’s death to JCK and says via email that the number of emails, social media posts and posts about her father have “overwhelmed” the family.

This kind of affection for Castro gave his family some peace during this time, says Sir King Castro.

On Castro NYC’s Instagram account, Sir King Castro wrote: “As his son I was touched by the genuine affection he had for him and how proud we were all to know him. touched so much.… Thank you all for your well wishes.

Castro NYC silver brooch
Terry Castro’s Money brooch illustrates how he used gemstones to create intricate yet whimsical shapes such as this cat-like doll.

Tributes on social media sites came quickly, highlighting Castro’s remarkable talent, his contributions to the jewelry industry, and his affability as a person to everyone he met.

Muse showroom founder Jennifer Shanker said in an email interview that Castro was a collaborator who could see the beauty of this world and imagine how beautiful the universe was through his understanding. innate.

“As a person, Terry Castro embodied the very qualities that made so many people fall in love with his jewelry,” Shanker says. “He was completely one of a kind with a wild, magnetic intensity that you just couldn’t look away from. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him to extend his indelible mark on the jewelry industry, and we only wish our time together would be longer.

Amir Khamneipur, founder and director of design firm Amir K Design, says he met Castro more than 20 years ago when the artist was selling his jewelry on Spring Street in SoHo. Khamneipur was a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and he saw Castro’s skills immediately, he says in an email interview.

“After a few minutes of discussion, he agreed to make a pair of bespoke silver skull cufflinks with larger heads, sapphires in the eyes and engraving. Knowing how excited I was to make them have and they were for a friend, when we met for me to pick them up he gave me an extra pair for me,” says Khammeipur. “The kindness and creativity shared by Castro at that time have stayed with me throughout my life.

“We both monitor each other’s successes on social media and congratulate each other with simple, kind words,” says Khamneipur. “I am saddened by the passing of such a kind and creative peer. I am sure he will flash like a shining star like the beautiful work he has created in this world.…Like a blink of an eye, the memories come and go in our lives, unfortunately so are the lives that are led, some passing too soon.

Castro NYC antique doll necklace
Terry Castro’s work, which included this antique doll necklace, had moving parts and a folksy charm, but it was covered in diamonds, enamel, emeralds, rubies and cultured pearls ($287,500) .

Designer Lauren Harwell Godfrey says she first met Castro during a media interview about their mutual experiences as Black in the world of fine jewelry.

“We were all on the phone and it was hard to get a word on the edge! He had a LOT to say! And that was the thing with Castro: he was a lot! Great energy, great presence, great feelings” “, Godfrey said in an email interview. “He lived in Istanbul, so our friendship was mostly online and on the phone, but I heard about him all the time.

“He had a lot to share and was the best cheerleader. I was only in person with him a few times, but those moments made such an impression – he was such a magnetic character,” Godfrey says. “I loved seeing how he expressed himself through his work which, just like him, has so much personality. I will miss him dearly and always wonder what else he had up his sleeve.

Jewelry designer Maura Green says the industry “has lost a prolific talent, a creative force and a uniquely kind artist who leaves behind a body of work that will continue to inspire us all”.

“He was an alchemist whose spirit, talent and vision can never be matched, but we can be inspired by the passion with which he pushed the artistic boundaries that we creators impose on ourselves,” said Green in an email interview.

“I briefly met Castro about 15 years ago, when we were both selling our jewelry at the Young Designers Market in SoHo. It was a humble craft market, and when I met him, it was clear that we We were in the presence of a prodigy,” says Green. “His work was light years beyond what any of us were doing. Completely unique, magical and limitless. A decade later, when I rediscovered Castro, I was pleased and not at all surprised to see that he was receiving the praise and recognition that such a talented artist deserves.

Cat Castro NYC
On a personal note, I had the chance to interview Terry Castro once before his death about this cat charm, which turned out to be a defining moment for me as a newbie jewelry journalist. He was instantly lovable, helped me in any way I asked, and struck me as one of life’s rarities as a truly kind soul.

Castro’s jewelry brand, Castro NYC, was founded in 2006 in New York. Castro had moved there that year from Toledo, Ohio, where he was born, via Chicago, to pursue a career in fashion. He started selling his jewelry on the street and one of his clients suggested he start his own line of jewelry.

Since then, Castro’s work has been featured in Forbes magazine, vogue Latin America, vogue Mexico and many more. Her jewelry was featured in the photography book rock star chicin TV shows and the 2013 film Out of the ovenwith Christian Bale.

In 2021, Castro was part of Sotheby’s Brilliant & black: a renaissance in jewelryan exhibition showcasing “the extraordinary skills, imagination and craftsmanship of black jewelry designers,” Sotheby’s said in a statement.

Castro typically produced 35 limited pieces per year; past clients included musician Steven Tyler and actor Whoopi Goldberg.

Castro’s family requests that condolences, cards or flowers be sent to 1519 Glenbrook Drive, Toledo, Ohio, 43614. No further information about memorials or arrangements was available.

Top: Terry Castro, the founder of Castro NYC Jewelry, died July 18. He was considered a brilliant artist and a lively, warm and committed friend to those who knew him. (Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s)

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