Loren creates this exquisite 22Kt necklace using an old German style torch that has been used for centuries, allowing her to precisely control the flame’s heat as she regulates the temperature by pushing her breath into the gas flame. Controlling these subtle variations in temperature is critical for successful fusing of 22Kt gold.
Metal : 22 karat yellow gold
Loren began her career in archaeology, having received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Vermont in 2012. In the years after completing her degree, Loren worked as an archaeological lab technician at the American Museum of Natural History, on numerous digs in Central and South America, pursued grant funded research in northern Peru and served as a conservator for ancient and ethnographic textiles of the Americas, Oceana and Africa Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York City. During her time at the Met, Loren began taking ancient metalsmithing courses to better understand the metal objects she was encountering in the lab. What began as curiosity to better understand objects of the past, developed into a passion that eclipsed her academic interests.
The collection is focused on 22K yellow gold, working exclusively in that material. It explores various techniques, textures and patterns of the metal’s surface, with a secondary focus on gemstones. The collections represent many ancient techniques that have been in practice since the beginning of jewelry creation. The design is driven by an ongoing study of ancient civilizations, focused on translating their techniques and key forms into our minimalist style. The jewelry is designed with the intention to be light, comfortable and moveable.
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