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Explore ancient splendors with LOREN NICOLE, as we take you across the globe and through time in retelling our vision of ancient histories.
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.
Loren’s background and driving inspiration behind the jewelry has allowed Loren Nicole to become a platform to educate about the ancient world. With each collection, she seeks to introduce a new story from history and excite a passion in others to learn more about these civilizations, as well as offer an opportunity to form a deeper connection with their jewelry. Loren Nicole strives to revive and carry on the legacy of ancient techniques and the artisans that practiced them. She regularly takes masterclasses around the world, improving her skill and understanding of ancient jewelry techniques.