Loren n Teetelli
Loren N Teetelli began her career as an archaeologist, having received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Vermont. In the following years, Teetelli worked as an archaeological lab technician and later an objects conservator in the Anthropology department of the American Museum of Natural History, on numerous digs in Central and South America, pursued grant funded field research on the ancient civilizations of northern Peru and served as a conservator of ancient and ethnographic textiles for the Americas, Oceania and Africa Collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Teetelli had every intention of continuing onto a PhD program in South American archeology, but discovered a new passion that eclipsed her academic interests.
Teetelli had always been interested in art and craft, having studied many mediums. Always in pursuit of learning, it was not unusual when she sought out ancient metalsmithing classes to satisfy her questions about how ancient metal objects were made. Teetelli intuitively took to the medium, advancing her skillset more quickly than most. Ancient metalsmithing and jewelry making transformed into an outlet for all of her interests; art, archaeology, chemistry and making.
In 2015, Teetelli relocated to Los Angeles, California. Over the following year she continued to work on bespoke projects while developing her first collection. In August 2016, she launched the collection under Loren Nicole, her first and middle names.
The collection of ethically sourced 22k yellow gold and gemstone jewelry seeks to capture the spirit of ancient civilizations. Each year, Teetelli explores a different civilization, studying their jewelry, other mediums, and their metalsmithing technologies to identify the core of what binds the period together and translates those key elements into modern designs, using the same technologies that would have been used historically.
She hopes to create jewelry that has many layers of meaning, allowing people take from it and connect with the jewelry in the way that they need. By working in ancient technologies and using similar aesthetics, it is impossible to remove her work from the millennia of history that is at the core of both the design and making, allowing it to have a familiar feeling to most people.
It is freeing to have developed a collection that is not bound to one technique or style. Teetelli is allowed to explore ancient histories all over the world, studying and mastering techniques in order to retell their stories.