the archaeologist turned goldsmith at the heart of Loren Nicole.
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 2012. She pursued grant funded fieldwork in Peru and Mexico, studying Pre-Columbian cultures. In her years after college, Loren worked as an archaeological lab technician and later an objects conservator in the Anthropology department of the American Museum of Natural History (New York) and served as a conservator of ancient and ethnographic textiles for the Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas Collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
While working in New York, Loren began taking courses in ancient metalsmithing to better understand the materials she was conserving. While never undergoing formal training, Loren has been fortunate to supplement her self-learning through workshops and one-on-one training with maters of highly specialized techniques, not widely practiced today. Her academic background and deep knowledge of ancient jewelry techniques has allowed Loren to develop an aesthetic uncommon for today.
Loren has always been driven to art as a means for understanding materials. Her innate curiosity has lead her to study many mediums since childhood. It is ultimately her passion for learning and sharing knowledge that drives her artistic pursuits and is the foundation of Loren Nicole.
In 2015, Loren 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 gemstones and Fairmined gold jewelry seeks to capture the spirit of ancient civilizations. Each year, Teetelli explores a different story from the antiquity, studying the ancient civilization’s jewelry, other mediums, and their metalsmithing technologies to identify the core of what binds the period together and translates those elements into modern wearable designs, using the same technologies that would have been used in antiquity.
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 centuries old history that is at the core of both the design and making, allowing it to have a familiar feeling to most people.
Always in pursuit of learning, Loren continues to study with masters around the world, researching ancient techniques to continue telling stories of the past in modern ways.