The Old Way
“ I see myself as a custodian for ancient jewelry making techniques. While innovation is important, it is equally important to preserve the knowledge we already have so it will not be lost to time.”
- Loren N. Teetelli
CRAFTSMANSHIP ABOVE ALL ELSE
What does it meant to be handmade in our current era of technology and production lines? For Loren, it means to work slowly, without the use of electricity, without the aids of modern technology, using her hands to shape the metal.
Each piece begins as pure 24k yellow gold. The first step, to marry gold, silver and copper into her 22k alloy. From that point, the possibilities are limitless.
Loren takes pride in the millennia steeped history of jewelry making at the core of her creations. It allows her to offer an experience of truly handmade, of legacy, in a time when this method for jewelry making and knowledge is disappearing.
A look inside our process. Granulation is an ancient art form originating more than 5000 years ago. Loren uses granulation in a new way, treating the microspheres of gold as texture, to create silk surfaces on clean modern forms.
Visit our Seasonal Edit to see some Loren's newest jewels featuring granulation.
CHASING + REPOUSSE
Link By Link
Handmade chain is a passion for Loren. Our chains are the same that have been made for over 4000 years and are represented in the galleries of world renowned museums. It is a labor intensive process to individually make and weave thousands of links, but nothing compares to a handwoven chain once you have felt the weight and experienced the structure soften with wear.
Shown: Cable Mini Link Chain
We are honored to carry on this technique that is believed to have originated in Sumer 5000 years ago. It is a delicate dance of finding the perfect temperature + just the right amount of time = a bond. The difficulty of mastering this technique has caused it to become scarcely practiced today. When mastered, it becomes a beautiful element to subtly decorate the surface. Our challenge is to reimagine this ancient technique, to make its application relevant in today’s aesthetic.
Shown Golden Button
REVEALED FROM THE METAL
Chasing and Repousse
Chasing and repousse is the most expressive and the newest technique we have been incorporating into our designs. It is a form of metalworking that has a long history throughout ancient times, but truly found a home in the Florentine region of Italy, where it is practiced by master artisans today. It involves working a sheet of metal from both sides, using a hammer and handmade tools to push forward or raise the design from behind and then shape and refine the details on the front or exterior surface.
Our roman signet rings are a hollow form raised from a flat sheet of 22k yellow gold, fitted to perfectly house a one-of-a-kind gemstone. Once the general shape is roughed out, Loren uses her antique Roman hammer (pictured) to apply a rough natural finish, reminiscent of the patina of time. Though the same steps are followed, each ring is a unique project, all with their own challenges.
If you would like to order a custom signet ring please email email@example.com
An ancient Japanese art form of braided silk cords. We add handmade gold beads and gems to create gorgeous cords. These pieces have beautiful movement and drape like fabric.
Shown Bead Rope Bracelet