"At the heart of Loren Nicole sits a legacy of thousands of years of jewelry making guiding our craftsmanship, extensive knowledge of ancient cultures and strong ethics behind the materials and practices we employ."

-LOREN N. TEETELLI

 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP

TO INSPIRE LEARNING

We want to inspire you! To inspire your creativity, to spark a light of curiosity about the ancient world. We want to teach you about the history of ancient jewelry and jewelry making, to tell the stories of our ancestors. We hope that you will follow along our journey around the world and through time as we share stories and knowledge from antiquity.

MEET BOBO

Not only our logo, but also a figure from Greek mythology, Bobo, Athena’s owl, played an important role in Loren’s childhood. Her father’s family is from Athens, meaning Greek culture and stories were ever present, and Bobo, the most important. Loren’s family to this days has many sculptures of Bobo around their homes for protection. When deciding on an emblem, what better symbol than the most obvious; one that has personal meaning, historical reference originating in the same history as the collection and the owl, a symbol for scholarship and wisdom, which is embedded in everything we do at Loren Nicole.


ETHICS

FAIRMINED GOLD

Loren Nicole is proud to be a certified Fairmined gold jewelry maker. We have made the decision to go beyond working with recycled metals, and have chosen to support artisanal miners around the world by working exclusively in Fairmined metals. This worldwide organization enforces strict standards for mining practice and provides education to individual miners and small scale mining operations teaching them how to practice ethically and sustainably both for their personal health and the environment, with on of the biggest issue being the removal of mercury from the mining process.

OUR GEMS

By choosing to work with small companies and individuals, who have have ethics that align with our own, Loren has been able to develop a supply of gemstones she can stand behind. Loren knows that the stones she works with come from artisanal and small scale mining operations. This means the environmental impact of mining is significantly reduced, since most are mined by hand, and in most cases it is known exactly where the material came from, often only having one person between herself and the miners.

Though it was never intended, Loren’s standards for quality and ethics, led her to work with several gem dealers all based in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. A town prized for their lapidary skills, Loren is able to work closely with these master artisans to bring her designs to life.

CALIFORNIA GREEN BUSINESS

We are proud to be a certified California Green Business. We are doing our part to utilize sustainable practices in our workshop and making responsible choices for our community and local environment.


THE OLD WAY

CRAFTSMANSHIP ABOVE ALL ELSE

What does it meant to be handmade in our current era of technology and production lines? For us, it means to work slowly, without the use of electricity, without the aids of modern technology, using our hands to experience the metal. At Loren Nicole, each piece begins as pure 24k yellow gold. Our first step is to marry gold, silver and copper into our signature 22k yellow gold alloy to create sheet and wire. From that point, the possibilities are limitless. The sheet can be raised into hollow forms and decorated with granulation or the wire can be shaped and transformed into chain or our signature shepherd’s hook. We take pride in the millennia steeped history of jewelry making at the core of Loren Nicole. It allows us to offer an experience of truly handmade, of legacy, in a time where this method for jewelry making and knowledge is disappearing.


OUR TECHNIQUES

CHAIN

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.

GRANULATION

SILKEN TEXTURES

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.

CHASING AND REPOUSSE

REVEALED FROM THE METAL

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.

HOLLOW FORMS

BOLD DESIGNS

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 concierge@loren-nicole.com