Loren Nicole Teetelli began her career as an archaeologist, later working as a conservator at the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Loren’s academic interest in ancient art and culture led her to study the history of metalsmithing and adornment. Each collection explores an ancient civilization’s jewelry using those same ancient technologies on a modern design.
Loren creates her own 22k gold alloy and forms it into sheet and wire. Each piece of jewelry is handmade using ancient techniques such as granulation, raised hollow form, and chain weaving. She then finished each piece with her antique Roman hammer, giving it a patina and natural finish.
The use of lapis in Egypt dates back to the Bardarian culture (4000-3500 BCE) and is evidence of ancient long-distance trade since lapis was mined exclusively in Afghanistan. Gold was always plentiful in the Nile region and goldsmithing became increasingly complex as the dynasties progressed. Learn more about Ancient Egypt and see examples of Egyptian jewelry in our Hall of Ancient Egypt.