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.
Maahes, or Mios, was an ancient Egyptian lion-headed god of war, whose name means "he who is true beside her". He was seen as the son of the Creator god Ptah, as well as the feline goddess (Bast in Lower Egypt or Sekhmet in Upper Egypt) whose nature he shared. Maahes was a deity associated with war, protection, and weather, as well as that of knives, lotuses, and devouring captives. Learn more about Ancient Egypt and see examples of Egyptian jewelry in our Hall of Ancient Egypt.