"Creating and exploring the works of other civilizations became a growing passion I couldn't ignore." - Loren Nicole
Loren began her career in archaeology, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Vermont in 2012. After completing her degree, she worked as an archaeological lab technician at the American Museum of Natural History, on numerous digs in Central and South America, pursued grant-funded research of the ancient civilizations of Northern Peru and served as a conservator for ancient and ethnographic textiles of the Americas, Oceana and Africa Collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York City. While working at the MET, she took ancient metalsmithing coursework and special workshops to better understand objects of the past. Loren intended to advance her academic pursuits but was quickly lured in by metalsmithing. What began as a curiosity developed into a passion.
Guided by an instinctual decision, Loren declined her graduate school position at Cambridge University and headed West to California in 2015. While producing bespoke pieces out of her Venice Beach-based studio for her growing community of collectors, she launched Loren Nicole in Summer 2016. Her intention with Loren Nicole is to create elegant, comfortable, everyday jewelry for men and women; pieces that will easily weave into their daily uniform. The designs are meant to evoke the wonders of the ancient world; honoring ancient goldsmiths, by using the same techniques that have been in place for centuries and working exclusively in high karat yellow gold to inject that feeling of warmth and brightness that is only accessible through this medium.