Collectors, wearers, and designers alike are crazy about ancient jewelry; from the ancient Viking, across the Egyptian, to the Roman.
Centuries- and millennia-old pieces can be bought and sold unaltered, slightly changed, or fully repurposed. For example, historic brooches have been made into earrings, rings strung on necklaces, and other jewelry painted or upgraded with new materials.
The New York Times reports about one Los Angeles-based jeweler with a coveted Viking collection:
"Loren Nicole Teetelli is a jeweler based in Los Angeles who began her career as an archaeologist studying pre-Columbian cultures, then worked as a conservator of ancient items at both the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Apart from a few courses in ancient metalsmithing, she is self-taught and now creates pieces steeped in the styles and techniques of ancient civilizations under the brand name Loren Nicole.
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