Scholarship fund established in memory of Steven Kretchmer

The Steven Kretchmer Memorial Scholarship Fund for Metallurgy has been established in memory of Steven Kretchmer, master goldsmith and metallurgist, who passed away on July 8.

Kretchmer is known for perfecting the tension setting, a method of holding a diamond within the embrace of specially alloyed and treated metal, and more recently for a secret formula of magnetic platinum that appeared to float. His metallurgical work also produced other discoveries, including purple and blue gold.

“Those who knew Steven well witnessed his passion and commitment to the continued exploration of the convergence of art and science in precious metals,” said a statement announcing the creation of the fund. “He worked tirelessly towards the invention of new metal alloys and techniques while testing the limits of physics with his innovative designs. His passion for discovery was boundless.

In this spirit, and in his legacy, the industry along with Rhode Island School of Design has created the fund to provide ongoing assistance to talented design students.”

Benefactors and contributors to the endowment fund insure necessary principal is available to provide substantive scholarships into the future. 

Send checks payable to the Rhode Island School of Design. On the memo portion of the check, please indicate the gift is in memory of Steven Kretchmer. 

For credit card contributions, call (401) 454-6323 to provide the necessary information.