Gilded Rage: 5 Jewelry Designers Who Are Lighting Up the Gold Scene

When it comes to precious metals, gold is king. It’s not for nothing that the word is shorthand for top of the tops: gold standard, go for the gold, heart of gold, and so on. Many jewelry designers, including the ones here, begin with silver but eventually build their way up to gold. “It’s so rich,” says Diane Dorsey, “and not just because it’s expensive. The color is so beautiful.” Asked about the gravitational pull to the metal, Loren Nicole responds with a tale from the pre-Incan culture of Moche. A priest, the Lord of Sipán, stood atop a pyramid, dressed entirely in gold. “He’s reflecting so much, he looks like the sun,” she observes. “That’s such a powerful image, and it always stayed with me.” Here are five talents, each bringing that storied element to new heights with their own alloys and their own takes on good design. They’ve got the—what’s the

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