Steven Kretchmer Dies in Accident

The industry is mourning the sudden loss of jewelry designer and innovator Steven Kretchmer, 52, who died July 8 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Daughter Claudia said his business—Los Angeles–based Steven Kretchmer Designs—will continue. “We want to carry on his legacy,” she said. In an industry known for being tradition-bound and slow to change, Kretchmer stood out as a genius, an inventor, and rebel who turned tradition on its head and ignored convention. His innovations include blue and purple gold and Polarium, a magnetic platinum alloy that allows jewelry to exhibit some extremely odd behaviors, such as floating or, as Kretchmer termed it, levitating. The son of a pediatric biochemist and a modern dance choreographer, Kretchmer grew up in a home that blended art and science, a combination that would inspire him his entire life. There were
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