Steven Kretchmer Steven Kretchmer was one of the most dynamic jewelry innovators that the jewelry world has seen in a long time. Specializing in new and unique ways to use metal he lead the way by creating new alloys and thinking not outside of the box, but as if there were no box at all.
Like many great innovators Steven took the long road to finding the role he was meant to play. As a child he was more interested in taking toys apart than playing with them and was not exactly the perfect student. Doing things differently than everyone around you is rarely a great way to stay out of trouble in a structured environment. Even in college, where he earned a master of fine arts degree in the metals program, he preferred to be left alone to explore his own ideas.
However, his real training came from working in numerous prominent jewelry establishments in Milan, Italy. It was here that he learned many of his traditional goldsmithing techniques and knowledge of metal alloys, including his work with 18k Makume-gane (an ancient Japanese method of layering different colored metals making them appear wood-grained). Kretchmer has also studied new gold techniques and colors (blue gold anyone?) for jewelry design tycoon Harry Winston.