what is auram?
auram is a collection of one-of-a-kind fine jewelry and metal objects hand fabricated by Chicago based jeweler Maura Dolphin (née Lenahan).
'auram' is a misspelling of the Latin word for gold 'aurum' using the letters of the designer/founder/maker's name 'maura'.
While earning her BFA in metals and jewelry from the Savannah College of Art and Design, she began piercing square wire to fabricate prong settings and has been exploring the possibilities that method allows ever since.
After college, she spent several years designing for a NYC jewelry brand before returning to Chicago to focus on a line of jewelry that reflects her taste for antique methods and craftsmanship. Each piece is hand fabricated using traditional soldering and stone setting techniques using recycled metals and ethically sourced gems.
Currently, auram can be found at the Lillstreet Art Center, Gallery 2052, and Sailor in Chicago, IL.