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/maker/founder's name 'Maura'.
While earning her bachelor's degree in metals and jewelry from the Savannah College of Art and Design, she started experimenting with piercing square wire to fabricate prong settings and has been exploring the possibilities that method allows ever since.
After completing her studies, Dolphin spent several years as a designer for a NYC based jewelry brand before returning to her native Chicago to focus on a line of studio jewelry that reflects her love of antique methods and hand craftsmanship.
Each of her pieces is designed to showcase gemstones in an unusual way and is hand fabricated using traditional soldering, finishing, and stone setting techniques by the artist using recycled metals and ethically sourced stones.