Orli addresses some of your most curious inquiries.
What’s with those things hanging at the backs of some of your necklaces?
Jewelry is worn to make a statement and express a style, so statement and style should be present throughout the jewelry, so it should stun the viewer from every angle. That’s why many of my necklaces are designed to include elegantly draping extensions near their clasps; that way, they’re a party in the front and a party in the back.
What are your standard sizes?
I go with 16 inches (40.5cm) for necklaces and 7 inches (18cm) for bracelets. For earrings, all bets are off!
Where does your inspiration come from?
Everywhere! Seriously. Places, people, songs, vintage items, new items, other artwork and fashion, stories, nature, and so much more. If I can see it or hear it or feel it, or even taste it, I can be inspired by it. That’s why there’s a story behind everything I make.
You keep saying “gold-filled,” “gold-plated,” etc. Shouldn’t there be a noun in there? What are these metals filling and plating?
The base metal often used in the industry for these processes is brass.
Why is gold-filled superior to gold-plated?
Plating is a chemical or electrochemical process used to bond a microscopically thin film of gold to the exterior of a base metal. This is unlike heavy gold plating, in which the thin film of gold becomes a much thicker coating. In contrast, filling is a mechanical process that uses heat and pressure to bond an actual layer of karat gold to a brass core that contributes to the overall weight of the metal.
What’s so great about aluminum?
It’s lightweight, strong, and tarnish-free, and it holds color really well. For the logistical parts of a piece of jewelry, aluminum can be a win-win-win-win.
Why does your jewelry have an exciting twist to it?
Creativity is exciting and unpredictable. I like to bring a fresh aesthetic to my jewelry. I make it like I feel it, and I’m just trying to bring the funk back.
What do you consider to be the most confusing fruit?
Quinces. I'm sure they're great, but I don't understand them. They look kind of like a cross between a pear and a lemon, and I don't think I've ever tasted them because I'm never sure if it's really them. I hope to eventually unravel this great mystery.