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About me

Oore Jewelry is founded and run by me, Uma Gordin. I started making and selling my creations at the age of 18.

In 2013 I took my first metalsmithing class and found the perfect medium for me to create my art in. I've always loved when handmade looks handmade, so you always have something completely one of kind and forever just yours. 

I am a dreamer at heart, my head is always in the clouds dreaming of creating something new that makes you feel a pang of longing for a world that doesn’t exist. I am a huge book nerd, and spend a large portion of my free time reading fantasy. 

My jewelry inspiration comes first from nature, which is where I find myself most when I'm not in the studio. I love hiking and spending time in the forest, which I hope translates over into my work.

I am currently located outside of Greenville, SC but I am a wanderer at heart and do find myself moving quite a bit so that may change in years to come. For now I love living in the country with my beautiful elderly dogs. 

I started my journey hand fabricating each ring, which then led into learning wax carving/casting which has now evolved to how I now loving make each piece. Most of my rings are made one at a time in CAD by me, which is actually quite a long process (at least for me) to get each detail lined up perfectly. I also combine that with wax carving and a few are fabricated. My waxes are then sent to my Casting House to be cast. While I personally know how to cast, as I have evolved, I personally don't like to do that process anymore, and I am happy to work with a small casting company to help me. Rings are then sent back to me where they get polished, engraved, stones set. As my business has grown, I have decided to take a small step back and finally have a few independent jewelers help me with the finishing aspects of my rings. I have been making jewelry for over 12 years now, with basically no breaks and due to health issues in both of my wrists and fingers, I can't keep up with making rings just by myself. I am hoping to grow even more with a small in person jewelry team in years to come and hoping to open a location in the near future! I still work on every single piece and make a large portion by myself, but it is nice to finally have some help with the things that take a toll on my body. I am a dreamer at heart and my love lies with designing truly magical rings, and I would like to spend more time to do that and to learn new skills, mostly getting better and having more time to learn hand engraving.

My rings will never be mass produced over seas, while I don't judge anyone or any company, I will always question the ethicality of how much the actual jeweler who is working on the rings is making overseas (not the company producing), and I can truly say they are not making enough, in my opinion. I try my best to source all of my stones from small businesses, my main suppliers are Caleb Quashen, Misfit diamonds, Sorbet sapphire and John Dyer. For metal, I try to work with my casting house to insure recycled gold is always used. No one is perfect, but I can say I try my best to make my business as ethical as I can, in all aspects. To me being ethical is more than the stones I use, it's about treating and paying everyone with what they deserve. I think there is always room to improve and I can honestly say that I will always try my best to continue improving in any aspect of my business. 

I am and will forever be honored you have chosen me to be a part of such an important aspect of your journey. There is nothing I love more than love, and I am absolutely honored every single day to do what I do.

To contact me directly, you can send an email to me or a direct message on my website. I have an amazing assistant who will assist you with any requests. Please try to be patient with me as I do everything else on my own and really do try my best to make sure orders/customers get answered and finished first. 

 Thank you for supporting me and my dream, much love xo

I also am always happy to give advice to people who would like to get into making jewelry! Working in metal is an amazing thing, and I truly want everyone to be as successful as possible. I will say my number one advice is take a metalsmithing class, even if you don't want to make jewelry yourself long term, I think its invaluable to understand how metal works, what is sturdy and durable enough.