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Forge & Foundry was established in 2012, dedicated to the artistry, ingenuity, technology (that is, the lack of), and skill of the early makers of bodily adornment. Using many of the same methods of those early artisans, Forge & Foundry creates each piece by hand in New York City — no CAD, no CAM, no overseas production.

Susan Mancuso is the creative force behind Forge & Foundry.  Studying with masters like Valentin Yotkov and Fred De Vos, Susan has peered into the mysteries of creating beauty from the elements of our earth, using hammers, carving tools and fire. The name Forge & Foundry Jewels is a tribute to the humble beginnings of the fine jewelry we wear.

Some of Susan's work is created through scoring and coaxing metal using chasing and repousee techniques. Others are designed through hand wax carvings, which are then cast into precious metals. These techniques are the same methods that peoples of the iron age used to create their own adornments.

While Susan's grounding is in ancient jewelry techniques, she enjoys working in contemporary and historical designs, while ensuring that her pieces reflect their hand-crafted origins. 

In establishing Forge & Foundry, Susan's goal is to make beautiful fine jewelry that her clients will love to adorn themselves with using high quality, ethically-sourced materials. She wants her clients to experience the special meaning that is imparted from wearing a specially designed and crafted object made from precious materials. And she enjoys the collaboration of working with clients who choose to design their own pieces of jewelry.

Susan designs her pieces to be beautiful, but she also believes that jewelry should be wearable, comfortable and durable. And it is these qualities she brings to Forge & Foundry.