kis·met. destiny or fate. met·al. a solid material that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, with good electrical and thermal conductivity.
Kismetal Design is a collection of beautifully crafted nature-inspired jewelry designed and created by Kalamazoo metalsmith, Lauren Gould. Our focus is on one-of-a-kind pieces featuring carefully chosen semi-precious stones. We work closely with our stone vendors and lapidary artists to ensure our stones are genuine and ethically sourced.
Each piece is crafted with traditional metalsmithing techniques using an assortment of metals ranging from brass, silver, 14k gold fill, and solid 14k gold. Many of our designs also utilize genuine succulent plants cast in metal using the burnout casting technique. Due to the nature of this method, each succulent is completely unique and cannot be replicated.
Our goal is to bring you modern and timeless handmade pieces that will last you a lifetime and give you a story to tell. Our custom designs are never reproduced, so it is guaranteed that your piece is one-of-a-kind and designed especially for you.
About the Artist
Lauren Gould was born in a suburb of Chicago, IL. She moved to Kalamazoo, MI in 2014 to study music at Western Michigan University. After a year in the program, she decided to change majors and apply to art school in order to chase a childhood dream. In 2015 she was accepted to the Gwen Frostic School of Art where she studied art and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Lauren has found her home among the vibrant art community in Kalamazoo, where she runs Kismetal Design Studio in the historic Park Trades Center.
Kismetal Design Studio. Park Trades Center, Studio 216, Kalamazoo, MI. Hours by Appointment only.
Scout & Molly's Breton Village. Breton Village Mall, Grand Rapids, MI.
Amy Zane: Store and Studio. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI.
Kalamazoo Farmers Market. Kalamazoo, MI. Every Saturday May-November.