About the Designer

Washington D.C.-based designer Doris Chou Durfee searches for uncommon materials as inspiration for her pieces. Whether they incorporate vintage crystals from the old bazaar in Kashgar, volcanized agate from Mount Arshan in Inner Mongolia, or handcut sapphires from Thailand, each piece of jewelry is unique and painstakingly crafted by hand.

From childhood, Doris has been fascinated by the striking designs of Byzantine jewelry. One piece in particular, a magnificent emerald and gold ring from a Mediterranean shipwreck, inspired her to search markets in Athens, Crete, London and Rome for similar pieces. Her desire to understand the technique behind such beauty led to Doris' later training at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City, ASIMI in Hong Kong, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing.

An avid traveler, Doris uses native materials from different locales and draws upon local handicraft traditions in her designs. Doris and her work have been featured in several publications, including Harpers Bazaar Jewelry, Time Out Beijing, DestinAsia, City Weekend.

Atelier ABD is her newest collection of fine and functional jewelry. Through her designs, Doris hopes to share her love of the rare and beautiful.

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