When beginning to find out more about this region, I was struck by the number of jewelry artists in New England, and went digging around to find out if there was a concrete reason or relationship. Indeed, there is! The Gorham company, dating back to 1831, established a tradition of silversmithing and fine craftsmanship in Rhode lsland. When Gorham closed the company, they made a significant donation of tools to the Jewelry and Metalsmithing department at the Rhode Island School of Design, helping to cement the foundation of this department. This contribution supported the growth of the strong community of jewelry artists throughout the New England region.