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Abrams, Alice


Known primarily as “Alice Abrams Designer/Goldsmith” and a wearer of many hats, both figuratively as well as literally…Designer/Goldsmith to the greatest degree…and a mentor to young jewelry artist/craftsperson whenever possible…also as a graphic designer…music composer to a small degree…guitar player to a small degree…38 string zither player to the smallest degree…piano player to a small degree…essayist to a greater degree…Haiku writer to an even greater degree…Sumi-e painter to a minor degree… Yes, all this keeps me out of trouble.


Technology caught my eye and I am quite literate with Desktop photography and graphics and IPad creativity, sending out words of wisdom each morning…well over two thousand “Good Mornings,” so far.


Cornell University, Department of Architecture 1949-1950

Pratt Institute, Department of Art Education 1950-1953

Ed Wiener, Jewelry Apprenticeship, New York, New York 1954

Memberships/Offices Held
(Civic, Political, Professional)

Designer for the following companies over the years

  • Limoges-New York, New York-1980-1985
  • Kirk Stieff-Baltimore, Maryland-1983-1986
  • Polly Bergen-New York, New York-1985-­1989

I maintain a private design studio in Denver… 1962-2019

I exhibit at Tresa Vorenberg Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1962-to the present, as well as multiple galleries throughout the United States in past years.

Organization Affiliations

  • American Craft Council
  • Society of North American Goldsmiths
  • Women’s Jewelry Association, San Diego, California
  • Colorado Metalsmith Association

Board of Director Member

  • Design International 1981-1984
  • Women’s Forum of Colorado 1983-1984
  • Mizel Museum of Judaica 1988-2000
  • Center for Bioethics and Humanities-Advisory 2004-2017

Scholarship Sponsor

Alice Abrams Jewelry Design Scholarship Competition (National) 2013-2015-2016

Art Consultant

Chairman: Art Advisory Council-Rose Medical Center, Denver, Colorado 1981-1997

Chairman: Alliance for Contemporary Art Auction/Gala Denver Art Museum 1979-1986


My first job was: Selling shoes on commission at the Shoe Box

For fun/pleasure I: Read, travel, yoga, hiking, volunteer, spend time with family and friends

I’d like to know more about: Our healthcare system

I wish I could do more about: The education gap

I consider my greatest achievement to be: Co-founding my firm, Cardan Capital Partners


Married to Fredrick Ralph Abrams MD for seventy years this November 2019, raised three sons-Dr. Reid Abrams-64, Glenn Abrams-62, Hal Abrams-53…6 grandchildren-Jessica, Nick, Shane, Katherine, Laura, Jamie…3 great grandchildren-Amon, Ursula, Owen…and enjoy three outstanding daughters-in-law. We finally found the daughters we always desired through our son’s marriages…outstanding women indeed. ­­­

Something Interesting About Me That a Resume Would Not Reveal

Outdoor activities in my younger years included jeeping to Colorado Ghost Towns, gold panning with the children…running the rapids of the Yampa and Green Rivers as well as the Grand Canyon and hiking the hills of Colorado when the legs and back were much stronger. Skiing, of course, was first attempted in Europe during a three year adventure living in Munich, Germany, followed later on many Colorado ski slopes.

I designed and fabricated the 47 platinum rings for the Women’s World Soccer Success team in 1999 when Brandy Chastain raised the curtain (and T-Shirt) on the visibility of women in sports.

In our sixties, my husband and I designed and built a contemporary home that was perfect for the last chapter of our lives…one bedroom…an art studio for me…and a library/office for him.

Everyone should have “A ROOM OF ONES OWN.”

You are welcome to join us for “Tea at Three” any afternoon…just call early in the morning and let us know…scones may be in the offing.

I trust that this small insight into my life will add promise to your future as you head to becoming a nonagenarian.

Sending warm regards…Alice Abrams