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Handmade Chainmaille

All of these pieces feature handmade chainmaille in a variety of weaves.
  • Antique Book Chain and Chrysoprase Necklace with Handwoven Gold-filled Chainmaille
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    Description

    This necklace features gold and rose gold-filled links from several antique book chain necklaces, c. 1900, chrysoprase drops and handwoven, gold-filled chainmaille.  

    Details and Materials

    • 20" long and can clasp shorter
    • gold and rose-gold filled antique book chain necklace links
    • gold-filled, bezel set chrysoprase drops
    • gold-filled jump rings and spring clasp
    • antique book chain links and chrysoprase stones drop 2" from chain

    Origin Story

    Book chain necklaces featured links shaped like the bindings of books, and were very popular during the Victorian era. This necklace style re-emerged throughout the 20th century during various Victorian revival periods, particularly through the late 1930's - 40's. It is a design that continues to evolve and inspire even in the 21st century.

    Chrysoprase is a beautiful, apple green colored gemstone variety of chalcedony. It's color is due to the presence of nickel in the mineral. Chrysoprase is listed as a birthstones for both a May and June. The word chrysoprase comes from the Greek “chrys,” meaning 'gold or yellow' and “prase,” meaning 'green'.

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  • Black and Gold Chainmaille Bracelet with Antique Fob
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    Description

    This bracelet features sterling silver and gold-filled handwoven chainmaille with an antique watch fob charm.

    Details and Materials

    • Fits wrist sizes 6" - 8" (if your wrist is 6", let me know on the order and I'll remove some links)
    • Oxidized sterling silver and gold-filled jump rings
    • oxidized sterling silver lobster clasp
    • antique gold-filled watch fob

    Origin Story

    Developed around the 1770's alongside the invention of pocket watches, fobs were worn by both men and women, attached at the waist or to a belt. Their popularity continued throughout the 19th century but gradually became more associated with male attire. Some watch chains held multiple decorative fobs where they dangled similarly to a ladies charm bracelet when draped on a vest.

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  • Converted Brooch Necklace with Handwoven Brass Chainmaille
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    Description

    This statement necklace features a converted brooch, c. 1940, made of brass with amber rhinestones and a stacked floral design. The chain is handmade from 15 mm brass chainmaille rosettes.

    Details and Materials

    • necklace is 20" long, can be clasped shorter
    • focal pendant is 1 1/4" wide, 2 1/2" long
    • brass chainmaille and lobster clasp
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  • Antique Butterfly Necklace with Handwoven Gold-filled Chainmaille
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    Description

    This necklace features links from a silver-toned antique belt, circa late 19th to early 20th century, and handwoven, gold-filled chainmaille. Each of the seven links is in the shape of a butterfly, with faux cut steel gilded accents, and measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/8."

    Details and Materials

    • 18" long
    • each butterfly is 1 1/4" x 1 1/8"
    • silver-toned metal
    • sterling silver lobster clasp
    • gold-filled jump rings

    Origin Story

    Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts. This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place. Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished. Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets. Older buckles feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets. Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

    The cut steels in this piece are "faux," meaning they are stamped rather than riveted. This dates the components in this necklace to between the late 19th to early 20th century.

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  • Vintage Owl and Chainmaille Earrings
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    Description

    These earrings feature handwoven chainmaille and a vintage red glass owl charm with rhinestone eyes, c. 1950.    

    Details and Materials

    • 1 1/2” long
    • jewelers brass jump rings
    • vintage red glass owl charm 
    • 14K gold-plated ear wires 
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  • Chainmaille Earrings with Vintage Glass Stones
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    Description

    These earrings feature vintage navette pendant beads, which are green with flecks of gold, c. 1930, on brass chainmaille handwoven into a chandelier design. 

    Details and Materials

    • 2" long
    • variety of colors: green with flecks of gold
    • 15 x 7 mm vintage glass navettes
    • jeweler's brass jump rings
    • gold-filled ear wires
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    • Chainmaille Earrings with Antique Button
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      Description

      These one-of-a-kind earrings feature handwoven brass chainmaille and an antique hand-faceted green glass button bead, made in Northern Bohemia circa 1910.  

      Details and Materials

      • 2"” long
      • jewelers brass jump rings
      • faceted glass button
      • vintage gold-plated ear wires  

      Origin Story

      The glass buttons were produced circa 1910 in Northern Bohemia, a region in the north of the Czech Republic that – since the 14th century – has been renowned for its beautiful jewelry and button manufacture.  I purchased these beautiful buttons from a vendor in Prague.

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    • Antique Button and Brass Chainmaille Bracelet
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      Description

      This bracelet features an antique pierced and gilded brass button with cut steel embellishments [circa 1900] on handwoven brass chainmaille, and an antique gold-filled fob charm.  An antique gold-filled watch fob dangles near the clasp.

      Details and Materials

      • focal antique button is made of brass with cut steel studs and is 1 1/2" in diameter
      • chain is 1/2" wide
      • bracelet is 7 1/2" long
      • length can be customized to fit your wrist, so please indicate your wrist size when ordering.
      • brass jump rings and lobster clasp closure

      Origin Story

      Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts. This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place. Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished. Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets. Older pieces feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets. Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

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    • Vintage Carnelian Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille and Lucite Links
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      Description

      This statement necklace features a translucent vintage carnelian circle pendant, c. 1970, suspended from a chain made of handwoven brass chainmaille and vintage, faceted amber lucite links.

      Details and Materials

      • pendant measures 2 1/4" across (interior circle measures 1")
      • necklace is 24" in length, can be shortened to 20"
      • brass lobster closure
      • brass chainmaille
      • vintage lucite links
      • vintage carnelian pendant
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    • Vintage Bakelite Dress Clip Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille and Lucite Links
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      Description

      This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant.  Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960), faceted lucite links.  An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.

      Details and Materials

      • 24" long
      • bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
      • length can be shortened or extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece
      • brass lobster clasp and jump rings
      • vintage faceted oval lucite links

        Origin Story

        Bakelite was an early plastic, developed by Leo Baekeland in 1907. It was originally used for industrial purposes due to its ability to withstand heat.  It appeared in costume jewelry beginning in the 1920's and increased in popularity through the 30's and 40's.   Bakelite was often intricately carved and came in a wide range of beautiful colors.  Authentic Bakelite jewelry is highly collectible.

        Dress and fur clips debuted in the 1920's, when costume jewelry first gained popularity. It is said Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less expensive costume jewelry as art, instead of wearing fine jewelry as a symbol of status and wealth.  When first introduced, dress clips were worn in pairs, often worn opposite one another on the neckline or straps of a dress.  Popularity waned in the 1950's, when brooches became a more desirable personal ornament.  Today, you'll see vintage clips attached to the dresses, sweaters, handbags and scarves of trend-setting celebrities.

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      • Antique Pendant with Handwoven Gold-Filled Chainmaille
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        This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique gold-filled pendant with a a cluster of grapes.   The pendant was originally a locket, circa 1900, that has been soldered closed.  

        The chain is a combination of handwoven, gold-filled chainmaille and antique book chain segments.

        Details and Materials

        • 22" long, can also be worn as short as 16"
        • locket is 30 mm in diameter
        • with the jump ring, book chain link and pocket watch clip, the pendant drops about 3" from the chain.
        • gold-filled lobster clasp and jump rings
        • antique locket 
        • antique book chain links
        • antique watch clip

        Origin Story

        Book chain necklaces feature links shaped like the bindings of books, and were during the Victorian era. This necklace style re-emerged throughout the 20th century during various Victorian revival periods, particularly during the late 1930's and 40's. 

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      • Antique Cut Steel Button and Chainmaille Necklace
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        Description

        This necklace features a handwoven oxidized sterling chain with a large, antique cut steel shoe button with blue, purple, gold, bronze and silver-colored studs, circa 1880.

        Materials and Details

        • necklace made from sterling silver-filled jump rings
        • sterling silver lobster clasp with pave diamond ring
        • antique cut steel button is 40 mm 
        • chainmaille necklace is 20" in length
        • chainmaille bail and button drop 3" from the base of the necklace

        Origin Story

        Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts. This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place. Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished. Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets. Older pieces feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets. Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

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      • Antique Locket on Handwoven White Gold Chainmaille
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        This necklace features handwoven, white gold-filled chainmaille with an antique locket pendant.  The locket is inscribed with a maker's mark for the S.& B. Lederer Company, a jewelry company originally based in Providence, Rhode Island and operating between 1878 and 1931.  The locket has a repousee design of grapes and grape leaves with a small paste stone.

        Details and Materials

        • Can be worn 17 1/2" at its longest and 15" at its shortest
        • Locket hangs 2" from base of the necklace
        • Locket is attached with a vintage watch clip and can be removed
        • white gold-filled jump rings
        • gold-filled lobster clasp and jump rings
        • vintage gold-filled watch clip
        • vintage gold-filled locket with paste stone

        Origin Story

        Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children. 

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      • Sterling Love Token and Chainmaille Earrings
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        These earrings feature sterling silver chainmaille love knots with antique love tokens, dated 1872 and 1875.   The love tokens are engraved on the backs of Liberty seated dimes, which have a 90% silver content.  

        Details and Materials

        •  2" long
        • Sterling silver ear wires
        • Sterling silver chainmaille connectors and jump rings
        • Antique silver coins

        Origin Story

        Love tokens are coins that have been filed smooth, usually on one-side, and hand-engraved most commonly with initials or, even-rarer, pictures.  This tradition was said to have originated in Great Britain and started in the United States during the Civil War (1861-1865), when soldiers would engrave coins either to carry as dog tags or to send as gifts to their sweethearts back home.   Liberty seated dimes were the most common choice for these tokens, although other coins were used.  Post-war America saw the rise of sentimental jewelry and engraved love tokens became so popular they were said to have created coin shortages  By the end of the 19th century these charms had gone out of style, largely propelled by the discovery or large silver mines that drove the value of silver down; while this made it more accessible to the masses, it also reduced it's "trendiness" and gold became the preferred jewelry metal.  This, combined with the rising popularity of photography, shifted interest towards gold and gold-filled lockets for the next several decades.

         

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      • Vintage Deco Glass and Sterling Chainmaille Earrings
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        These earrings feature vintage carved glass drops from Czechoslovakia, circa 1920, and handwoven sterling chainmaille.   At the time, art glass often mimicked the look of genuine stones, such as turquoise, which were not readily available  

        Details and Materials

        • 1" long and 1/2" wide
        • sterling silver ear wires
        • vintage art glass stones
        • chrome/rhodium setting
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