Chain Maille Jewelry
If you’ve only associated the linked metal rings of chain maille with medieval armor and historical reenactments, take a look at the chain maille jewelry our CustomMade artisans have created for their customers. Although chain maille (or maille, chainmail, and other variations) was manufactured for centuries as armor for warriors across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, the material’s strength, flexibility, and strong visual and textural appeal lends itself today to bold custom jewelry designs.
Each sterling silver ring in “Neptune’s Gift” chain maille bracelet was handmade and woven together by Jewelry by Mig Lemire. The “scrolls of silver” frame the gorgeous deep burgundy sea glass focal like waves against a rocky shore. Contact Mignonne Lemire and have her create a unique piece of chain maille jewelry inspired by the natural beauty of coastal Maine.
Chain maille can serve as both the chain and the pendant on custom necklaces by Body More Beautiful. The “Sand Dunes” necklace sports chain maille links, lampwork beads, Swarovski crystals, and fancy pewter round balls and has a matching set of earrings. The Argentium sterling silver “Link Me” necklace features a pyramid-style chain maille pendant with Swarovski crystal drops. Get in touch with Wendy Perley and have a chain maille jewelry piece custom designed to accompany a special outfit.
A diamond pattern in reclaimed sterling silver chain maille gives this Victorian lace bracelet by WorldWise Jewelry “a very lacy, feminine look.” Contact Kathy Pine and discuss a chain maille design made from reclaimed or other ethically sourced metals.
Chain maille’s historical associations make it a good candidate for men’s jewelry. Add an “industrial/rocker vibe” to the design, like Diana Ferguson Jewelry did to this oxidized sterling silver men’s pendant with leather cord, and you have a very cool piece. Diana originally designed this pendant at the request of Eric Clapton’s publicity manager, who asked for chain maille pendants for the performers at the 2010 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival, including Eric Clapton, John Mayer, ZZ Top, Albert Lee, and BB King. You can contact Diana and discuss your custom metal and cord options for your own chain maille pendant.
Post your request for custom chain maille jewelry on our CustomMade “Get it Made” project board and have interested artisans contact you.