Former graphic designer and lifelong fashion + vintage obsessive, Maral Rapp's focus on detail and craft, commitment to personal style, and love for vintage objects are much of what drives her. Drawn to the flashy, fluid metal of Mid Century and Art Deco mesh handbags, Maral was inspired to incorporate the iconic bags in a more wearable, contemporary style with the creation of this singular, metal mesh jewelry.

 

Working from her Oakland, California studio, she presents swatches of the reclaimed mesh as small jewels, as artifact, detailing them with precious metals. Rich in history yet decidedly modern, the resulting works offer this storied material in a fresh, accessible, and ultimately more personal way—delivering slinky, flashing gems that glow in the lowest of light.

 

"I have equal love for a clean, modern line and a dirt-tarnished patina—don’t make me choose."

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