Pieces are finished with oxidized sterling silver, 14k gold fill, 22k gold plated sterling silver vermeil, and very select vintage brass chain. Mesh may also be custom plated with .999 fine silver, 14k and 18k yellow and rose gold. Earrings are 14k gold filled or sterling silver.

Reclaimed metal mesh is antique and vintage brass, originally plated in silver and gold, culled exclusively from signed, Whiting & Davis and Mandalian handbags. The bags date from the 1920s through the 1980s, all manufactured in the United States and Canada. Purses in various conditions — many chipped, torn, or tarnished — are sourced from antique dealers, estate sales, and flea markets. The mesh selection ranges from antique, artfully-worn patinas to newer, bright finishes.

The earliest, enamel mesh, from the Art Deco period, has been embellished with colorful, intricately hand-painted designsMany of these antique treasures were created by a bustling cottage industry of women in Massachusetts, where the Whiting & Davis company is located to this day. At the turn of the last century groups of women could be seen, gathered under trees in the fresh air, dotting front lawns all across town. Such a romantic image. Think quilting bees, but for painting mesh — the industry was booming.

Process shot of antique metal mesh being pieced into earring forms.
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