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  • Parallel Byzantine Chain Maille Bracelet by Squirrel-Eze

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    "Chainmaille" is derived from "maille," a French word meaning "mesh or net."

    Parallel Byzantine Bracelet ~ Sterling Silver ~ A combination of parallel and byzantine weaves creates this intricately bold statement bracelet. Chain Maille bracelets have the look of lace, drape of fabric, and the feel of silk.  Approximately 475 rings.  There is tube clasp on this design.  Just pull each end of the cylinder clasp to open. The diameter is 8 1/4" and it weighs 1.3 oz.

    About Squirrel-Eze ~ Sterling Silver & Gold designed jewelry ~ Squirrel-Eze Artisan’s, Jim & Helen Yetman-Bellows married in 1981 and have been in business together since 1995.  Jim is a self taught jewelry.  After hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, the Chain Maille designs captured his bold and dynamic style.   

    Helen draws on her love of nature and simplicity to create pieces that make a statement not an impact.  Her silversmithing has won regional, national and trade magazine awards.

    Each piece is uniquely made.   

    A Little History on Viking Knit

    The Celts likely invented chainmaille somewhere around 300-500AD.  Some sources state that chainmaille may have been invented as early as 300BC.  Soldiers in Europe, Rome, Japan, China, India, North Africa, all used forms of ring-based chainmaille.  Use of chainmaille peaked during the Dark Ages, High Middle Ages, and the Renaissance period with less technologically advanced areas of the world using it even into the 16th and 17th centuries.

    Early on, steel or iron rings were linked then welded or riveted together to make a piece of armor that fit a specific portion of a warrior's body.  Sometimes rings were stamped out of sheets of metal and interwoven with the open or cut rings that were made from handpulled wire.  Today's chainmaille generally uses rings made from factory-made wire then cut with a very thin sharp saw.  Many companies made the rings and sell them to chainmaillers while some chainmaillers prefer to buy the wire and make the rings themselves.  

    Chainmaille is still used today.  Woodcarvers and meat packers use chainmaille gloves and jackets to prevent injury.  Scuba divers use chainmaille to fend off shark bites.  Animal control officers and animal trainers use chainamaille to protect against animal bites.  British police use chainmaille gloves when confronting people armed with knives.  Chainmaille is also used as a screen or draping to prevent shards of metal from harming employees and/or equipment.  And if you're a fan of America's Got Talent, you saw ArcAttack use protective chainmaille suits when they performed using tesla coils.   

    Nearly 1,300 years ago, Vikings used long pieces of silver and gold wire to weave ropes.  These woven wire ropes were then stretched and made into jewelry for famous and powerful Viking leaders.  This wire weaving is called viking knit (or trichinopoly chain).