Erica Weiner

Letterpress Necklace (Gold Plate)

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A few years back, Erica took an intensive course at the New York Center for Book Arts, where she learned to use a 100-year old printing press. She instantly saw jewelry potential in the moveable iron type that's meant to be hand-set, letter by letter. The school generously offered to donate a treasure trove of type that had been worn down by decades of normal use. Saved from the smelter, these now-obsolete tools have been cast in aluminum, plated in 14K gold, and hung from a 22” gold-plated chain. It’s not immediately evident that these 1”-long bar-shaped pendants are anything but decorative until you look closely: the letters measure just 1/8” to 1/4” wide.

We have every letter of the alphabet, and you can choose whether you want one, two, or three letters on your necklace. Sorry, we can't accommodate specific size, font style, upper- or lower- case preferences; let us pick type for you from our always-rotating stock. Please note that your two letters may or may not be a different size and/or typeface.

Indicate which letters you'd like in the "notes" field below—without this information, we can't complete your order!

((about))

A few years back, Erica took an intensive course at the New York Center for Book Arts, where she learned to use a 100-year old printing press. She instantly saw jewelry potential in the moveable iron type that's meant to be hand-set, letter by letter. The school generously offered to donate a treasure trove of type that had been worn down by decades of normal use. Saved from the smelter, these now-obsolete tools have been cast in aluminum and reborn as pendants.  

((details))

  • Made by hand in our Brooklyn studio.  
  • Materials: 14k gold-plated aluminum pendant, 14k gold-plated brass chain. 
  • Measurements: bar pendants are 1" long and 1/8" to 1/4" wide.  Total necklace length is 22". 
  • We have every letter of the alphabet, and you can choose whether you want one, two, or three letters on your necklace. Sorry, we can't accommodate specific size, font style, upper- or lower- case preferences; let us pick type for you from our always-rotating stock. Please note that your two letters may or may not be a different size and/or typeface.
  • Indicate which letters you'd like in the "notes" field below—without this information, we can't complete your order!

((inspiration))

In 1455, the Gutenberg Bible was one of the first books to be mass-produced using movable metal type and a printing press.  Human communication changed forever.