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February 10, 2016

Helen Rule

Marietta’s Helen Rule’s fascination with military arms and armor is evident in her unique metal jewelry designs.

The designer & background: The self-taught artist graduated with an anthropology degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned an MBA from Emory University. Rule started making chainmaille armor in college for fun and turned jewelry making into a full-time profession after grad school. Rule, who is co-owner and operator of 2 Rules Fine Art in Marietta Square, has been making chainmaille jewelry since 2010.

Materials: A variety of wire, including brass, copper, silver, bronze, niobium and titanium, plus semiprecious stones, beads and fossils.

What is chainmaille: Chainmaille refers to the material produced by linking small metal rings together to form a mesh. Rule’s chainmaille pieces have hundreds (sometimes thousands) of hand-made links that are woven into different chain patterns. The versatile Byzantine weave is one of her favorites.

What’s popular: Graduated Persian chainmaille necklaces ($200 to $500) and earrings ($40 to $100).

Other favorites: One-of-a-kind statement necklaces, incorporating unusual gemstones ($250 to $3,900); Celtic Star weave pendants ($25 to $120), earrings ($25 to $120) and bracelets ($100 to $300).

Fun request: Made two full custom-fit suits of samurai armor out of sheet metal and chainmaille.

What’s new: Intricate chainmaille designs inspired by Victorian lace collars (pictured below).

Claim to fame: Regular exhibitor at the annual Dragon Con art show in Atlanta.

Where to buy: Atlanta Made, 1187 Howell Mill Road ( and 2 Rules Fine Art, 85 Church St., Marietta (




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