About

David Bowman, Jeweler
Making high-quality artisan chainmaille jewelry since 2006.

At Desert Chains, every piece is slowly and carefully created to bring the maximum beauty and enjoyment.

Since 2006, David Bowman has worked continually to improve the quality of his jewelry making skills. This hard work has paid off. In 2015, he received the first place award the NM State Jewelry Competition–Chainmaille category with his sterling silver viperscale bracelet, and in 2016, he won the competition with his Rondo a la Byzantine bracelet!

How It’s Made

All jewelry starts as a coil of wire. David makes the jump rings for the jewelry and lightly files each ring to smooth out the cut edges. Then, wearing his magnifying headset, he weaves the rings together into a variety of beautiful and intricate designs. For the final step, all pieces are polished to a very high shine before shipping.

Quality Craftsmanship

What sets Desert Chains apart from other artisans?

  1. Handmade Rings
    I make all my own rings.
    Wire gauge and ring sizes are matched for the right mix of design requirements, chain flexibility, and beauty.
  2. Smooth Edges and Weaving
    The cut edges of all rings are lightly filed to smooth out sharp edges.
    Unlike with most other chainmaille, you won’t get scratched.
    (Really, who else does this? It takes a long, long time, but it’s worth it!)
  3. Exact Ring Closures
    This is the number one difference between amateur and professional chainmaille jewelers.
    The rings are not distorted, they are fully closed, and they won’t catch on clothing or scratch.
    Perfect ring closure are necessary for a flexible chain that will last without rings opening accidentally.
  4. Heirloom Quality
    Most chainmaille doesn’t require soldered rings. The rings won’t open with normal usage. If they do, I’ll fix them for you.
    With pieces marked “Heirloom”, the rings are soldered to guarantee they will stay closed for generation after generation.
    Prices for heirloom jewelry are higher to reflect the hours and hours of extra work from soldering individual rings.
  5. Finishing & Shine
    Every piece is carefully inspected to ensure the weaving is correct and the rings are closed perfectly.
    Finished pieces are tumble-polished for a high jewelry-store shine (or better). It’s the best polishing!
  6. Variable Pricing
    Prices reflect the weight of the materials.
    You only pay for what you order.
  7. After-Purchase Care and Support
    Services include re-polishing, damage repair, and resizing.
    I want you to love your jewelry, and keep on loving it for years!
  8. SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
    If you don’t love it, send it back within 30 days for a full refund (minus shipping, of course).

Questions about the jewelry? E-mail Desert Chains