One of a kind
This one of a kind necklace showcases a truly unique gold-fill Victorian locket engraved "W of W" on it's front and monogrammed on it's back. The locket hangs from a collection of vintage chain links and cut glass rosary beads. The "W of W" inscription stands for “Woman of War”, also known as "Woman Ordnance Worker”, and the inside of the locket contains an original photo. The necklace closes with a lobster clasp.
During World War II around three million women were working in war plants across the United States. They were crucial to the war effort, as the loss of men to military service left a workforce shortage in many areas. The WOW (Woman Ordnance Worker) concept was created to foster patriotic spirit and identification with the war effort by women working in the US Army's war production sites. WOWs wore red bandanas with distinctive markings of a flaming bomb not only for safety reasons but from a sense of pride, accomplishment and achievement in their contributions to the war effort. The use of an invented character "Rosie the Riveter" on a brightly colored poster was a powerful propaganda piece.
Necklace measures 27" with a 4" drop; locket has 1.25" diameter
All KariBeth jewelry pieces come in their own hand made dust bag, are constructed from vintage and antique finds that are curated on her travels near and far, and they're recreated by hand in her Nashville, TN home studio.