The National Rifle Association isn’t known for endorsing jewelry designers, but one look at Jessica Meyer and Heather Davis’ Bullet Girl collection and they just may change their mind.
Their material repertoire includes .22 millimeter and .223 Remington bullets, 18 karat gold, silver, rubies and pearls, with little ironic touches such as the words “Peace” and “Love” set in diamonds. This is double-take jewelry for sure, and Meyer hopes people see the beauty and new message in the unlikely collection.
Obviously, one just can’t order 10,000 gleaming bullets and Meyer’s access to the ammunition was made easy through a family connection. Meyer gets her bullets from her grandfather’s factory in Cuernavaca, Mexico and was struck by inspiration after seeing the bullets with a fresh eye.
“I like the idea of taking something and making it beautiful,” Meyer said. “I stamp peace sign on the bottom of the bullets as my signature and it’s a great way to honor my lineage.” When not in Mexico, Meyer also lived in Memorial and attended college in Houston. The Bullet Girl collection is carried exclusively at Sloan/Hall.
There is great balance among the necklace, rings, bracelets and earrings. Her patent-pending process that manipulates the bullets, maintains the integrity of the bullets, without sacrificing their sleek shape. A gold spiky necklace is tough and modern, while a string of pearls accented by flower stamp and diamond studs is easily worn by someone’s grandmother.
“Using the back of the bullets with the pearls are edgy but still elegant," Meyer said. "This collection is for the woman who likes edgy things and is not afraid to take a risk, and sees beauty in everything.”
Although Meyer has never shot a gun in her entire life, she can tell you the difference between a .357 Magnum and .22 Winchester in a heartbeat. She and Davis are adamant about the messages of peace and love on the jewelry and admit there’s a thrill when people start recognizing them by their jewelry.
“I was in Aspen and people would start saying, ”Hey, there’s the Bullet Girl!” and I knew we were on to something,” Meyer said. Davis, wife of uber-developer Randall Davis, gets the same reaction when she’s out and about in Los Angeles.
The Bullet Girl collection wowed New York accessory and fashion editors as well. Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar are all featuring the provocative pieces in upcoming issues and Meyer has begun chatting with Saks Fifth Avenue about her collection too.
Despite the quality of materials, Bullet Girl pieces aren't budget-busting — earrings are $150 - $300, bracelets $250-$525 and necklaces run from $210-$2,800.
“I want people to be able to buy this jewelry," Meyer said. "It has such a positive powerful message."