| November/December 1968

  • Woven stainless steel jewelry
    A display of the Woven stainless steel jewelry made by Lorena White.
  • Mrs. Lorena White
    Mrs. Lorena White of Monroe, Ohio, is shown with two of her children making a stainless steel wire bracelet. The jewelry items are woven into shape, then polished to a high luster. The stainless steel is supplied by Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation.

  • Woven stainless steel jewelry
  • Mrs. Lorena White

Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation, Oliver Building, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

Add 'paleface' technology to a fine old Indian craft and the result is an attractive and unusual kind of jewelry which costs so little wampum any maiden or brave can afford it.

That, in a trinket, is the story of Lorena White of Monroe, Ohio, and her increasingly successful 'Mohawk Made' jewelry.

Mrs. White is a Mohawk Indian who learned traditional Indian crafts at her mother's knee. In 1936 she married a 'paleface' metallurgist and chemist who had come to Niagara Falls, near her home, to work.

Today, the Whites have 'ten little Indians,' one of whom is now serving his country in Vietnam. In the 38 by 40-foot basement of their home on quiet Elm Street, Mrs. White handcrafts her delicate stainless steel jewelry.

The Whites went into the jewelry business in 1950. The big idea was to combine the husband's technical knowledge of metallurgy and chemistry with the wife's special skills in Indian crafts. Together, they concluded, they had the makings of a distinctive jewelry business.


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