Designer Julie Sanders doesn’t consider herself a jewelry maker, but a welder by trade. It was only after she completed her senior thesis at Connecticut College which consisted of an arsenal of large bronze weaponry when she ran out of room in her home studio and had to begin working on a smaller scale that her jewelry line was born. Her solid amulets are inspired by women throughout wartime and the question of how they defended themselves, each one being just a small token of something much larger. Without using a mold, she creates her designs by melting down found metal using the four elements and allowing it to settle, determining the shape of each piece. All of her pendants are limited edition and made right here in the US in her home studio in Connecticut.