Captivated by India
While tagging along on her husband’s business trip to India in 2004, Julie found her calling. Julie was awestruck by the jewelry she saw in the bazaars there. She gathered enough baubles for a trunk show and sold out, eventually launching her own collection in 2006.
A walk through a museum inspired Julie to design a signature ram’s-head ring. She delights in snapping photos of things that move her and provide inspiration, like a single ivory-white rose or the cacti displayed at a corner flower shop in California.
Taking It Slow
For Julie, ideas are best when they percolate. When she wanted to create something using a lock and key, she let a prototype sit on her desk, amid the other trays of jewelry in the making, for a few months. “One day, it came to me to make bangle bracelets,” she says. “One would have the lock, and the other would have the key.”