Julie Ames, the artisan behind The Broken Plate Pendant Company, deliberately breaks plates selected from thrift stores, antique shops and department stores in order to turn the shards into jewelry.
She first got the idea after making a mosaic mailbox for herself and was left with more broken shards that needed to be repurposed. Once she made pendants, the orders started rolling in and her business was launched.
Now, she also does custom orders where she turns broken but sentimental pottery like a wedding plate or family dish into wearable heirlooms. So despite the name, she makes plates into rings, bracelets, and earrings too. You can see more of Julie’s designs at her Etsy Store. They are just adorable and make great gifts!