The history of each necklace begins in Liberia. In the part of Liberia where Lovetta Conto is from, many thousands of bullets were fired during the war. Even though the war ended in 2003, the spent shell casings can still be found, scattered across the land in places.
Handcrafted, the leaf pendant is made from melted bullet shells, the part that is left over after the bullet is fired. The bead is the actual bottom of the bullet shell.
She chose the word “life” to be inscribed into the leaf to remember that new life can begin after hardship. It is even possible for new life to arise from something as terrible as war.
Men and women can both wear the bullet and leaf. It’s strong – I hope they remind each person who wears them that no matter what they’ve been through, they can rise.