About Michele Benjamin Jewelry

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Michele Benjamin Jewelry is MADE IN NY certified by the NYCEDC MIQ - Made in Queens Certification

ABOUT THE ARTIST: 

Michele Benjamin is a New York-based Jewelry Designer and Artist who creates artistic jewelry in Sterling Silver, 18K Gold Vermeil, and 18K Gold Plated Collections. Her nature inspired and activist jewelry is associated with cultural institutions, the fashion industry, and social causes such as women's empowerment, animal conservation, sustainability and educating youth.

Michele Benjamin jewelry is available in museum shops, art galleries, cultural institutions, entertainment venues, and boutiques in the U.S., and online nationally and internationally. Her "Bee" jewelry is available in Whitney Museum Shop, New York.  

"Art plays a significant role in social change because it raises public awareness in order to reach the community at large.  All forms of art are universally understood regardless of language, religion, or nationality."  ~ Quote: Michele Benjamin   

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CERTIFICATIONS: 

  • MADE in NY: Fashion,  NYCEDC, New York
  • WBE: NYC, NYCEDC, New York City
  • WBE: PANYNJ, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • WBE: NYS,  Empire State Development, New York State
  •  MIQ: Made in Queens, QEDC, New York City
  • WOSB: Woman-Owned Small Business, US SBA, Washington, DC

AWARDS:

  • U.S. Department of State, Arts Envoy, WASHINGTON, DC: 
    • "Women's Empowerment" Jewelry, Art & Entrepreneurship Workshops, U.S. Embassy, Pnom Penh, Siem Reap, CAMBODIA;
    • "Saving Wildlife Through Art" Jewelry, Art & Entrepreneurship Workshops, U.S. Embassy, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, LAOS.

BIO:

Michele Benjamin is a New York-based Jewelry Designer and Artist who creates artistic jewelry in Sterling Silver, 18K Gold Vermeil, and 18K Gold Plated Collections. Her nature inspired and activist jewelry is associated with cultural institutions, the fashion industry, and social causes such as women's empowerment, animal conservation, sustainability and educating youth.

Michele Benjamin has worked on projects with U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, creating a pin for the promotion of the “National Women’s History Museum” project at the Smithsonian.  Her collections are certified: “Made in New York” through the New York Economic Development Corporation.  Her “Key to the City” necklace, and “Liberty” pin designs were commissioned by New York City Store, located in Downtown Manhattan at City Hall. 

In June, 2019, Michele Benjamin served as “Arts Envoy” on behalf of U.S. State Department, teaching jewelry, art and women’s entrepreneurship skills to promote Women's Empowerment in Cambodia, and to spread awareness on Animal Conservation in Laos.

Her collections are offered in art galleries, cultural institutions, and boutiques in the U.S., and online nationally and internationally, including her iconic Bee design, which is also offered at the “Whitney Museum of American Art” Shop online, and on Amazon.com. 

Michele Benjamin’s love of fine art and the natural environment inspire the concept and creation of her artistic life forms, including bees, butterflies, angelfish, hummingbirds, tortoises, dragonflies, starfish, seahorses, and more.

Michele Benjamin earned a BA in Art History from Arizona State University, completed post-graduate studies at Parsons School of Design, and specialized Jewelry Design courses at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), including fabrication techniques, lost wax, and professional jewelry production methods.

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Brooklyn Metalworks, Brooklyn, NY
  • Women's Jewelry Association, New York, NY 
  • NGOCSW, United Nations, New York, NY
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