About Michele Benjamin Jewelry

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WHAT IS OUR GOAL? 

Michele Benjamin Jewelry is associated with promoting women’s empowerment, wildlife conservation, and educating youth. Each jewelry design is of heirloom quality and affordably priced. There is special meaning and symbolism associated with each piece.  


WHY CHOOSE US? 

I create jewelry and accessories for fundraising to support causes that provide medicine and housing to the underserved. Since the beginning of the pandemic, April 2020, I have been making and donating hundreds of masks to first responders, essential workers and their families, women’s shelters, and people in need.

Michele Benjamin is a THOMAS COVID-19 SUPPLIER and represented on MADE in NYC, PPE MarketPlace.  Her masks are non-medical grade, and noted for comfort and fit.

 

 

BIO: 

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 

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” 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 Wildlife Conservation in Laos. In November 2019, Michele Benjamin received a Global NY STEP grant from New York State Economic Development Corp. for travel to Dubai, UAE including Gold Key Service from US Department of Commerce, in order to promote "Made in New York" products overseas. 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, as seen at the Whitney Museum of American Art, on the runway at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), 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.

CLIENT LIST:


CERTIFICATIONS: 

  • MADE in NY: Fashion,  NYCEDC, New York, NY
  • Made in NYC, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
  • MIQ: Made in Queens, QEDC, Queens, NY

  • WBE: NYC, NYCEDC, New York City,  Expires: 11/29/2022.
  • WBE: PANYNJ, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Expires: 4/30/2021.
  • WBE: NYS,  Empire State Development, New York State, Expires 01/2022.
  • WOSB: Woman-Owned Small Business, US SBA, Washington, DC. Expires: 10/16/2021

AWARDS:

VERIZON MENTORSHIP PROGRAM COHORT 3
BY TECH INCUBATOR AT QUEENS COLLEGE, Feb. - Sept. 2021: 
Awarded acceptance into 6 month digital marketing training program sponsored by Verizon and Yahoo, as well as a growth circle peer-to-peer mentoring program.

GLOBAL NY: STEP AWARD, November 2019: 
Awarded by GLOBAL NEW YORK "State Trade Expansion Program" Empire State Development Corporation, NYS, to Promote
"Made in New York" products in DUBAI, UAE.

ARTS ENVOY: U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, June 2019: Department of Cultural Affairs: Teaching Art and Jewelry Workshops:
"Empowering Women" in Cambodia and
"Saving Wildlife Through Art" in Laos.  

      MEMBERSHIPS:

      • Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY 
      • Women's Jewelry Association, New York, NY
      • NGOCSW, United Nations, New York, NY
      • Women in the Arts Foundation, New York, NY

       

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