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Conversations with Kelly Bennett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Bennett.

Hi Kelly, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I think mine is a common story, I am obsessed with shiny objects! I didn’t always want to be a jewelry designer/maker, but jewelry was always a big part of my life. Looking back now I can see that all roads were all leading here.

I started out making sequin bracelets and friendship pins in the 4th grade, then taking classes in beadwork, moved on to metalsmithing, acid etching, metal clay, I wanted to try everything!

I came to San Diego from Chicago to attend the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and like so many others, I stayed! I am now a permanent North County resident, and while I still consider my jewelry business a hobby, I am hoping to make it full time someday. I never feel more happy and content than when I am sitting at my jeweler’s bench creating something beautiful using metal, fire, and gemstones.

I am starting to branch out and beginning to offer classes at various locations around North County. You can find the latest offerings on my website. It makes me happy to create, and I love helping other people create as well.

I have also become the Vice President of my local Gem and Mineral Club and am the head metalsmithing instructor. I guess I am a one trick pony!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been a pretty smooth road honestly, I have had lots of support. My father also creates jewelry his spare time, so it’s great that we have that bond and I am always calling him for advice. You can believe my mother gets A LOT of jewelry.

Since my jewelry making is a hobby and not a full-time business, there isn’t the stress that comes with knowing I am relying on sales to pay my bills. I don’t think I would enjoy it as much if that were the case.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I think my uniqueness is what sets me apart. Since I dabble in any medium I can get my hands on, as you will see on my website or Insta, I like to call my style, ‘handmade rustic jewelry’.

What you’ll find is metalsmithed jewelry set with singular stones as I buy them as one-offs. Lately, I’ve been mixing metals, using gold and silver together, or brass and silver and sometimes darkening the metal to give more of a contrast.

Then there are my tried and true Precious Metal Clay wax seal pieces. These are crafted from recycled silver that is mixed with an organic binder that has the consistency of PlayDough. I stamp the clay with vintage/antique sealing wax stamps, let it dry, fire it in a kiln where the binder burns off and what’s left is solid piece of pure silver (.999).

I like to think I’m known for my customer service. While I don’t do custom work per se, I am always willing to work with a client to get them their ideal piece. I also and pride myself on fast and free shipping because who doesn’t love that?!?

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Anyone who has ever bought anything from me, thank you! And future customers! My family and boyfriend of course and all the other great business owners out there who shout each other out on social media, it takes a village.

My peeps at the Gem and Mineral Club, when I was new here they made me feel at home and everything I have learned (and continue to learn) from them is invaluable.

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  • Facebook: @facetsandfirejewelry

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