OLD & NEW.
TRADITIONAL & INNOVATIVE.
HEIRLOOMS MEANT TO BE WORN EVERYDAY.
Denise Betesh's jewelry is both current and classic.
Matte 22 karat gold lends the work an antique quality. The simple design elements and flawless gems reference the best of contemporary jewelry.
Denise creates the work at her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When starting a new piece, the gold is milled and drawn, either to form a design or accommodate a gemstone. Tiny granules of gold are then individually fused onto the surface of the metal without solder. This delicate and detailed process, called 'granulation', was refined by the Etruscans, and has been used since the third millennium BC by the goldsmiths of the eastern Mediterranean regions.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Denise discovered her interest in jewelry early. As a teenager in the 60’s, she created macrame out of wire. She made several wedding bands, one of which her grandmother wore. It was seen by Cartier jeweler Aldo Cippullo (creator of the ‘screw bracelet’) who commissioned work from Denise and encouraged her career. Bolstered by this support, she attended the Boston Museum of Arts, specializing in ancient techniques, and studied in New York at the Jewelry Arts Institute (formerly Kulick-Stark), specializing in granulation and chain making.
sourced from the highest quality materials.
Denise uses recycled gold in all of her hand-crafted pieces. Taking care to source precious stones ethically, she uses only conflict-free diamonds and gemstones.
The palette of her designs is representative of the soft, dreamy desert of New Mexico.