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Meet Courtney Bensik of Courtney Bensik Jewelry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Bensik.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Courtney Bensik Jewelry is first and foremost a creative outlet. Beginning as a collaborative project between my husband and I, we crafted jewelry from repurposed materials like antique silverware, vintage rosaries, old keys and steel nails, etc. speaking to not only the gender-blending movement but also the rising thirst for environmentally conscious design. The result was abstract jewelry that was rough around the edges and resonated with individuals that appreciate the design that scribbles outside the lines.

That vision still drives the work I create today. While the jewelry has come a long way – I now design fine jewelry using precious metals, gemstones, and raw crystals – the ethos is the same. My work challenges the idea of traditional fine jewelry and bends the notion of beauty by embracing the chaos of human/nature.

Has it been a smooth road?
I see any struggle as an opportunity for growth. There have been many growth periods along my creative journey. One being that I decided to change the name of the company, which first started out as Androgyny Design. Looking back, I kind of miss the name. It wasn’t an easy decision to make as it meant totally rebranding. The experience helped me get really clear about my message to my audience and patrons. My design process is more focused now as a result.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Courtney Bensik Jewelry – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business now is focused mainly on custom designs and one-of-a-kind crystal jewelry.

I’m grateful for the word of mouth referrals to create customized designs to fit the desires of my clients from alternative wedding rings to sacred crystal talismans. When clients come to me with their precious crystals and give me artistic freedom to create the perfect setting for them, it becomes a beautiful relationship.

I’m known for being able to set raw organically shaped stones in ways that will not only enhance their natural beauty but secure them to last a lifetime.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Los Angeles is so vast and multi-cultured. Every pocket of the city is different and exciting and there are so many places to explore and things to experience; all with their own distinct flavor. It feels a bit like an insiders city though.

If you don’t have someone to show you around or know what resources to turn to when starting the search for what to do or where to go, it can feel a bit isolating.

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