WELCOME TO BIJOUX BY BEVERLY
BEVERLY BENJAMIN, is a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, but originally born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. The wife of Bishop T. Garrott Benjamin, Jr (for 48 yrs.), the former Pastor of Light of the World Christian Church,and the proud mother of 3 adult sons and the grandmother to two grandchildren who reside in Calif.
Beverly has always enjoyed working with her hands and coloring from her early childhood. Being an only child, it was one of the ways she entertained herself. Little did she know that her love for color, sparkle, and working with her hands would bring her to the position of a painter and jewelry designer which she truly loves and continues to design and create daily.
Her love for creating and designing as a “profession” began about 25 years ago. Being “self-taught” and using her God-given skills has allowed her to become one of the leading jewelry designers in the Indianapolis area. Many local and out-of-state residents adorn many of her designer pieces, and a wonderful article appeared in the Essence magazine describing how her love and passion for creating “masterpieces” all began.
Beverly you could say is a “late bloomer” when it comes to starting her business. She went to a local boutique one day and saw a beautiful necklace set that she fell in love with. It was however, quite pricey so she decided to try and make it. After purchasing beads similar to the one see she saw, she proceeded to try and duplicate the necklace and it became her “signature piece” which sparked the beginning of BIJOUX by Beverly.
A wonderful article (see below) was featured in the Indianapolis Star Newspaper which describes how Beverly was the FIRST minority jewelry vendor who was chosen to have a TRUNK SHOW at the grand opening of the Nordstrom’s Dept. Store when it opened in downtown Indianapolis. Not only was Beverly doing a trunk show for Nordstrom’s, she was also opening her own kiosk in the same mall at the same time selling her jewelry and men and ladies accessories. She operated the kiosk for over 5 years until she closed and went into private vending.
She has enjoyed sharing her creative gifts by giving back in the community. She teaches young girls at Harvest Girls International how to make and learn to create their own jewelry which they can sell or make as gifts for friends and family.
This little brief bio gives you a little insight how the artist got started in this business, and now she feels it is time to stretch-out and test the waters by taking her product internationally by way of the world-wide web. Her husband is her greatest supporter,and always has said, “if you want something you have never had, you have to do something you have never done!” So now we are birthing my new website…….ENJOY!