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Maleku Jewelry designer completes certification

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Ileana Rojas-Bennett models a rare pearl necklace valued at more than $700,000.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Ileana Rojas-Bennett, owner and chief designer of Maleku Jewelry Designs is a self-described life-long learner. Since beginning her career in jewelry over a decade ago, she has traveled across the state and nation in search of ways to improve her expertise.

“I believe in taking classes from instructors who are the best in their niche in jewelry fabrication and design,” Rojas-Bennett said. “It is important to me to do quality work and I have been fortunate to learn from many well-known artists.”

This month She recently traveled to Tennessee for a five-day comprehensive stone setting course taught by Blaine Lewis who is renowned for Pave setting techniques that only he teaches.

“This class was one of the most intense I have ever taken,” Rojas-Bennett said. “I can understand why Tiffany and Company has chosen to send 60 of their jewelers to be trained by Lewis. During the week, I also attended a meeting with the American Gem Society and the Gemological Institute of America which gave me fresh information about the gem market. I am excited to bring refreshed and refined methods and design ideas back home. I look forward to not only incorporating these techniques and ideas into my designs, but to also help clients who are looking for a custom order piece of jewelry.”

Rojas-Bennett announced that Chris Darway, a 40-year metal instructor and winner of the International Pearl Design Contest in Japan, has accepted an invitation to instruct a two-day workshop in October on Copper Precious Metal Clay and Sterling Silver Precious Metal Clay. Darway is an artist, metal smith, teacher and designer based in Philadelphia. As a PMC (precious metal clay) senior instructor for the Rio Grande Company, he has been involved with this material since its first introduction.

For more information, visit Maleku Jewelry Designs on Facebook or call 252-717-5481


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The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Aug. 30-Sept. 5 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

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For the third consecutive year, the City of Greenville has been recognized nationally for effective communications.

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