When designer Heather Goldman, founder of Heather Benjamin Jewelry, is not globetrotting around the world, she can be found enjoying an Australian flat white cappuccino at her neighborhood cafe in Santa Monica. Her face tilted toward the sun, dreaming up her next stunning jewelry collection that is sure to host an exotic combination of gemstones.
Heather is a student of the world. She has circumnavigated the globe, visiting and studying the cultures of the Bahamas, Venezuela, Brazil, Kenya, Seychelles, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Japan. These experiences were life-changing, planting a deep seed in her as an adventurer and anthropologist, with a vast awareness for cultural diversity.
Since 2003, Heather has been designing jewelry that reflects her iconoclastic, freewheeling approach to life. Her one-of-a-kind jewelry collections are as much inspired by her free spirit as they are by the sea, coastal cultures, exotic island lore, nature, and cultural diversity. Heather imbues her jewelry with eclectic individualism and the color and textures of the beach and ocean. The resulting jewelry looks and feels as alive as the ocean itself.
Heather spends much of her time on the island of Bali, overseeing the production of Heather Benjamin Jewelry, which is handmade by master Balinese craftsman. A typical island work day for Heather begins with an outdoor yoga class and a delicious homemade breakfast, complete with Italian coffee and fresh-squeezed fruit juice. Then Heather heads to her office, situated overlooking the inspiring view of an infinity pool and the Pacific Ocean. She sets out all of her components: organic materials such as mother of pearl, abalone shell, naturally shed antler, bone, horn, and rough-hewed gemstones, and begins to play until her designs take shape. Later, she will meet with members of her production team to ensure that the finished pieces match the original design. She says, “Being surrounded by the natural beauty of Bali is so inspiring to me. Often it seems like only moments go by before I lose my light and the sun begins to set.”
We love Heather Benjamin jewelry for its effortlessly chic bohemian aesthetic. It is unmatched in its originality and is a true indie favorite. We hope you will love it as much as we do.
As Always, Shine Bright!