Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Denise discovered her interest in jewelry early. As a teenager, 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.
Handcrafted in her Santa Fe studio, Denise Betesh’s jewelry is both current and classic.
Working with matte 22 karat gold lends the work an ancient quality, while the minimal design elements and flawless gemstones define the best of contemporary jewelry.
Well known and respected for her distinctive chains, as well as granulation and fusion techniques, Denise combines the best of old and new, traditional and innovative - creating heirlooms meant to be worn every day.
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.
Contact: Denise Betesh