Welcome to Maleku Jewelry. Ileana Maria Rojas-Bennett was born in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose. She is a descendant of the Maleku Indian Tribe.
“I was fortunate enough to grow up in the home of an outstanding artist. In fact my most basic childhood memory is one of my mother’s portraits and sculptures. After completing a master’s degree in education I moved to the United States and decided to pursue my passion for art. Beginning with stained glass, I created many eye-catching pieces before I learned to fuse glass, making dichroic glass pendants, rings and earring sets. I quickly realized the colors that were being created in my kilns were reminiscent of the vast kaleidoscope of colors I knew as a little girl in my native country. With this inspiration it was then that I decided to exclusively create jewelry with fashion, glamour, and the modern woman in mind and Maleku Jewelry Designs was born.
I now work with sterling and fine silver, 14, 22, and 24 K gold and semi precious stones such as blue Persian turquoise, black onyx, smoky quartz, jasper, astrophyllite, eudialyte and labradorite among others. I also particularly use freshwater pearls, corals, abalone, mother-of-pearl and others beauty from the depths of the sea. My beads are seed beads, handmade glass beads, and other trade beads that are beauties from the generations of many cultures. And don’t forget the world-famous Swarovski crystals from the Czech Republic which make every piece a treasure.”
Maleku Tribe Background
North Carolina Jewelry Designer Invited to Academy Awards/ PRESS RELEASE_2013
Maleku Jewelry estará en los Oscar 2013/ Maleku Jewelry estará en los Oscar
NOLCHA FASHION WEEK August 2010 Press Release/ aug2010
(MEDIA CONTACT 2010- English version)/ MEDIA+CONTACT
(El comunicado de prensa en espanol del 2010- Spanish version)/ ElComunicado_de prensa_en_espanol_del_2010
NOLCHA FASHION WEEK (Spring 2010)/ NOLCHA FASHION WEEK (2)
Staff of Maleku Jewelry