Beke Design uses traditional jewellery skills and techniques such as forging, soldering, piercing, fret working and chain-making. Combine this with a fresh modern look, artisan, Monika Gennaro, makes each design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Artisan Biography of Monica Gennaro:
From a very early age Monica Gennaro was fascinated with jewellery. However, it was only in 2007 that she turned to jewellery making using beads and wire. Soon realizing that this limited her, Monica enrolled in the three year George Brown College Jewellery Arts Program, one of North America’s largest and best equipped jewellery programs, where she earned the Certificate of Jeweller.
The inspiration for Monica’s jewellery comes from the natural beauty that has surrounded her for the past 12 years: the patterns on tree bark, the shapes of flower petals and leaves. These elements are incorporated in a number of her original handcrafted art-jewellery creations.
All of her beautiful and diverse pieces are handmade solely by her in her Stouffville, Ontario studio. Monica works mainly in sterling silver and gold using traditional methods of jewellery making: sawing, annealing, forging, soldering, and piercing. In most of her exquisitely made pieces, she incorporates precious and semi-precious stones in a bezel setting.
Monica’s unique collections include an eclectic and broad selection of styles from stylized geometric shapes to nature inspired lines and forms. True pride and workmanship is evident in the high quality of each Beke creation. Every finished piece is a true work of art.