Modern Ethical Heirlooms by Christina Atkinson
Bexon Jewelry is an ethical fine jewelry brand by designer Christina Atkinson. A Southern California native and lifelong artist, Christina first began making beaded jewelry in 2010 as gifts for friends and family. After taking a metal smithing course at a local community college, her passion for metal fabrication and jewelry design was ignited. She soon after acquired an internship with a local fine art jeweler, and later became her production assistant for two years. At the same time, Christina launched her first jewelry business, Duende Creations, a bridge line comprised of brass, silver, turquoise and other cabochon gemstones.
Over the years, Christina has had the pleasure of creating many custom pieces as well. In 2015, some good friends asked her to create their wedding rings. That first set sparked the fascination with fine jewelry for Christina. In early 2019, she launched Bexon Jewelry. The name is an eponymous amalgam of her maiden and married last names, Bec and Atkinson.
Sustainability and ethical practices in sourcing and production are the fundamental tenets of Bexon. Recycled metals are used for all cast components, and all stones are certified conflict free, KPCS compliant. Christina’s commitment to sustainability is ongoing and she looks forward to pursuing new initiatives in the future such as becoming a fair-mined gold licensee. She also enjoys breathing new life into reclaimed gemstones in her custom heirloom redesigns and one of a kind pieces. Christina and her husband, who is also a designer and artist, live and work in Huntington Beach, CA with their two sons.
Ingrained in all of us is a deep longing to be remembered...to make a difference in some way. We want to know that our lives have made an impact on those around us, especially the ones we love. As an artist, that is part of my mission as well. To leave my mark in the form of wearable art, but even more so, in the relationships that have been cultivated through the process of connection with my clients.
Bexon Jewelry is for people who care about the effect their purchases have on the planet and the people who make the products we buy. It's for strong, compassionate, idealistic, romantics-people who are passionate about leaving the world a better place. It's for those who desire to leave a legacy of integrity.
The best pieces of jewelry tell meaningful stories. They commemorate new life, love, or loss. They remind you of people you love and places you have been. They're so much a part of your story that you rarely take them off. I love to help my clients tell their stories by immortalizing them into bespoke jewelry pieces, creations that are as unique and beautiful as you. It's a great honor to me to have my jewelry adorn your body, to travel through life with you and one day become heirlooms - a part of your legacy.
With my debut collection, Initium, I set out to create strong, emblematic wardrobe staples that would integrate beautifully within your signature style. Initium, is aptly named for the Latin word which means “beginning”. Designed to be the foundation for a capsule jewelry collection, it’s comprised of classic wardrobe staples such as signet rings, hoop earrings, and medallion pendants. Versatile and effortlessly chic, they are at home among your treasured heirlooms and are destined to become the same.
On a deeper level, I wanted to create solid, timeless pieces that capture the essence of resilience and the spirit of rebirth, imbuing the wearer with a sense of strength and identity. I sought to portray the ideas of integrity, resilience and strength via whole, symmetrical forms and the contrast of rough texture and high polish. Life is a series of juxtapositions. We are not who we once were, but the trials we’ve experienced have shaped who we are now and who we are becoming. The development of character is an ongoing, lifelong process. This is reflected in the collection by the persistence of rough texture with glimmers of high polish that peeks out, like little glimpses of hope of a brighter tomorrow. The subtle placement of pavé set diamonds at the intersection of the ‘X' form on many of the pieces is symbolic of the idea that it’s often through our trials and scars that the wisdom and beauty of experience are born into our character. It’s through learning to accept our past and pain as a part of our story, but not our identity, that we become truly stronger.
It’s my desire that when you wear Bexon Jewelry, it will serve as a reminder of the importance of forgiveness and acceptance, for yourself and others. When you see them sparkle and feel their weight, I hope that they will be worn as tokens of resilience, emblems of grace, and beacons of hope.
Each piece was individually hand carved in wax before being cast locally in Los Angeles in recycled gold. The manufacturers I work with are small family owned businesses, and independent craftsmen who are always paid a fair wage. All stones are certified conflict free, Kimberly Process Compliant. I have an ongoing commitment to sustainability, and look forward to new opportunities to reduce waste and pollution and to better communities through my jewelry in the future.
Timeless and classic, while simultaneously modern and relevant, Bexon Jewelry will stand the test of time, one day becoming a treasured heirloom for you to be remembered by.
Your Jewelry. Your Reflection.