I was 28 years old when I graduated from Arizona State University, with a degree in Design Studies. This is when I decided I was going to start my own jewelry business. It started out one way and has evolved into something I’m proud of and cherish. Metalsmithing is my passion and my means of self-expression. My last name is Tornabene. I think two people have ever pronounced it correctly. So when I was deciding on a name for my brand, I wanted something short and easy. T. Bene Jewelry was born. Unfortunately, T. Bene isn’t all that easy to pronounce either. Life is funny that way.