Our Team

Crystalyn Aucoin

Founder and designer, Crystalyn Aucoin is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. After a decade in the jewelry industry selling luxury brands such as David Yurman, Rolex, and MIKIMOTO at Aucoin Hart Jewelers, she decided to create her own jewelry line to fill a gap she saw in the market for minimalistic yet meaningful fine jewelry. She launched Crystalyn Aucoin Jewelry in October of 2018. 

Running her own jewelry brand was not always part of Crystalyn's vision, but a life-altering event changed the course of her journey. In 2016, she lost her 38-year-old husband, Ryan, to cancer. His life, his encouraging words and his death ultimately gave her the strength to unapologetically live out her purpose and continue following the sparks along the way.

Today, she navigates life with a heightened sense of gratitude and intention while encouraging others to do the same through her motivational speeches. Crystalyn enjoys speaking to women’s groups around the country and sharing tools to Design a Life you Love. 

When she’s not working she is enjoying life as a single mother. She can often be found throwing a football at the park with her son Winston or cheering for him on the sidelines of his basketball games. She also loves having dinner out with friends in New Orleans or hosting a game night. Some of her favorite things include, coffee, journaling, traveling and writing. And you will always find her unapologetically following what lights her up!

Amber Menendez

Amber Menendez is the COO at Crystalyn Aucoin Jewelry. Amber met Crystalyn in the jewelry industry over 16 years ago while working together at Aucoin Hart Jewelers. They have became best friends and remained side by side partners through many ups and downs life has thrown at them. Once Crystalyn started her own jewelry brand Amber knew she wanted to work for Crystalyn. She made the career move and has worked for Crystalyn since 2021.

Amber is a mom of 2 beautiful children and a wife to a wonderful, supportive husband. She is an avid horror junkie and loves a good scare... sometimes at Crystalyn's expense! When not working, you can find Amber spending time with her family, enjoying the tasty foods of New Orleans, reading a good book, or napping on the weekends!

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