Bespoke jewellery maker makes transition from online to store
2nd October 2017
When you think about jewellery do you ever stop to consider where it has come from or how it has been made?
For one Cleethorpes businesswoman, it has been an important consideration and after setting up her own business working from home as she juggled motherhood, Katie Rudd has now made the bold step into opening the area’s first eco-friendly store.
Salt & Silver Jewellery initially began as an online only business in June 2014, and over those three years, the company has gone from strength-to-strength, and now boasts a store employing a small staff of two on Sea View Street, Cleethorpes.
Former Caistor Grammar School pupil Katie has strong eco-friendly ideologies and the high demand for Salt & Silver’s bespoke, eco-friendly silver jewellery has meant that a physical presence was needed for her to grown the business.
Outgrowing her home workshop area, Katie began looking for a larger space in which to work. In August 2016, she stumbled across an available unit which had an upstairs as well as downstairs. This meant she could move her workshop upstairs and felt it made sense to open a shop downstairs.
A lot of the hard work in transforming the shop and workshop has been done by her partner Sam and Katie is delighted withe transformation. All the materials used to build and furniture in the shop have been reclaimed from other things - following the eco ethos all the way!
Twenty-four year old Katie was delighted to open her company’s first store and said: “This is such a big step for Salt & Silver and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to open our first store in Cleethorpes.
“Everybody has worked so hard to make this happen and I’m especially delighted now that people can come and meet the team in person and see for themselves our nature-inspired range.
"I can't quite believe it, it's been amazing."
Keen to nurture the eco ideology alongside the growth of her business, the mother of one added: “It was very important to remain in-keeping with our company ethos – everything that we use and produce is eco-friendly.
“We use recycled silver, our packaging is one hundred per cent recycled and recycle-able.
“I just want to create something new out of something old and raise awareness of the importance of looking after our planet and the creatures that we live alongside.”
Every piece of jewellery in the store is handmade by Katie, meaning that each piece is unique and obviously takes a little bit longer. The store is located on Seaview Street but access is through Petit Delight’s Courtyard on Cambridge Street.
She has just launched a new collection called Rough and Ready, with quirky pieces of jewellery inspired by the seaside such as shark teeth and crab claws.
The shop is filled with small brands including; artwork, macrame, ceramics, shells and soy candles too. Katie makes jewellery suitable for men, women and children including; necklaces, bracelets, bangles, stud and droplet earrings, gemstone and sea glass rings, stack rings, cuffs and braided leather bracelets. She also makes cute children’s pieces.
Salt & Silver jewellery is open from Wednesday to Friday from 10-5pm and Saturday from 10-4pm and Sunday from 10-3pm.
For more information go to her Facebook page Salt & Silver Jewellery or head to www.saltandsilverjewellery.co.uk
News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com