I launched Rachel Whitehead Jewellery in 2016 when I was lucky enough to be chosen by John Lewis to represent the Jewellery Quarter in their Birmingham department store. The whole process was a little bit surreal (I still pinch myself now!), selling the jewellery I made in my bedroom alongside some huge brand names was pretty mad and exactly the kick up the bum I needed to take my jewellery more seriously.
I grew up in a tiny village in the Highlands of Scotland then spent my teenage years on the Sussex coast near Brighton. Having always grown up by the sea and the countryside the flora and fauna of the summertime is what makes me happy.
Having worked in the British jewellery industry for little one woman bands, bespoke jewellery designers and some of the biggest bridal jewellery manufacturers in the UK for over a decade my obsession for jewellery has grown a little bit out of hand. So designing and making pieces that I love that get sent all over the world to people who love them too is my dream job.
I design and make all of my jewellery from my workshop in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham which I share with some very talented friends.
Below is a film made for Small Business Saturday where explain what having a small business means to me.