(My apologies must go to Rose as I've been so busy over the last couple of weeks, I've been hardly responding to messages or even writing blog posts.)
I've been utterly intrigued by Rose's life since I started speaking to her over Facebook a few weeks ago, so I was absolutely thrilled when she agreed to be involved in my "In The Spotlight" series.
Tell us about your jewellery brand in 3 words?
Redefining Ethical Luxury
What made you get into jewellery design/manufacture?
I used to hate the fact that when I went shopping, everything in shops looked the same. I wanted to be different, to stand on my own two feet, not wear the same earrings as everyone else and have the same ring as 50 other people.
I think jewellery says a lot about a person – what they choose to wear, where they choose to wear it, what they choose to wear it with. Is a person more conventional? Are they wild and funky? Is there an element of danger to them? Are they elegant and luxurious?
When I met Agung, the royal silversmith with whom I work, opportunity leapt... And as they say the rest is history! There is nothing in the world I love more than designing jewellery for a person’s personality!
Where or who do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from a lifetime of travelling from country to country and living in beautiful lands with incredible people.
Growing up on a research camp the middle of the Bornean rainforest, I developed a deep love of the environment – which is one of the reasons I fight for sustainability within the business.
I found that moments, memories, feelings and glimpses of humanity created shapes in my head which had to be transformed into jewellery! I design many pieces which are based from nature, and many which are inspired by the characteristics and personalities of people that I meet.
What makes your jewellery ethical?
Many things! We strive for transparency throughout the business so that people can check this for themselves too!
Cicely Cliff jewellery made from 100% recycled silver originating from computer parts, we source our stones ethically – if we can’t trace it to source we won’t take it – and our opals are ones that I have helped to mine, then cut and polished myself. Our packaging is made from reclaimed wood and everything is done to ensure minimal environmental damage.
The master craftpeople I work with are all given fair wages and I focus on helping local communities rather than outsourcing work from cheaper and further away areas.