Hello, I'm Kate, designer-maker and founder at Prosecco & Rubies. I've been making things for as long as I can remember. My jewellery making story began when I was 10 with a beading kit, given to me as a birthday present, and it wasn't long before I started selling my creations at school charity events.
Fast forward 20(ish) years, and I now work in my garden shed - I do have to share it with a few spiders, but we seem to have come to an understanding. When I'm not making jewellery, I'm running around after my little boy and two cats (often at the same time), trying to tame my garden, and planning the next exciting chapter of my family's story.
I believe that every piece of jewellery tells a story. Whether it is the love story that accompanies wedding, engagement and anniversary rings, or one of friendship, such as a bracelet given to you by your best friend because you were having a bad week, jewellery can have a very special and personal meaning and can have precious memories attached to it. I want to help you make more of those memories by living life to the full and telling stories through jewellery.
That story doesn't just start with forming some metal or choosing some gemstones. It starts with the metal and gemstones being mined from the earth and then refined or tumbled, cut and polished. This often takes place in countries where there is significant poverty and little regard for human rights. It can also come at a high cost to the environment.
I do my utmost to use ethically sourced gemstones and recycled metal whenever possible and I am a registered Fairtrade Goldsmith. I employ eco-friendly practices at the workbench, such as recycling scrap metal, paper and card, and reducing plastic waste. I continue to review my suppliers and my own practices to ensure that my business is as ethical and sustainable as possible.