In 2003 when Catherine’s husband Paul noticed a magazine article on a windmill in Jersey and then mentioned it to Catherine, they both fell in love with the building and the rest is history. The expansion into a two-island business was a huge leap forward but Catherine and Paul are delighted at the response from islanders.
A visit to the windmill in St Peter is the best way to appreciate the quality of the jewellery. Again the workshop and showroom are housed together in the granite building that really helps with custom orders.
‘It’s not just a shop, we hold events such as Sparkle Week, fashion and wedding shows and champagne evenings. Every time I arrive at the windmill I just think ‘I love this place’.’
Both mills are perfect for spending hours browsing the latest designs.
A signature of Catherine Best’s work is the astounding use of unusual stones. In a ground-breaking work, ‘Allure’ uses one such unusual stone – Peridot.
The pendant brings together the ancient majesty of Cleopatra with mystical energies using a lime-green Peridot in 18 carat gold with stunning diamonds. Beginning as a spark of inspiration in Catherine’s mind, ‘Allure’ started to come to life as a hand-drawn illustration in Catherine’s notebook and it was turned into reality by a close-knit team of jewellery craftsmen with decades of experience in her Channel Island workshop.
Catherine oversaw the whole creation process from the gold being milled and sawn to the stones being set under precise microscopic view and then highly polished. No piece goes out without her being happy it is of the highest workmanship. Allure really shows off this superb quality and attention to detail.
To learn more about these earrings, visit Catherine Best.