Catherine traces her passion for design back to a childhood crafting wood in her father’s workshop. ‘I really enjoyed creating and would lose myself totally,’ says Catherine.
Her jewellery business took off swiftly 22 years ago, after a UK college education and return home to Guernsey. Her father sponsored the need for precious metal and gem stock and the distinctive Catherine Best brand was born. ‘I worked like crazy and struggled to build up stock,’says Catherine. ‘It made me very aware that I had to get it right first time.’
She started trading at craft fairs to build up her reputation until she could move into the beautiful old Mill that is now a thriving studio. Fast-forward and the 2010 Collection sees her passion come to fruition once more. Her blend of traditional workmanship and fashion-forward designs are part of her success, as is her love of stunningly beautiful jewels.
In Guernsey where Catherine began her innovative designs, her studio and showroom are housed in an early 19th Century mill that is steeped in personality. It’s the smooth roundness of the curved walls that never seem to end or begin, that Catherine loves.
The historic old steam mill sits in the fresh air of St Martin’s parish, only 5 minutes from the town. ‘We feel so lucky to be in such a prominent landmark. The setting here is magical’. The mill’s ancient local stone tower is at the end of a peaceful lane, and has immense charm and presence.
Visitors clearly see that it’s a hub of a family business that has been driven from the heart for more than two decades. ‘Our friendly employees provide a personal service which is focused on providing customers with a great experience,’ says Catherine.
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