Southsea Lifestyle talks to Charlotte Cornelius about her flourishing business and the environmental issues that surround the jewellery industry.
As with many successful businesses Charlotte Cornelius evolved gradually. In fact it was 25 years ago when Charlotte began working from her home studio on Hayling Island, while her daughters grew up. Finally in 2015 Charlotte took the leap and opened her first boutique in Castle Road Southsea. ‘I loved Castle Road, but after two and half years, we’d outgrown the space,’ said Charlotte. A shop at the end of Marmion Road became available and Charlotte hasn’t looked back… you will find a very friendly and talented team of seven in our boutique, which includes two front of house, two designers and three full time goldsmiths in our onsite workshop.
So how does someone commission a ring, or any piece of jewellery from you Charlotte?
‘There are several important stages, starting with a no-obligation design appointment, I get to know people’s preferences and style. We chat through various options, and I like to sketch some designs on the spot. We can discuss costs and look through stone selections, if appropriate. We have our own in house CAD designer and can even create a resin model of the piece for the client to try on.
‘We love to re-model jewellery that a client may not wear anymore, or they may have inherited — breathing new life into sentimental precious gemstones and jewellery, transforming these pieces that can be treasured for many years to come. We can melt the old jewellery down, reuse their stones and make something beautiful and so deeply personal. There’s also a growing interest in memorial jewellery, in which we can incorporate a loved one’s name or their ashes. This ties in with our ethos of sustainability.
‘There are many environmental issues surrounding the jewellery industry, from mining practices to human rights, which is why we are very proud of our Butterfly Mark accreditation from Positive Luxury. Working to ensure metals and stones are regulated and ethically sourced’.
What are your plans for the future? ’To continue to create “Jewellery for Life” and to continue to promote the message that unique bespoke jewellery is for everyone and we are here as your personal designers and makers. And as it’s the 25th anniversary of the business, we will be holding a celebration for our customers before the end of this year!’
87a Marmion Road, Southsea PO5 2AX