By Rebecca featured in Kinross Newsletter
“I was in such a dark place when I started Holly Silver Jewellery, but being able to express myself through words and share with others has transformed my life. I always dreamt of sharing my passion with others and being able to do it in a way that lets me give something back in return is really special.”
Rebecca Robertson took the bold step of starting her own business when she realised that working behind a desk was not for her.
Always creative and looking for ways to express her feelings through art, Rebecca completed a silver smithing course during her years living in Manchester. She was working as a sales rep at the time and life on the road just wasn’t fulfilling enough. This had her hooked.
The watershed moment came in 2014, shortly after the birth of her son and breakdown in her marriage. Desperate to give him the best she could and achieve the all-desirable work-life balance, Rebecca realised that as long as she worked for someone else it was never going to be achievable. In that year Holly Silver Jewellery was established.
Life as a jeweller started out in quite an unglamorous fashion, holed up in the 1m x 1m kitchen cupboard that made do as her workshop. As business grew, Rebecca has had to take on staff to keep up with demand and now has a studio based in Kinross. Self-taught, her items are sought after by numerous stockists and local galleries throughout the UK, and the Sassenach bangle Rebecca designed in line with the epic success of the tv series Outlander has resulted in customers from across the globe.
Rebecca takes pride in hand-making all her pieces herself, with her signature mark being the stamping and personalisation of each item. Her success may lie with how she is prepared to bare her soul when it comes to her work; all her sentiments and emotions are exposed in her art. It gives her a lot of joy hearing other people's stories and being able to support with the healing and strengthening of words through bespoke jewellery pieces which embody love, growth and connection.
Connections and people are important to Rebecca and it was for these reasons she decided to remain in Kinross and expand there. The potential of the business has been recognised by the Perth and Kinross council, who have awarded multiple grants, enabling a brand refresh to ‘Holly Silver by Rebecca’ and in 2018 giving the business the amazing opportunity to open its own craft centre. This is a pop-up space for other artists, sculptors and painters to show-case their work – and invaluable in terms of strengthening the local community.
Rebecca says, “I was in such a dark place when I started Holly Silver Jewellery, but being able to express myself through words and share with others has transformed my life. I always dreamt of sharing my passion with others and being able to do it in a way that lets me give something back in return is really special.”