To give you a little background about LuLu & Charles Jewellery & how the business started, I thought it would be nice to give you a little background information about each member of our team and the role we play in our independent, family run business.
So starting with myself, Hi I’m Jayne…
I was born into a creative family, my father a classically trained goldsmith with his own independent business & my mother playing a key role by my fathers side, as they say, behind every great man, is a great woman. Having grown up around my dad’s workbench, watching him hand make fine jewellery from start to finish, I steered towards a creative vocation of my own.
I went on to study at the prestigious Fashion & Textiles Programme at Northumbria University and following a four year degree, with a 1st class B.A. (hons) under my belt, I went on to work in the fashion industry, as a textiles designer, selling surface pattern designs nationally and internationally to the likes of Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Topshop and a like.
Alongside my freelance I taught part time, teaching Fashion & Textiles at Newcastle College & occasionally Northumbria University. During my late teens, I met Ashley (my now husband & business partner), and we now have three beautiful sons. Like many mothers, my life and outlook changed after becoming a mother and a twist of fate, has led me to follow in my fathers footsteps.
Now working along side my husband and father, bench by bench, we each design and co-create a range of beautiful jewellery. We all have different styles and strengths, which all adds to our unique brand. In a short space of time our small business has evolved very quickly and our eclectic mix of skills combined have magically gelled together, with passion and pride to make LuLu & Charles Jewellery a pretty special place to work.
A designer at heart with a love for all things vintage, I take inspiration from the past, all things british and tattoos with symbolic meaning. Its safe to say I love what I do, working alongside my father & husband, learning traditional skills and tricks of the trade, handed down by my dad, to realise new jewellery designs and collections.