Claire Wenban had a busy, full-time career in marketing, within the media and advertising world.
“I was working in London,” said Claire “with a long daily commute and little flexibility. I wanted to spend more time with my two children and also to try a business venture that was completely different.
“Once I had the initial idea of Fizzy Flower it was relatively easy to get the online boutique up and running. I have been lucky to have had lots of help and support from friends, family and former colleagues. My husband Julian, who also works in marketing, is a partner in the business and great for bouncing ideas off and my father-in-law is our accountant.
“On the whole there is much more flexibility running your own business than working for someone else so I probably work the same number of hours I did before but in a less rigid pattern. There’s always something to do but luckily I thrive on being busy!”
Claire wanted the Fizzy Flower collection to include necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings made both in the UK and around the world.
“I love natural materials like freshwater pearls, leather, shell and semi precious stones” said Claire “all of which have wonderful variations in texture and colour, making every piece unique. I also favour the weight they bring to a piece of jewellery, making it move and hang beautifully. We do have some fashion pieces in the collection that are plated but we definitely don’t do plastic!
“Our handmade, designer jewellery range includes some gorgeous sterling silver and freshwater pearl jewellery made by two British designers, Claudia Bradby and Fi Mehra. Our pewter collection offers something a little different and is a fabulous alternative to silver. It is all made in Cornwall and includes lots of wonderful garden and seaside shapes such as flowers, butterflies and starfishes as well as some very simple, modern pieces too.
“I have always been creative and as a child I loved making a variety of things from miniature food made from clay for my dolls house to all sorts of cuddly toys. I do make a few pieces of jewellery and have a small studio at home, but I prefer to seek out the latest designs so that we have a really good range in stock.”
Claire regularly visits jewellery shows and events to keep up with the latest trends and meet both designers and manufacturers. She was delighted to have been chosen as a UK stockist of Hultquist jewellery, a Danish brand of feminine and bohemian fashion jewellery influenced by the classical Scandinavian look.
“One of my favourite Fizzy Flower pieces that I have worn endlessly recently is a contemporary, long seed pearl necklace in a silvery grey colour, with a silver hammered heart pendant,” said Claire “The ring of the pendant opens so you can wear the necklace long or short, making it really versatile and the neutral colour means it goes with everything!
“All the pearls used in our pearl jewellery collection are premium quality, cultured freshwater pearls sourced from the Far East, Australasia and the Pacific regions.
“I am a firm believer that good quality and slightly different accessories, whether jewellery, shoes or scarves, can make a huge difference to your overall appearance and the way you feel.
“My collection falls between the mass produced high street offering and the expensive designer pieces you might find in a gallery. And of course, being a small, privately owned company, we totally get how important it is to look after our customers and make sure they are happy.
The Fizzy Flower collection is available on line and offers a free delivery and wrapping service. For more information visit www.fizzy-flower.co.uk
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