Jewellery Designer

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Lora L

0.00.00 My name is Lora L. I’m a jewellery designer. I run my own business in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter and I live just outside of that in England. Just being able to create things and to see people wearing them to kind of take raw materials of light sheets of metal and wire and actually turning them into a final piece, it’s definitely motivating. I actually enjoyed school. The school that I went to wasn’t a particularly great school.

0.00.30 I knew that from school that I wanted to actually make something of my life. I wanted to do something. I was quite ambitious so I definitely wanted to do something interesting with my life. I’ve always liked the creative subjects. I did textile design and anything from woodwork to metalwork. I enrolled into BTEC in art and design which didn’t go down too well. It was kind of not seen as something that I should do.

0.01.00 Despite that I went ahead and did it anyway and I knew that was what I wanted to do. I absolutely loved it. This is a piece which came from my studies. I went and collected lots of cutlery and created jewellery from them and following the found and recycled objects theme and that’s just one of the first pieces that I made, so that’s literally where the journey all started from.

0.01.30 My parents didn’t particularly want me to start a business, although when I sort of had it in my heart and decided well I’m going to do it anyway, then the support kind of changed a bit more and was like okay, you know, we will support you then. Well my dad runs his own business so that’s where I sort of had an insight as well of being self employed and my mum is a bookkeeper so she did the books for his business. So everything was kind of very business orientated anyway. So I just sort of took that idea and developed it into my own.

0.02.00 I knew where I wanted to go but I didn’t know how I could actually get there, so by meeting with the Princes Trust literally with an idea and just letting it snowball from there really. I’ve been going just over three years now and just before Christmas I’ve opened up a second business which is a gallery, a contemporary gallery in Stratford-upon-Avon. I’ve got about 35 stockists around the UK now and I’m just going into international selling as well.

0.02.30 I did a necklace for Duchess of Cornwall and she ended up wearing it on live television which was just an absolute shock to me and since then I’ve just created a tiepin for Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, so it’s really nice to have kind of these rural connections and Royal clients. My partner Robert’s been there from the very beginning. He’s always supported me. Wherever I go he comes with me just for support if anything.

0.03.00 But the Princes Trust put you onto a programme where you do get a mentor and my mentor, Clive, he’s in retail himself so it, you know, it’s really valuable advice that he gives me. He never interferes. He never tries to run anything and, but the advice that he gives is definitely worth listening to. I suppose in five years time I’d like to have a few stockists. I’d like to have perhaps three or four and just try and expand in creating a brand with my gallery.

0.03.30 I love to stay involved with the Princes Trust. They’ve helped me out so much. I’ve just won the Princes Trust Enterprise Award as well for the region and I’m up for the National Awards next which are falling at the end of March. Being a young ambassador and just the help of the young people to do something with their lives that perhaps they think they can’t, it’s a really nice thing and definitely rewarding thing to do.


Lora L was backed by The Prince’s Trust to set up her own business designing jewellery. One of her proudest moments was when the Duchess of Cornwall appeared on TV wearing one of her creations. She’s now become a young ambassador for the Prince’s Trust herself.

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The UK average salary is £29,813

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There are 37.5 hours in the average working week

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32%  female 

The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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? Workers in this unit group engrave jewellery and stoneware, make artificial hairpieces, charge fireworks and munitions with explosive material, make lampshades, wickerwork, toys, dolls, models, candles, artificial flowers, other fancy goods, make patterns for moulds for metal castings, make and tune musical instruments, craft precious metals and stones, and perform other hand craft occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 544: Other Skilled Trades.
There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically via apprenticeship or through specialised courses. NVQs/SVQs are available in some areas.
  • Uses hand or machine tools to engrave letters, patterns and other designs on jewellery and stoneware;
  • Constructs and covers wire frames for lampshades;
  • Makes wigs, beards and other artificial hairpieces from human hair or synthetic materials;
  • Interweaves canes of willow, withy, bamboo, rattan or similar material to make baskets and other pieces of wickerwork;
  • Charges fireworks, cartridges and other munitions with explosive material;
  • Makes childrens toys, dolls, models, candles, artificial flowers and other fancy goods;
  • Makes, maintains and adapts surgical and orthopaedic appliances;
  • Makes patterns for moulds, fits metal castings, pours plaster, fills plaster mould with resin and smoothes surface;
  • Makes musical instruments, makes and assembles parts for musical instruments, and tunes to improve pitch, tone and volume;
  • Makes and repairs jewellery and decorative precious metal ware, sets, cuts and polishes gemstones and makes master patterns for articles of jewellery.
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