A busi­ness dream

My Wedding - - JEWELLERY -

Re­nata Harper started her NZ ca­reer with Bella Sil­ver in Christchurch. Her love of cre­at­ing and de­sign­ing jewellery soon saw her mak­ing pieces for friends who were ty­ing the knot. One of those friends, Rebecca, in­tro­duced her to bri­dal cou­turier, Robyn Cliffe who soon be­gan stock­ing what was to be­come Clara Jewellery. “Clara Jewellery was named in hon­our of my mother who passed away in 1999. Clara means clean, clear, clar­ity and light, so is the per­fect name for the busi­ness,” says Re­nata. Cinara Lima, Re­nata’s sis­ter, moved to NZ and set­tled into the busi­ness – both hav­ing learnt to make jewellery in Brazil as young girls. In 2003, Re­nata ap­proached and be­came the sup­plier of fash­ion jewellery to a va­ri­ety of well-re­spected depart­ment stores and shops, such as Bal­lan­tynes, Smith and Caughey and Kim­ber­leys, trad­ing ini­tially from home. By 2008, the sis­ters had opened a lovely shop in New Re­gent Street.

The 2007 and 2008 sea­sons of Danc­ing with the Stars saw the sis­ters’ jewellery on fe­male judges, singers and pre­sen­ters, then in 2009 a busi­ness high­light was pro­vid­ing jewellery for Miss World NZ, their jewellery com­ple­ment­ing her gowns as she trav­elled the world.

Then came the earth­quake. With their shop right in the Red Zone, the girls were un­able to re­trieve their fit­tings. Un­de­terred, they sim­ply switched from re­tail to whole­sale and now sup­ply to bri­dal and jewellery stores up and down the coun­try.

They’re ex­cited about where things are headed, and only see big­ger and bet­ter things for Clara Jewellery. Their busi­ness dream be­came and re­mains their dream busi­ness.

www.clara­jew­ellery.co.nz

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