A business dream
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.