A business in jewellery is the golden (and silver) ticket for a happy career for Scarlett Erskine.
She started her business – Scarlett Erskine Jewellery – in 2013 after falling in love with the craft during her first year of study at Duncan of Jordanstone.
She said: “I did the general course at the university which gave you a chance to get a taster of courses that you could go on to do in the following years.
“I tried textiles and jewellery but really enjoyed the craft of jewellery making so went on to study that for three years.
“When I graduated I didn’t know how to go about creating my own business.
“I visited Vanilla Ink Jewellery School, which was then based in Dundee, for guidance on how to turn my jewellery making into a business.”
Now after five years based at Wasps Studio, Scarlett is still creating exquisitely designed pieces and also teaching others how to do it too.
Scarlett added: “There are three main parts to my job. The first is my collections of jewellery which I design and make to be distributed to the shops that stock my designs up and down the country.
“The second is my bespoke pieces.
“This is where someone comes in with a design in mind or with a piece they want to be remodelled.
“With my bespoke designs it is much more fun as I can be a bit more creative.
“It can be a big responsibility as a lot of the time someone is grieving over the loss of a loved one and they want a piece to remember them by or they want a piece of their loved one’s jewellery reworked.
“You can’t change it back, so it can be quite nerve-racking.
“I have also incorporated people ashes into designs, so it can be a very emotional journey with my customer.
“It is lovely that I can really help customers after the passing of a loved one with a piece that is incredibly sentimental.
“The third part is teaching.
“I have held workshops since the beginning. I think it makes the pieces more sentimental when someone has made the ring themselves.”
After taking the plunge to work on her business full time only a year ago, Scarlett has urged anyone else in the same position to take that leap into self employment.
“This business is my life and I love it. It is hard and scary to take that step but I am so glad I did it. I can really put my heart and soul into my pieces now.
“I should have done it way sooner.”
Workshops draw brides, grooms and even hens!
Scarlett’s workshops allow couples to have a personal touch at their wedding.
A growing number of couples are visiting her studios to create their wedding rings – and some of those ready to get down on one knee are even coming to create a bespoke engagement ring for their other half.
Scarlett said: “The workshops are incredibly popular and weddings are becoming a lot more DIY with couples wanting to be more hands on.
“I love being part of the love story of making their rings.
“We also hold hen parties a lot and brides love to come in and make matching silver rings with their bridesmaids.
“It is a lot of fun.”