Catherine Best came from humble beginnings to now stand firmly as part of the community in both Jersey and Guernsey. A two-generation jewellery business that has been built over the last 30 years. Both of the Jersey and Guernsey stores have been created in original windmills, lovingly restored to house Catherine Best’s workshops and studios, both of which have become iconic landmarks on both islands. The addition of a third business in Mayfair London in the summer of 2017 proves that Catherine Best is growing and being loved not just in the Channel Islands, but worldwide. A dream come true for the entrepreneurial family.
Catherine’s passion and love for jewellery design started as a child, crafting wood in her father’s workshop, and she has been lucky enough to turn this passion into a full-time career.
After her education, Catherine returned home to Guernsey where she began creating her first jewellery pieces. “I worked like crazy, struggling to build up stock. It made me very aware that I had to get it right first time”. Catherine began trading at craft fairs, building up a devoted clientele, and eventually moving into the beautiful Mill in Guernsey, which now houses her most stunning creations, and is a beautiful location for her family home. “We feel so lucky to live and work in such a historic and prominent landmark. The setting is magical,” says Catherine.
Catherine has come a long way since those early days at craft fairs, and Cathy’s walls in her studio are decorated with endless awards from her devotion and passion towards the industry. In 1987 Catherine was awarded the BTEC National Goldsmith Craft award and become the only jewellery in history to achieve this. In 2012 Catherine was accepted as a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, a prestigious accolade reserved only for those who practice their craft to the highest standards. She was also honoured as a freeman of the city of London and is a part of National association of Jewellers. Her daughter Vikki is also now an integral part of the team, designing her own creations and helping to manage all aspects of both Mills in Guernsey and Jersey.
Vikki has also won awards for her designs and is fast following in her mother’s footsteps with the creativity and flair of a professional jewellery designer, creating her own ranges and pieces.
Unrivalled talent in design and artistry sets Catherine Best far beyond her contemporaries. Each piece is born from a love of jewellery and decades of experience as a master craftswoman, and Catherine and Vikki continue to push the boundaries of their art, creating pieces that are to be treasured for generations to come.