Bristol-based designer, Jeremy Heber started making jewellery when he was a student in 1988. Since then, he has gone on to become an artisan jeweller, who has been designing and selling for thirty years. Jeremy started his company after he left university and set up a bench in a friend’s living room. He called his company Church House Jewellery and over the years, his company has supplied shops and galleries with finely designed silver and gold jewellery, within the UK and to private clients worldwide.
After supplying to big household name brands like John Lewis, Ernest Jones and Henley Royal Regatta, Jeremy has begun to steer the company away from wholesale customers and towards making jewellery for individual clients. Jeremy aims to create jewellery that is striking and unusual, but in a classic style that is suitable for everyday wear. He is renowned for sculptural forms with strong, flowing lines and elegant curves.
How did your brand begin?
I started making jewellery in my student bedsit when I was doing a degree in English Literature, as it was the only kind of engineering that I could carry out at that scale. When I escaped from University, I decided to carry it on as a business.
Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?
Quality is first and foremost. I want my pieces to still be stunning 20 years after they were first bought. After that, customer service: fast delivery, attention to detail and treating every client as an individual with individual wants and needs.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
I like strong, flowing lines and elegant curves. I don't trip through the countryside drawing inspiration from trees and squirrels. It's much more about creating pleasing, sculptural forms that are beautiful objects in their own right.
How do you ensure your jewellery is ethical and sustainable?
This is becoming increasingly important to me. I recycle metals as much as possible and am registered to use Fair Trade Gold. I'm currently researching ethical sourcing of gemstones, as there is still a lot of child exploitation in the supply chain.
Tell us about some of your most inspiring clients, or bespoke commissions.
I have supplied Henley Royal Regatta with fine jewellery for many years and feel privileged to be serving such an august institution. I make jewellery on commission for my private clients on a weekly basis and it's always lovely to create something personal and significant for an individual.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
Fantastic! I want them to feel that they are wearing a piece of treasure and also a work of art. Women in particular like to surround themselves with beautiful things and I hope that they feel that some of that beauty wears off on them.
If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?
I'd probably be involved in some kind of development work. The business was initially intended to provided an income that would support me in such work ... but things got out of hand!
Do you have any exciting future plans and where do you see your brand in 5 years?
In the end, I have to make, whether it's engineering, sculpture, wood turning, ceramics or jewellery. I'd like the business to grow to a point where I can take more time out to play with other creative mediums.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given? (And have you actually used it?)
Design to your processes. To be commercial, you have to be able to make jewellery fast and this means starting with what you can do fast and designing from there, rather than imagining something spectacular that will never make you any profit.
If you could travel to one place in the world right now, where would it be and why?
New Zealand. It's a quieter, more rural community with amazing scenery and great creativity among the people. I could sink into a quiet, reclusive lifestyle of making beautiful things in beautiful surroundings.
How do you ensure you’ve got a good work/life balance?
Always a challenge. I play basketball somewhat obsessively which drives everything from the mind, and in the summer months, I love to fly fish which does the same thing but in a completely different way.
Which 3 books would you love to have on a desert island?
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernières
The World as Will and Representation - Arthur Schopenhauer
An inexhaustible notepad so that I can write my own.