Golden girl

Jeweller Catherine Best has ‘burned the candle at both ends’ to pursue her chosen career on a path littered with ups and downs, but she told the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Conference that she would not change a thing. James Falla reports...

Catherine Best’s career in jewellery has not always been a glittering one, but she would not change a thing.
Catherine Best’s career in jewellery has not always been a glittering one, but she would not change a thing.

Jeweller Catherine Best has ‘burned the candle at both ends’ to pursue her chosen career on a path littered with ups and downs, but she told the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Conference that she would not change a thing. James Falla reports...

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THE story of jeweller Catherine Best is, by its very nature, littered with riches.

But there have been a fair few rags as well for the local girl who struggled at school and, to the amazement and amusement of her teachers, decided she was going to be a self-employed jewellery designer.

‘I was going to muck out horses as far as school was concerned,’ she said.

When she announced that she was going to art college to design jewellery, the art teacher said she would never make it.

‘That was the best thing they could have ever said to me – that meant I was going to do it.’

She got into college but was soon bumping along the bottom of the class.

But through hard work – ‘when I went in the workshop for the first time, every day seemed like a second, I was always in at 6am, out at 8pm, I put in double the hours to everyone else’ – she started to improve and the college also recognised her creative and business brain, inherited from the entrepreneurial Best family.

  • Read James Fallas' full interview with Catherine Best in today's Business Extra section of the Guernsey Press