Where it all began......
Katherine made her first piece of jewellery age 12 when her best friend, Sara, got her ears pierced. By unwinding a pipe cleaner, and using the wire with some beads from a sewing box, she created her first pair of earrings!
Katherine then started selling her designs at school before progressing on to do a degree in Jewellery Design.
Having accumulated over 14 years experience of designing for brands and suppliers Katherine became disillusioned with mass production processes overseas. She felt detached from the pieces that she had so lovingly designed, but then arrive in large volumes, sometimes broken and poorly made.
Katherine returned to her first love of using her hands to create things, dusted off her beloved jewellery tools and set about creating Katherine Barber Jewellery.
Slow Fashion is at the core of Katherine's ethos. The jewellery is made to order so there is minimal waste. All silver with gold or rose gold vermeil plating. Using predominantly eco and recycled silver in her work, Katherine is always striving to make the business as people and planet friendly as possibly. The items are designed with longevity in mind. To be worn and loved for years to come. The pieces are all made by Katherine in her North Devon workshop powered by renewable energy.
Katherine takes inspiration from around her. With a love of travel, the world has provided much inspiration. Architectural forms are a key source, the Enso collection developed from a window in Oslo!
Katherine hopes you will enjoy wearing the pieces as much as she did designing and making them.