In the 2nd instalment of our Independent Worthing: Unwrapped series, we meet Carron Dymond of Dymond Jewellery, a local jeweller who specialises in organically handmade or contemporary designs as well as remodelling and repairs.
Carron is also working with Pet Portraits by Hercule to raise money for the local charity, Turning Tides. Please take a look here if you would like to find out more or get involved.
IW: What inspired you to start your own business?
CD: I was on maternity leave and had always made and repaired jewellery for others using their tools-I wanted to develop my own style and make things based on my own inspirations. A friend encouraged me, telling me I could-so I did!
IW: What is the best thing about what you do?
CD: I have a few facets to my business-I really love making customers happy if I can repair something they have been advised is tricky, or remodel sentimental metal into something more their personal style. I also love having artistic freedom on my collections and showing them to my followers.
IW: What pearl of wisdom would you impart to anyone wanting to set up their own business?
CD: I am extremely risk averse (which I realise doesn't always work with business!) I started small and built slowly with no borrowing as I could afford to grow slowly-which worked for me. I would advise to borrow as little as realistically possible to get your business where you want it to be.
IW: What are your ‘go to’ local businesses?
CD: Haha, mostly food related....Velo Coffee bus for a hot chocolate or cake on a walk to the beach. I also LOVE the Health food shop in Broadwater, and my children ask for a Piggery breakfast as a treat.
IW: What do you get up to in your spare time?
CD: I love walking in nature and reading historical books (which have always been big inspirations)
IW: What’s your guilty pleasure?
CD: Folk music, Doc Marten Boots (I have about 15 pairs). Although I'm not that guilty about them.
IW: What’s your favourite way to start the day?
CD: A nice strong cup of tea that my lovely husband brings me in bed every morning.
IW: If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things could you not do without?
CD: Books, comfy chair, bottomless cup of tea.
IW: What plans do you have for the future?
CD: I'd love to continue to grow my business at my own pace without compromising customer service.
IW: Anything else you would like to add?
CD: I think this is an invaluable resource to local independent businesses and the local community alike, as so many of us have found new places to support over using larger companies. I have been very grateful for Independent Worthing over the last year.