Black Isle-inspired jeweller shows she has the edge
A YOUNG jewellery entrepreneur who takes much of her inspiration from the Black Isle has been awarded £10,000 to help develop her luxury brand.
Patience Jewellery was recognised in this year’s Scottish EDGE (Encouraging Dynamic Growth Entrepreneur) Awards - hailed as Scotland’s real life "Dragons Den".
Creator and founder of Patience Jewellery, Moira Warren (28), was one of only three competitors to successfully obtain the top cash prize in the 2014 Young EDGE category.
Moira’s mother, Margaret Patience, hails from Fortrose on the Black Isle, and as it has always been a place which inspired her designs, Moira chose Patience as her brand name.
In having only launched Patience Jewellery in September 2013, the funding which is specifically designed to support Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs in their business ventures, comes as a huge boost to the Edinburgh-based brand.
Said Moira: "Winning this award is not only a huge honour for us at Patience Jewellery but comes at a crucial time as we look to grow and expand the business.
"The funding will allow us to create our new collections and focus on rolling out our extensive marketing plan, as well as help us to spread our wings and explore new markets.
"It’s an exciting step in the journey for Patience and we look forward to getting this next phase started."
The EDGE awards are supported by Scottish Enterprise, The Princes Trust and RBS.
Currently stocked in leading retailers such as Johnson’s of Elgin, Jamieson and Carry and Applebys of Dublin, Patience Jewellery fuses precious metals with rare gemstones to create unique, beautiful and timeless pieces.
The luxury brand is planning on launching three new collections in September 2014 with a push to securing more stockists across the UK.
• All collections are available on the company’s website at patiencejewellery.com.