Rebecca Johnson is owner, designer and maker for Rebekah Ann Jewellery, a Brighton-based handmade jewellery specialist.
The multi-talented Johnson talks podcasts, charity boxing, sea swimming, and how her time in the industry was nearly cut short.
How many years have you worked in the jewellery sector and how did you get into the industry?
Over 18 years now. I first picked up tools at an evening class and my life changed course completely. Six months later I gave up my job to study full-time at The Cass followed by employment within the trade.
What’s your most memorable moment in the industry to date?
Getting my first job in Brighton as it changed my life. Also, going on to get my workshop and building a creative space for other jewellers to work and connect.
What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?
It’s such a joy to be able to sit at my bench and make jewellery for people from all round the world. The supportiveness of other independents within the trade; I couldn’t do what I do without them.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
For years I struggled with the environmental impact of the industry and my job as a jeweller, almost leaving the trade due to the internal battle I started having with myself.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Sea swimming is something I really enjoy and have been getting back into during lockdown – connecting with the elements.
What’s the first thing you do when you get into work in the morning?
Pick my podcast for the day, switch on the pickle, make a coffee and enjoy a moment just sat at my bench planning my day.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Under promise, over deliver. Know and value your worth and knowledge.
Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?
I love boxing having taken part in a charity box match a few years ago.
If you won the lottery, what one luxury item or experience would you buy?
I’d book to go trekking in the Amazon.
If you could invite three people to a dinner party, who would they be?
Deepak Chopra, Ben Fogal and Oprah Winfrey. I can picture it now! Oh, the conversations!
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My partner Chris, He makes me laugh daily and has brought so much joy in a difficult year.
Which other company or brand (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire
Spark & Bell, a wonderful handmade lighting company started by an incredible woman. Also, Goodman Morris, they have done so much for me.