Sequoia Harris-O’Reilly is still relatively young in her jewellery career, having started eight years ago as a way of paying for driving lessons. Here she chats getting in touch with her inner nerd, designing swords and knives with the CMJ, and the importance of a smile.
How many years have you worked in the jewellery sector and how did you get
into the industry?
It all started eight glorious years ago. I decided to get myself a part-time job whilst at college as a way to pay for driving lessons – and I’ve been terrifying people on the roads ever since (thanks jewellery industry!).
What’s the first thing you do when you get into work in the morning?
After firstly making a drink – caffeine is essential to life – we play a round of Pointless and Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit on our best pal, Alexa. Nothing quite like getting your morning nerd on to wake you up!
What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?
For me it will always be the people. I love interacting with our customers and being able to pull something out of the bag when they require something special.
What’s your most memorable moment in the industry to date?
Last year, the CMJ held a growth and learning network where we made our own knives and a joint sword. Possibly the coolest thing I’ll ever do.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
If you can bring a smile to someone’s day, you’ve already made a difference.
Which other company or brand (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
Cadbury’s, 100%. They have a magical way of making me want to buy things, even if I already know I won’t like it. Absolute witchcraft.
Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?
Having the volume on an odd number drives me absolutely insane! I can guarantee this will now be used against me.
if you could invite three people to a dinner party, who would they be?
Lewis Capaldi, Jimmy Carr and Jamie Dornan.
If you won the lottery, what one luxury item or experience would you buy?
I’d take the family on a Caribbean Disney cruise – and yes that’s purely for selfish reasons.
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My team make me belly laugh every day. Feel free to call us and join in on any of our ‘Live at the Apollo’ worthy moments.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
Restraining my sense of humour to acceptable times only – the struggle is real.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Anything that involves laughter and making new memories. Karaoke anyone?