New jewellery shop opens in south Norfolk

Former teaching assistant turns hobby into job.

A former teaching assistant has opened a shop selling handmade jewellery in Harleston, south Norfolk.

Sparkle and Flair has taken over a former book shop on Old Market Place and will be selling beads, tools and handmade jewellery, as well as running jewellery-making workshops and renting out shelf space to local artisans to sell their wares.

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The shop is run by Gill Hawkes, who decided to open Sparkle and Flair after taking voluntary redundancy at her job at a local school where she had worked for more than six years.

While working in education, Hawkes had developed an interest in jewellery making as a hobby and studied for a GCSE in jewellery making. This led to her running jewellery parties at people’s homes at which Hawkes would allow her shoppers to select beads that she would then turn into bespoke jewellery.