Two women who have been brought together by their love of jewellery have joined forces to start their own business.
Karen Francis and Siobhan Harper have launched LilyB Creations which specialises in making silver fingerprint jewellery and ceramic gifts and keepsakes. They operate a mobile service for orders where they visit their customers and take the fingerprints of their child which will then be imprinted on the jewellery.
Speaking to the Advertiser and Review, Mrs Francis, from Great Horwood, said they came up with the idea after her eldest daughter, Maya, and Mrs Harper’s youngest son, Theodore, started going to school together.
The business fits in with their families as they have five children between them. Mrs Francis said she often takes her youngest, Ella, with her who helps out.
“If the customer’s child is unsure, my little one will show them what to do and it breaks the ice a little bit,” she said.
Mrs Harper has years of experience producing jewellery and ceramics while Mrs Francis manages the day to day aspects of the business.
Mrs Harper said: “I worked for 15 years in marketing and I’d always wanted to run my own business and I needed something that was child friendly.”
Mrs Harper completed a course on making jewellery and after running a ceramics cafe, she started LilyB with Mrs Francis in November.
LilyB is holding a workshop at Dandy Lions, Buckingham High Street, tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 2pm, where they will be taking finger and handprints for jewellery and ceramic gifts, which will be created later.