Jewellery business changes hands amid 70th anniversary celebrations

THERE is change at the top of local business Shetland Jewellery in what is its 70th year.

Sophie Whitehead, who has worked in the Weisdale workshop since 2003, has taken on the business from long-running owner Kenneth Rae.

It comes as the business celebrates its 70th anniversary this year – with Rae’s father Jack starting things off back in 1953.

Whitehead said the process to change ownership has “taken a lot longer” than anticipated, with the Covid pandemic and plenty of paperwork causing delays.

Kenneth Rae working at the bench.

“I feel gratitude to Kenneth for giving me this opportunity, and for always challenging me to push myself to do better, both as a jeweller but also as a manager,” she said.

“I feel excited at the prospect of taking Shetland Jewellery further and reassured that I have the best team I could have behind me.