Making Brides Sparkle
23 July 2014
I wish I had come across Rubi Locke Jewellery when I was getting married. There are so many things to think of in the lead up to a wedding, that only too often jewellery gets thought of last. However, when you see Rubi Locke’s gorgeous range it gets you thinking. Considering jewellery upfront could influence lots of other important choices from what dress to how to wear your hair, and give you that extra sparkle on the day.
Mini Giraudeau started making tiaras and necklaces for Gillian Million, before setting-up on her own, so you know you’re getting top quality jewellery. Using a combination of sterling silver, freshwater pearls, Swarovski, antique and glass crystals, she creates bespoke items perfect for your special day. Mini can do anything - hair slides and pins, necklaces, tiaras, bracelets and earrings in any combination of colours for not only the bride but anyone else in the wedding party. And it’s not just limited to weddings, although being part of someone’s happy day is a real motivator for Mini. Mini can create special jewellery for anyone such as hair slides for party girls that any little princess would love.
Mini was born in Weybridge, Surrey to parents working in creative worlds. Her father is an architect and her mother was Head of Art at her school so she always knew she wanted to be an artist. After studying Fashion Design at UCA Epsom (previously Epsom School of Art & Design), she took a Graphic Design role in an Advertising Agency in the West End of London, while further studying Typography at the London College of Printing one evening a week.
Prior to moving to Wiltshire, Mini lived in Teddington, Middlesex, but had also lived quite an international lifestyle. Her husband Nick grew up in Argentina and Morocco, and their surname ‘Giraudeau’ is French Mauritian. They met more unglamorously through friends in Clapham Common, this was shortly followed by Nick being posted to Brazil and Mini joining him in Sao Paulo, teaching English along the way. Mini had never travelled in South America and still recalls some of the hair raising internal Brazilian flights with the on board smoking, cowboy plane mechanics and the landing strips that looked like they would end up in the sea!
However, such adventure showed their compatibility and Nick and Mini married in 1995 and have two beautiful girls Phoebe, now 16 and Hannah, 13.
As a young mum Mini mainly stayed at home but, when Hannah was 2, she met Gillian at a toddler group and it was while making jewellery for her that Libertys approached Gillian to be a supplier.
Mini and her friend Sarah soon set-up their own company making jewellery for 6 or 7 years before winding it down when Mini and her family re located to Madrid and Sarah and her family moved to Wiltshire. However, Mini continued to design and make jewellery and in 2008 Rubi Locke Jewellery was founded.
And how, after all this jet setting, did they settle in Wiltshire? Their love of Wiltshire came from regularly staying with ex business partner Sarah and her family in Pewsey on trips to the UK. Mini always felt calmer in Wiltshire and, besides her girls loving it too, the lure of more space and a bigger house was too hard to resist. Mini loves the countryside and it provides inspiration for her designs – bunches of flowers or hedgerows with clusters of white blossom. She loves sketching or painting when she gets the chance, walking her dog or starting her day on a positive note by running in the open countryside.
‘We love to go to Coles or The Red Lion for a meal and The Royal Oak in Pewsey has been refurbished recently, it’s great for meeting friends for a drink. I’m part of a book club and have just finished reading ‘The Seamstress’ by Maria Duenas. Bath is so close and Salisbury just 40 minutes away. There’s great variety for shopping – go to Marlborough for nice, independent shops, the market town of Devizes for a different vibe or pop into Hungerford’.