In 2007, Sophie decided to expand her business by opening Honeybourne Jewellery in her home town of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, where her studio is also based.
Ventnor is a small town with a rich artistic heritage. Located on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight and built along steep zig zag roads that wind down from St Boniface Down, the highest point on the Island, to the beach below, it is often described as an “island within an island” because of it’s unique feel.
Developed by the Victorian’s from a small fishing village to a bustling health spa, visited by many of the era’s most famous poets and writers including Charles Dickens, John Keats and Karl Marx, who all stayed here. Ventnor suffered a period of decline in the 1990’s but many artists and musicians remained. Sophie and Raff are fiercely proud of their home town and for them Ventnor was the only place to open Honeybourne Jewellery. The shop is intrinsic to Ventnor’s growth as a creative hub and vibrant arts scene. Over the last 10 years the town has also become a popular UK holiday destination, regularly featured in The Guardian, The Times & Telegraph, to name a few.
Honeybourne Jewellery is now a fully stocked boutique providing a bespoke commission service and ‘off the peg’ changing collections. Due to the overwhelming success of the shop, Sophie’s husband Raff joined the business and is now an accomplished enameler and jeweller in his own right. Raff also designs and makes for Not on the High Street where Honeybourne Jewellery exclusively sell their diffusion line of personalised pieces.