The Duchess of Cambridge is one of the admirers of an international jewellery business based at Holkham Estate which has been named as one of Britain’s top businesses for its fast-growing global sales.
Luxury jewellery brand Monica Vinader, which is based at Holkham Studios, Longlands, has been listed as 28 in the second annual Sunday Times Heathrow SME Export Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain’s private small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) with the fastest-growing international sales.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore Monica Vinader Riva diamond cluster bib and earrings when she attended A Century of Style exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Other celebrities who are fans of the jewellery brand include Charlize Theron, Chinese model Liu Wen, Emma Watson, Olivia Palermo and Justin Bieber, who wore one of its bracelets to this year’s MTV Europe Awards in Milan.
Monica Vinader, which makes a second appearance in the league table, grew international sales to £5.3m last year, and its ambitions to become a global brand were boosted in February when Piper Private Equity led a £20m investment.
The business, which employs 138 staff, has seen a massive annual international sales growth over two years of 96 per cent.
Monica, who was born in Spain and raised in the UK, mastered her craft whilst living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After settling in Norfolk, she started her jewellery business as a bespoke service, creating one-off pieces, by hand, out of her converted forge.
She and her creative team develop all of the collections, finding inspiration in everything from art and architecture to natural landscapes.
Monica Vinader’s iconic friendship bracelets, vibrant gemstones and stylish diamond pieces have all contributed to its international success. The precious and semi-precious stones are hand-cut and set in sterling silver, 18ct gold and rose gold vermeil.
The business has boutiques in London’s Chelsea, Mayfair and Canary Wharf and in Hong Kong and Dubai.
The Sunday Times Heathrow SME Export Track 100 league table will be published this weekend. It reflects the importance of Europe to Britain’s SME exporters, with 80 of the companies selling to the continent, the most popular market, followed by North America (71) and Asia (45).
It is sponsored by Heathrow Airport and supported by the government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign. It is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.