Shetland jewellery designer Karlin Anderson relocates from London in boost for islands

A Shetland-born jewellery designer has relocated her business back home from London in a boost for the islands’ economy.

Karlin Anderson is a creator of bespoke high-end jewellery inspired by Shetland’s rugged landscape and culture.

She moved to Glasgow in 1994 for education before moving to London in 2004 and founding Karlin Anderson Jewellery Designs in 2008.

In 2019, Karlin began seeking a greater work-life balance and decided to move back to Shetland.

She juggled running her business full-time in London while seeking a new base for her business in Shetland.

Karlin said: “It is easy to feel isolated when running your own business, especially in such a rural setting.

“Having worked in the jewellery district of Hatton Garden in London, I had built a strong support network and I wanted to be able to build a similar network here in Shetland.”

She sought support from Business Gateway and secured

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Scottish jewellery designer’s return to islands pays off

Karlin Anderson Picture: Dave Donaldson

Karlin Anderson Picture: Dave Donaldson

A Shetland-born jewellery designer has been expanding her business after relocating it to the islands from London.

Karlin Anderson, who has been making jewellery inspired by Shetland’s landscape and culture since 1994, was helped with the relocation by taxpayer-funded advice service Business Gateway. Funding from Shetland Islands Council’s economic development grant scheme helped cover the costs of renovating her workshop and purchasing manufacturing equipment.

Ms Anderson, whose main studio is next to the beach in the village of Hoswick, highlighted the part her family was playing in the expansion of the business, and flagged the boost to sales during the tourist season from independent travellers and cruise-ship passengers.

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She said: “I do the majority of the work involved in designing and creating pieces myself, with the support of a small group of

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