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Luminary 001: Karen

Luminary 001: Karen

Luminary /ˈluːmɪn(ə)ri/ 

noun: luminary; plural noun: luminaries

1. a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere. 

2. archaic a natural light-giving body, especially the sun or moon.

You may have seen our International Women's Day feature on Instagram and we're delighted to open April & Spring with a feature on our first Littlehouse Luminary.

Beacons of inspiration and women who shape our story of Scottish contemporary jewellery design, we're delighted to introduce our very first 'Littlehouse Luminary' Karen.

Here we get to discover the things that have shaped her life and define her style.

Luminary: Karen
Occupation: NHS Physio

Tell us a little bit about what your day looks like.

It's usually spend working which means it's not very glamourous at all but when it's time to take some time off there's not much I love more than going for a run and meeting with my chums.

What are the little things that make you smile?

Oh that one's easy; it's my kids and my chums but there's lots of other things that make me smile. People who do nice things for other people, random acts of kindess and singing loudly when no one is watching!

If you could define your style as a shape which shape would it be?

A circle, definitely a circle.

Tell us a bit about how you got into your career.

It seemed to have happened completely by chance. A teacher suggested a career as Physiotherapist to me and I said "fine, without actually knowing what it was. From there it was a pretty straight forward journey; onto to uni and then work. It was all about the path of least resistence!

What is your favourite piece from our collections?

My necklace from the Albert21 collection.



It's design is elegant and uncomplicated, yet different enough to be noticeable and its individual.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

  • Don’t buy cheap shit.
  • Worry less about what others think.
  • Be kind.
  • Better to be kind than right.

What's a hidden gem in your city that we should know about?

There are a fair few gems in Perth, Scotland and in no particular order here are some of my favourites:

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    Sally Cuthbert