West Leeds: A sparkling future for crafty jewellery maker

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When a Leeds mum began making jewellery 15-years-ago she had no idea that one day she would end up making a living from it.

Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi started producing her own pieces while travelling America. Born to Iranian parents she moved to Leeds at a young age, eventually settling, establishing a career as a teacher and having a family. Although Ghazal always loved being creative her career had taken a very different turn up until then.

The mum of three who now lives in Horsforth said: “Although I was always creative that wasn’t seen as a career and so I went to university and studied Business and IT and my firs job was as a system’s analyst.”

She fulfilled her creative passion by making jewellery in her spare time, usually for herself and friends. Then ten years ago, when she was pregnant with her first child, she decided to launch her jewellery business properly.

“I wasn’t enjoying my job and although working for yourself can be very hard, it does give you flexibility to work it around the children.”

Although she has lived in Leeds for most of her life and is fiercely proud of her adopt country, she is also passionate about her Iranian roots.

“Growing up an Iranian in Yorkshire was difficult at times. Children don’t like to be different and the fact that no one could pronounce my name didn’t help. We have given our children Iranian first names although their father is English.

“They sometimes complain about it, but I tell them to just wait until they are older and they will love them, as I do now.”

She has now converted an attic room in her house into a studio and workshop and her children help with the packing and envelopes.

As Soremi is internet based Ghazal’s customers come from all over the UK and beyond. She is just in the process of launching her business in Germany as well.