Cecilia Fein-Hughes

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Retail Stores
Job title: Founder
Subject of study: Art History and Visual Culture
Year of graduation: 2016
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Cece Jewellery

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I interned at auction houses such as Sotheby’s & Christies, however soon realised I craved creativity and took a ring making course in the Heart of Hatton Garden. My journey of studying History of Art & Goldsmithing lead me to where I am today – running my own fine jewellery brand in London where our main focus is on miniature enamel paintings on gold.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I chose this career because it fuses together my love of History of Art and creativity in the form of fine jewellery. Running my own business is extremely tough but also immensely rewarding – I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I dabbled in a few sporting societies such a Cheer & Netball.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I loved how everytime I stepped into a lecture room we were transported to another time & place – whether we were studying a Rothko painting in New York in the 60’s or the infamous Italian Medici family in the 1500’s. My highlight was visiting Florence!

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I loved the campus feel to Exeter, and of course all the people I met – including my soon-to-be husband!

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose Exeter not only because it’s a fantastic reputable university, but also the location – Devon holds a close place in my heart.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Work experience is key!

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

If you’re interested in jewellery then I highly suggest securing yourself an intern position in a fast paced, growing jewellery brand – this is where you will learn the most and gauge whether you want to work in the industry!

What are your plans for the future?

To grow Cece Jewellery from a small brand to a heritage, house hold name (big goals!!)


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