Over half of the CDKI population is presently within the working ages of 20 to 64.
Kimberley jeweler opens studio and boutique
Kimberley is home to a new jewelry studio and boutique. Tumbled Earth opened on Wallinger Avenue on May 1, 2018. Kara Clarke is the owner and she has been designing jewelry since 2009.
Her line of handcrafted earrings, necklaces and bracelets was originally branded as Stellalissa. It began as a sideline business. At the time, Clarke worked for a landscaping company in Victoria, B.C. Three years later, she and her husband Dave moved back to his hometown of Kimberley. Here, business flourished.
Two years in a row, Tumbled Earth won Home Business of the Year from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce. Clarke also received Kootenay Business magazine’s Top 10 Business People of the Year.
A nature lover, Clarke draws inspiration from the mountains, forest, rivers and lakes surrounding her home.
Her designs features stones that are handpicked from and naturally tumbled by the Kootenay River. This means she and her family spend countless hours combing the rocky shorelines.
“It’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful Kootenays . . . ,” she writes on her website. “When you wear a piece of Tumbled Earth you will feel an organic connection to nature and the land we’re all a part of.”
Clarke sells her jewelry at markets, in retail stores and online to customers worldwide.
Now that she has a storefront, there is opportunity for customers to see the design process and work with Clarke to customize their items.
“It was the best decision to open the studio boutique,” she said. “I love the community of Kimberley and everyone has been so welcoming.”