After a thriving career as a TV journalist, Talitha Cummins has made a bold leap into the world of fine jewellery. The transition wasn't just a career shift; it has been a journey of self-discovery. Talitha's path to jewellery design began with her role as a stay-at-home mum, providing a nurturing environment for her son, Oliver (7) and daughter, Riley (4).
"It was a special time in my life being able to be home to raise my kids when they were younger. But my brain was always ticking over in search of what was next career wise” she said. This search led her back to a previous stint in the jewellery industry and a call from her uncle, a veteran with 50 years in the business. This family connection opened the door to launching The Cut Jewellery, a venture involving not just Talitha but also her uncle Craig and cousin Kara.
The collaboration has proved to be an enriching experience, bringing the second generation into the world of jewellery creation. “I suppose Uncle Craig is nearing the end of his career and he doesn’t want his decades of hard work to be wasted. There’s a real sense of him passing the baton to his daughter Kara and myself - the second generation ready to take it on. It’s a very involved industry and there’s a lot to learn.”
Talitha emphasises the unique strengths that each family member brings to the business, describing Kara as an excellent designer with a keen eye for incredible pieces and Craig as an innovator, always pushing the business forward.
"It has been one of the best experiences of my life...Becoming closer to my uncle Craig and Kara, and I think we all bring different qualities. "I’m selling happiness now. I’m getting to know these people and hear about their lives. The journalist in me will never die in that way. Always curious."