Sarah Hutchings, was a Midwife. Now she owns her own successful jewellery business Orsini Fine Jewellery. Read more in the Westpac Red News, 'Starting Fresh: The rise of the radical career change'. Written by Suzanne Winterflood Continue Reading →
Sarah always knew she wanted to take care of people. Young, clever and enthusiastic she embarked on a nursing and then midwifery degree, and at 21 become one of the country’s youngest practicing hospital midwives. “I really enjoyed midwifery, it’s a great career. You see people at the happiest time in their lives.” Sarah used to specialise in high risk midwifery and ran research programs through the University of Auckland.
Sarah never really thought of doing anything else until she realised her New Zealand qualifications were not the same as the UK. “When that happened I thought, I don’t really want the hassle of doing additional training for a job I’ve been doing for years, so I started working for a pharmaceutical company instead.” All was going well until Sarah’s mother became ill and passed away. “Events like that get you thinking about your life and whether you’re really getting what you want out of it. I realised I wanted a change but I didn’t know what to do next.”
The answer came when her husband Kent took her to visit the Vicenza jewellery fair in Italy. A self-confessed jewellery fan, Sarah was always on the lookout for beautiful pieces and immediately saw an opportunity.
‘There was a lack of jewellery in New Zealand of the same caliber and uniqueness as the Italian jewellery’
As soon as she came home she began researching and investigating and eventually started importing European jewellery. Sarah created her business, Orsini (www.orsini.co.nz) in 2008.
“I like making people happy, and jewellery is a time in peoples lives when they want to celebrate an event, a special time, a moment” she says. “I love being able to provide quality jewellery that people will treasure forever’.