Graduating with HND in Jewellery from Fife College. Left to right: Lecturer Susan McMillan with students Holly Cunningham, Adrienne Honeyman, Elizabeth Melville, Alison Carscadden and Kathryn Williamson.

Two jewellery students who have definitely sparkled in their studies at Fife College are Adrienne Honeyman and Holly Cunningham who both graduated with HND in Jewellery at this year’s ceremony.

Adrienne, (50) from Kirkcaldy, had a dream to set up her own jewellery business – which sparked a complete transformation in her life.

She gave up work and sold her house in Angus to move back to be near her family in Kirkcaldy, before starting a new chapter in her life as a mature student at Fife College.

After qualifying, Adrienne has now achieved her aim – becoming self-employed and launching her OKU Designs jewellery range, which focuses on colourful designs created from the inspiration she finds in everyday life.

Adrienne said: “HND: Jewellery at Fife College was instrumental in me starting my own business. OKU Designs creates jewellery for those that are not afraid to be their own kind of beautiful. I love the journey to the end product which can be simple and elegant or quirky and eclectic.”

Meanwhile, Holly Cunningham (31) from Glenrothes has used her qualification as a stepping stone on her learning journey and is now studying at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art.

Graduating marked a major success for Holly who had previously struggled to find her passion and studied a range of other courses before finding her love for jewellery.

During her studies at Fife College, Holly benefitted from winning the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries Scholarship from the Adam Smith Foundation – designed to help studying and career progression.

To repay her faith in Fife College, Holly’s aim is to return to the College as a tutor when she finishes her degree.

Susan McMillan, Lecturer in Art and Design, said: “Graduation is a fantastic occasion and it was great to see the students cross the stage to become graduates! I am delighted that their experience at Fife College is allowing them to progress on to great things and I wish them all the very best in their future creative careers and studies.”

Fife College offers a wide range of creative courses including Jewellery. To find out more about forthcoming Open Events call the College on 0344 248 0115.​