‘I think providing positive female role models for young girls is really important’ says Rebekah Hall. Co-founder of forward-thinking juice brand Botanic Lab, Hall has seen first hand the boom in ‘wellness’ over the last few years.
A trained yoga instructor who grew up in Glastonbury, she brings a perhaps surprising, but nonetheless refreshing, cynicism to the industry. Her brand uses inventive ingredients to make delicious drinks with a health-kick and no over-inflated promises; the cynicism, she says, is an important part of the business. The slick, minimal packaging reflects Hall’s own style – jewellery provides the finishing touches for a wardrobe of understated, monochrome pieces. The defining feature? Every piece tells a story. We met the banker turned wellness entrepreneur to talk building a business, jewels that hold memories and the power of crystals.
Tell me about your upbringing?
I grew up in Somerset, near Glastonbury. I was always very good at maths. And I wanted to make money. So I studied Economics at Bristol University and then I took a job in the city and moved to London. I spent 10 years working in investment banking.
And when did you have your career change?
I gave up my job when I turned 30 and learnt to be a yoga teacher. I started a little yoga business, brokering classes for other teachers, setting up retreats. That was my first foray into business, and how I met Christophe, my business partner. It exposed me to the health and wellbeing environment.
And then you launched your juice business?
Yes, we have a factory in Acton and make all our own juices. We try to do it a bit differently. Cristophe creates our recipes – he always has his finger on what the new plant is. Often they’re things we can’t use initially because they aren’t legal here yet! So we go through the processes to be the first to use them – going that extra mile to make something truly unique.
What’s your earliest jewellery memory?
I remember putting on my mum’s rings, in the 80s. And she had a really chunky charm bracelet, I used to love playing with the charms. It’s nice to have heirloom pieces that you can pass on to the next generation.
Describe your jewellery style?
I wear pieces that hold stories, that have meaning. All my stones I have around me hold memories, they’re so important to me. My wardrobe is quite understated – alot of black and neutral colours, so my jewellery is like a bit of my personality, my armour, in a way.
Diamond stud earrings given to Rebekah by her mother's best friend
Which was the first piece you bought yourself?
I bought this watch with my first bonus in banking. My dad always wore a Rolex when I was younger, so I always wanted to wear one, (way before Victoria Beckham bought hers!). I wear it everyday.
Do you have pieces which has been passed on to you?
This bracelet has alot of sentimental value — it reminds me of my granddad, who died 15 years ago. He was a bit of a philanderer in his youth, but when he got older, he wanted to make that up to my grandmother, so he bought her gifts, like this bracelet. She wasn’t interested! So he gave it to my mother (his daughter-in-law). I’d always loved it and started borrowing it and one day she said ‘its yours’. And I always wear them these beautiful diamond stud earrings my mum’s best friend left me when she died.
Gold buckle bracelet given to Rebekah's grandmother by her granddad.
And your rings?
There’s a gold band ring that my favourite aunt gave me. And two are from an ex boyfriend, who’s still a friend. He took me to LA, to Tiffanys, and said ‘what do you like in here?’, and I chose this citrine ring. It’s one of my favourite things. Big jewellery becomes easier to wear as you get older — alot of people would wear this Tiffanys one as a cocktail ring, but I wear it everyday. I stack this Choumert one on top – it’s a necklace, but I wear it as a ring.
Tell me about the triangle symbolism?
When I left my job and wasn’t in a great place, I went to this funny little jewellery shop in Glastonbury, run by a druid. He picked this ring for me – the stone is a meteorite from Africa. The upward-facing triangle means positive change and he told me to wear it on my power (index) finger. I wore it all the time, then when things got a bit better, I had the triangle tattooed onto my finger, as a reminder of the message.
Triangular ring (right) worn to symbolise positive change
And your house is full of crystals?
Yes! These are all from Glastonbury. There’s an amethyst, for positivity, good vibes; rose quartz, for love and relationships; and the two small ones were from a friend — one for relationships and one for professional endeavours — I carry those with me everywhere.
What do they mean to you?
There’s this amazing attraction to elements of the earth. Crystals are fascinating – they hold so much history, so much emotion. I remember when I broke up with a boyfriend, my mum said to me ‘you have to wash your jewellery, or get rid of it, because it holds on to feelings.’
Are there any pieces you have your eye on?
If I was going to invest some money in the future, it would be in fine jewellery. When I’ve sold my business, I will buy myself a beautiful ruby ring. I love antique jewellery – especially rubies, and the old settings, I love art deco pieces – vintage Cartier.
What about after your business?
I’d like to do something that combines what I did before (finance) with what i’m doing now (entrepreneurship) – maybe investing in other people’s businesses. Wellness is an industry where women are at the fore, leading the way. There were no female role models for me, so I see that as important part of what I’m doing, and what I’d like to do in the future.