Passion Projects #8: Pearls of Wisdom with Jan Para


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Retiring quietly and retreating into the shadows was never going to be an option for the next passion-driven entrepreneur I’m featuring in the Passion Project series.

When Jan Para started The Rocks Collection, it was a way to see more of the world with her new found freedom from corporate life, but still build something meaningful and enjoyable that she could sink her teeth into. Her next big adventure would be entrepreneurship!


Let’s meet Jan…

Pearls of wisdom with Jan Para The Rocks Collection

A Passion Project Interview with Jan Para of The Rocks Collection


Why did you decide to do what you’re doing? Tell your ‘Origin Story’

The rocks collection started as a hobby ten years ago with my late close and dear friend Vicki.

I was persuaded, as a post-retirement adventure, combining travel with sourcing pearls and semi-precious stones to make into jewellery and sell.

Together we holidayed and travelled in the Far East sourcing beautiful freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones and learned how to create lovely pieces of stylish and affordable jewellery.


The Rocks Collection Gorgeous Pearls


What would you do with your time if you didn’t have to work?



What really makes you smile from the inside out?

My family

What is your proudest achievement?

Aside from having my children, it would be my Directorship in my recruitment career

Where do you want to be in 5 years’ time?

Travelling somewhere exotic

Who do you serve? Be specific, think of everyone you impact (not just customers)

My friends, my family, other women whom I support, my charity work

How do you want the world to see your business?

As an inspiring collection / curation of attractive, stylish and affordable jewellery crafted from real freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and silver and offered through a flexible, personal and reliable quality service.

The Rocks Collection Gorgeous Pearls

What one thing would you do to change the world?

Create more equality of opportunity

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Really don’t know if I want one. Maybe the ability to fly then I wouldn’t need planes.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Stick to your original career plan.

And finally, is there one thing you wish someone had told you before you went into business?

You will literally have to do everything yourself!


Thank you, Jan, for being part of the Passion Project movement!


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