Cathy is Wild Trout's store manager. She has great experience and can help you with any jewellery purchase or repair.
How much do you think design styles have changed in recent years?
Design styles are constantly changing and that is very important. Classic designs are predominantly chosen when a customer is buying an engagement ring - customers are looking for quality and a design style that will look fantastic for many years to come. But it is current trends that get customers the most excited - we all like to buy what is new and different.
What's hot at the moment?
Ice watches are very cool at the moment They are colourful, sleek and fun and are very affordable.
You must have a favourite gem stone?
Absolutely, there are too many to mention here though, and I would go on too long about them, but I guess emerald, ruby and diamond top the list for me. I love a deep, lively green emerald and a few fine inclusions make one all the more interesting. Then there is the Burmese ruby which has everything a precious stone should have - magnificent colour, excellent hardness and outstanding brilliance. Last but certainly not least, is diamond - what can I say, except that they really are a girl’s best friend.
Can you recommend an appropriate gift for a Christening?
Christening gifts that can be personalised really add a special touch. My choice would bea baby bracelet or bangle and to add that personal touch just ask us to engrave the baby's name. We also offer free gift wrapping too.
It's not long to Mother's Day... What gift would you recommend?
Which mother wouldn't be happy to receive jewellery as her Mother's Day gift? From beautiful gold and silver lockets to stunning diamond heart necklaces... I have created a special Mother's Day gift display in store... Check out my choices and if you are just not sure, my team and I are always happy to help advise you. Don't forget our free gift wrapping service.
What gives you most satisfaction in your job?
We are very privileged to have a great team who are passionate about the work that they do and are committed to quality craftsmanship. When a client stops by to say that they are really happy with their new piece of jewellery, repair or renovation we all get a high. It's nice to feel appreciated by the ones we serve.
Tell us something about your other life?
My other life is just as busy as business life - just as you would expect with a young family! As we are so busy we try and make sure our time together as a family is quality time. We get out and about most weekends exploring the countryside and beaches and just having fun. I also love food - eating it, cooking it for family and friends, reading about it and going out to good restaurants to enjoy it. And if there's a good glass of red to go with it...
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Wild Trout has qualified gemmologists, diamond graders and valuers.
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