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Stacey Scoulding - Exclusive Interview
By: Niamh, 30 May 2013
We chat to bling expert Stacey Scoulding, about her love of precious stones, what men should really be looking for in an engagement ring and why she is such a diamond gal (see what we did there!) Lol!
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Stacey, tell us a bit about Loyes Diamonds?
‘Loyes Diamonds offers a uniquely personal service that allows couples to design their own bespoke ring. In the comfort and privacy of our new premises customers can view a wide range of mount settings, colours, clarity and carat sizes and can also examine the cuts of stones, without any obligation to buy. We offer and extensive range of over 200 styles with prices starting at a very affordable €1,500, and can tailor to suit individual budgets. Some of the key pieces from our collection can be viewed on www.loyesdiamonds.ie.’
How did you ‘get into diamonds?’
‘I have worked in the diamond business for over ten years, training with the GIA (gemogical institute of America), Irish jeweller Paul Sheeran and Wilkins Diamonds in the Isle of Man – the island’s leading jeweller. When I finished college I moved to the Isle of Man and started working with Wilkins Diamonds. It is there where I developed my passion for the business. I soon became home sick and upon moving back to Dublin, where I started working for Paul Sheeran.’
What is the best thing about your job?
‘There are many things I love about my job from helping a frightened man choose the perfect ring for his surprise proposal, to helping a lady find clarity on what will best suit her lifestyle and negotiating with our suppliers but above all it is the look on my clients face when he or she sees their ring for the first time. This is by far the best thing about my job. To see their eyes light up and their shoulders drop, releasing the tension, but mostly to see their smile. It is truly priceless.’
Is it all very glamorous?
‘Diamond jewellery is purchased to celebrate a mementos occasion in a couple’s life, like an engagement or a wedding. Working with our clients to find that special piece that will mark such a special occasion is glamorous. I feel very privileged to be part of this huge step in a couple’s life. Dealing with suppliers however is not so glamorous. There is a lot of negotiating and comparing to watching price changes as a result of currency and what is happening in the world at the time. All of these attributes in the industry allow me know when is a good time to buy and when it is not.’
What are the current trends in engagement rings?
‘Both women and men (surprisingly enough) want something more unique these days. I have had a huge number of requests for cushion-cut diamonds as appose to the traditional round brilliant-cut diamond. I have also noticed ladies are considering coloured stones over the traditional colourless diamond. In terms of metal, couples are shying away from platinum and considering warmer metals, such as rose gold, which is very popular right now.’
Do couples tend to come in and browse together or do you often have to advise the man on what will work best for his proposal?
‘For the main part I meet mostly couples. Often guys will propose with a token ring as woman in this day and age know what they want, especially when purchasing such an important piece of jewellery that she will wear for many years to come. I do also meet the od old romantic who in the traditional way will make it his business to seek advice and purchase the ring alone to later propose on bended knee.’
Any secret celebrity crushes?
‘There is no secret. I go weak at the knees for Vince Vaughan. The characters he plays in most movies I have watched are hilarious.’
What would your dream proposal be?
‘Any time, any place, any way, with Vince Vaughan.’
How do you unwind after a long week?
‘I like to hop in the car and go for a long drive out to the country and go walking mostly in Wicklow. I enjoy a romantic meal out with my partner, candles music the whole nine yards. Other weekends I enjoy catching up with my family and friends and especially playing the Wii with my niece and nephews.’
What did you want to be when you grew up?
‘Like all children I was very impressionable and would often when asked "what do you want to be when you grow up" declare whatever fad I was going through at the time. For example after many Sundays watching F1 racing with my dad I decided I wanted to be the first female F1 driver, or when I watched the karate kid I signed up to karate classes that same week. I remember watching free Willie for the first time and announcing to my mum that I wanted to be an oceanographer and train whales to do tricks.’