Western Leader : February 2nd 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 13 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 NEWS With a grand piano, two touring bikes, and three visiting grandchildren I T'S AMAZING THAT FIT IT ALLI n Joy and Bruce Crabtree moved into their new retirement apartment at Selwyn Heights Village two years ago. Bruce was working then as the Captain of the Devonport Ferry. They brought their bikes to train for their annual expeditions -- most recently across England and Wales, an 1100km journey. Their sunny, spacious two bedroom Selwyn Heights apartment has been the perfect base for their adventures, with room enough for Joy's grand piano and visits from their three grandchildren. If you want to live life to the full like the Crabtrees, call us on 0800 4 SELWYN (0800 473 5996) for a tour of Selwyn Heights Village, 42 Herd Rd, Hillsborough, or visit www.selwyncare.org.nz for details. Selwyn Village is part of The Selwyn Foundation, a faith-based, not-for-profit charitable trust. All occupation licences for units at the village will be secured by a first-ranking encumbrance over the village land in favour of the Statutory Supervisor. 3162 The Selwyn Foundation Faith • Care • Independence • Wellness Joy and Bruce Crabtree at Selwyn Heights Village Get the year off to a fresh start! Sharon sparkles at her workplace Sharon Rutland, 50, lives with her husband Andrew and is the manager of a jewellery store in Henderson. She talks to reporter Hinerangi Vaimoso about her work. Love it: Sharon Rutland loves her job as jewellery story manager. WEST LIFE I wake up at 6.30 every morn- ing and usually have a slice of toast. Sometimes I'm too lazy to even do that but what is important is the first cup of coffee for the day which happens at about 7am. I couldn't leave the driveway without that first fix. I open the store by 9am. I've been the manager at Stewart Dawsons Jewellery in Westfield Westcity for two years. I'd worked at Stirling Sports before this and I'd never worked in the jewellery industry until I started here. I love it. What's not to love? There aren't many people who can say they get to play with diamonds all day. My favourite part of the job is when a customer stops in especially to say thank you. People come in here to make a big purchase and it's important to us that their money's been well spent on the right item. Men can be quite funny when they come in trying to look for something. I always make sure to tell them buy- ing a piece of jewellery is like buying a car. You wouldn't buy one with- out inspecting it first so I give them a loop, a type of magni- fying glass, and show them exactly what it is they should be looking for. We have one male employee and men always tend to go to him which is quite funny. I guess it makes them feel comfortable and that's great. Men surprising women with engagement rings is still popular. A lot of people will come and choose the ring together but there are more romantics out there than you'd think. I'd be lying if I didn't say the economic climate hasn't impacted on business but people still get engaged and married. People will still spend money but they spend smarter. The most common type of engagement ring with the younger generation is the white gold, white diamond, princess cut ring. The sapphire made a bit of a comeback after Prince Wil- liam's proposal. There was another week when some celebrity was proposed to with a pink dia- mond. We had two people come in that week wanting that same diamond. The princess cut is a classic and it's timeless. Jewellery isn't just about the glitz. Most people will have pieces that hold a deep emotional attachment for them. They're pieces that mark an occasion or a milestone so it's the saddest thing when someone comes in and they've lost their grandmother's necklace. My wedding ring was made from my grandmother's ring. I've got two bracelets that were a gift from my husband and one has been made out of the chain from my great- grandfather's pocket watch. That's been made into two bracelets so that when I die my two daughters can have one each. My husband and I have been married 25 years. We couldn't afford a big engagement ring at the time but I wouldn't change it because I've got that emotional attachment to it.
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