Claire Douglas (Owner/Director)
I’ m planning on introducing you to the staff at Argent over the next few months so I thought I should start with a little bit about myself.
I studied at……. Birmingham School of Jewellery for a BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing.
When I was growing up I wanted to be…….. an Air Hostess, it seemed like such a glamorous job but now it wouldn’t appeal to me at all. I think I could have enjoyed being an Interior Designer and nearly chose that course over Jewellery but I think Jewellery has served me well.
Favourite piece of jewellery that I own…….. Shaun Leane signature long tusk earrings.
Piece of jewellery that I aspire to have…….. the 18ct white gold and diamond set version of the Shaun Leane long tusk earrings.
I can’t live without…….. my boys (my husband, two gorgeous sons and labradoodle dog).
Favourite pastime…….. walking my dog Billy or sharing coffee and cake with close friends.
Favourite restaurant in Leeds…….. Shear’s Yard, not only is the food excellent and beautifully presented but the restaurant has happy memories for me as we used to go each year for the Argent Christmas party.
Best holiday ever…….. two weeks spent travelling around Tuscany and Umbria, beautiful. Next year it’s my 50th birthday and I would love to go to Bali, the very first range of jewellery I bought was Balinese and now Chlobo is one of my favourites, I think it would be an inspirational trip!
Highlight of my job…….. feeling like I’ve really connected with customers, many have become my friends.
One thing I’m most excited about at the moment…….. our 25th Anniversary event in the shop on 11th October! I’m really looking forward to celebrating with our customers so many of whom have become good friends over the years.
Favourite perfume……. Molecule by Escentric
Favourite film…….. Barbarella, Edward Scissorhands, Moulin Rouge. Book….. anything by Penny Vincenzi – pure escapism.
Favourite jewellery designer…….. A difficult one, I have many…… Shaun Leane (of course), Alex Monroe and Chlobo. I’m thrilled to be getting a Chlobo cabinet installed in the shop, the range is so wearable, it’s described as ‘boho chic’. I love the story behind the range and I’m always excited to see the new collections which are inspired fashion and current trends.