For the love of jew­els

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Seated in the wel­com­ing kitchen of her home, Re­becca Sim­cock re­calls the times as a young girl when she would wan­der through Shades Ar­cade in Cashel St, and ad­mire the beau­ti­ful pieces through the win­dow of Young’s Jewellers. Sev­eral years later, when she was at univer­sity, she was of­fered a part-time job in the store. She jumped at the op­por­tu­nity which would lead to her be­com­ing a co-owner of Young’s with busi­ness part­ner John Mor­ri­son.

Af­ter Fe­bru­ary’s earthquake and dam­age to their New Re­gent St bou­tique store, Re­becca and John re­lo­cated to the garage at Re­becca’s house, in­vest­ing many hours and much ef­fort into se­cu­rity, in­sur­ance and dis­play. ‘‘It’s tem­po­rary but for now it’s great to be back do­ing what we love most; pro­vid­ing beau­ti­ful jew­ellery and watches for a range of bud­gets. We buy what we like and hope cus­tomers like it too.

‘‘It’s not so much about mak­ing money, but more of a life­style choice,’’ says Re­becca.

She sources their new and an­tique jew­ellery lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. ‘‘I par­tic­u­larly love South Sea Au­tore pearls. Pearls flat­ter ev­ery­one and you can have them for­ever, as they don’t date.’’ The Au­tore la­bel is worn by Cate Blanchett, Halle Berry and Uma Thur­man.

Re­becca’s love of an­tique jew­ellery has ex­tended to col­lect­ing an­tique home­wares, which are dis­played in the home she shares with hus­band An­drew and son Wil­liam. ‘‘For years I’ve col­lected blue and white china, in­clud­ing Spode, Burleigh and Royal Doul­ton and I also buy pieces of Scot­tish jew­ellery; there are some won­der­ful colours and quirky de­signs.’’

Her pas­sions don’t stop at china and jew­ellery. ‘‘I have a col­lec­tion of an­tique ster­ling sil­ver pin cush­ions, a large num­ber of an­tique stick pins, which men used to wear on their cra­vats, and Vic­to­rian toys and dolls. For­tu­nately for my wal­let, the pin cush­ions, which are mainly an­i­mals, are hard to come by, so I can’t be too im­pul­sive when it comes to buy­ing.’’

Re­becca’s flair for style and in­te­rior de­sign is ev­i­dent through her choice of fur­ni­ture, colour schemes and soft fur­nish­ings in her home. ‘‘When we moved here, there was gold and bur­gundy striped wall­pa­per in the en­trance­way, and it was all so dark. ‘‘We’ve mod­ernised the home but at the same time it still suits a mix­ture of old and new, which is what we’re all about.’’

Pride of place on a man­tel­piece is a For­nasetti vase given to Re­becca by John for her 40th birth­day. The For­nasetti cush­ions were also birth­day gifts. In a cor­ner, Vic­to­rian French and Bri­tish bull­dog toys sit obe­di­ently un­til Re­becca shows how they can me­chan­i­cally move.

An­other in­ter­est is her gar­den.‘‘i’m a huge fan of gar­den­ing. It’s the green­ery, the dif­fer­ent shades and tex­tures,’’ she says.

Be­fore em­bark­ing on her jew­ellery ca­reer, Re­becca was a model. She worked in Mi­lan, Paris and Mel­bourne. ‘‘Paris, with its’s leafy streets and boule­vards was lovely.’’

Re­becca says she was prob­a­bly never cut-out to model as a per­ma­nent ca­reer.

‘‘ I prob­a­bly would have been a bet­ter stylist than model. There came a time when I was due to go to New York to model for the Ford Agency but I came home for Christ­mas and that was it.’’

Young’s Jewellers, now at 43 Holm­wood Rd.

Twoloves: An­tique toys and jew­ellery are two of Re­becca’s loves.

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