Fashion & Beauty

Meet Debbie from City of Gold

Tell us about your store
City of Gold is an independent family owned and operated jewellery store. We’ve been lucky enough to call Ocean Keys Shopping Centre home since the centre first opened.  At City of Gold, we pride ourselves on customer service and being able to meet the individual needs of our customers.

We are a full manufacturing jeweller, and there’s nothing we enjoy more than making our customers their special pieces of jewellery.We also stock popular brands, including Thomas Sabo, Ellani, Nomination, Firegem Australian opals and Fossil Watches.
What is your position at City of Gold and how big is your team?
My name is Debbie, and I am the owner operator of City of Gold. Our team is quite small and consists of me and two of my daughters – Laura and Tanya. Together we have more than 50 years’ experience in the jewellery industry.  We also have an offsite jeweller who we work closely with when making custom pieces and completing repairs.
What are the most popular items right now?
The most popular items at the moment are custom made diamond rings, unique silver pieces and the beautiful Australian Firegem opals.

What is the most unusual or funny request you have had from a customer?
Jewellery is a very personal item and we have had the pleasure of sharing many custom designs with our customers, some have been for joyous occasions and others have been to replicate an item that holds immense sentimental value. To see our customers happy means so much to us.


How long have you been in the jewellery industry and what inspired you to pursue this career?
I’ve been working in the jewellery industry for more than 40 years. As a young adult, I worked as an assistant for a family-owned jewellery store in New South Wales. I knew back then I wanted to own my own store one day. I am passionate and enthusiastic about helping customers pick jewellery for themselves, or as gifts for their loved ones.

When you’re not at the store, what do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not working at City of Gold, there is nothing I like more than spending time with my seven grandchildren! I also really like travelling with the family but haven’t had the opportunity to do much of that this year, but that doesn’t stop us from planning future holidays.

What makes Ocean Keys Shopping Centre a great part of the community?
We’re lucky enough to have been part of the Ocean Keys community for more than 20 years. What makes this centre so great is the community vibe offered by the centre. We’ve got our regular customers and fellow tenants who have had the great pleasure of growing up with. We’ve also picked up new customers and friends over the years, and love seeing all their smiling faces in the centre.