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left: Angelo and Renae Catalano right: Angelo Catalano, Renae Catalano and Bevan Hill.

In an industry that is all about romance, you cannot underestimate the importance of passion. That’s what makes husband and wife duo Angelo and Renae Catalano the perfect new additions to the Jewellery By Design team at Castletown.

“Already, we’ve designed a couple of pieces, and I can’t wait for the guys to start bending the metal. It’s like a child as you see it shift from a flat piece of metal into a beautiful curve, and it comes out to be a beautiful diamond ring for a beautiful lady.”

Angelo and Renae have more than 50 years’ combined experience in the jewellery industry. It’s how they met and fell in love, and now they’ve joined the equally passionate JBD team to take their shared devotion to new heights.

Angelo says love is the defining factor in creating a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Renae, who has joined as Sales Manager, says they based their move to JBD on the business’ extraordinary reputation as the best jewellery destination in North Queensland.

“The good thing about JBD is that love is here. Joining the team, for us, is like a marriage and now we get to make a lot of beautiful jewellery together and hopefully there’ll be pieces that transcend time.”

“The beautiful stock, the quality of the workshop, and the skill level of the jewellers on site are all amazing,” says Renae.

JBD’s Business Manager Bevan Hill says they are proud to welcome Angelo and Renae to the team.

“But even better is that it’s local and we’re so proud that it’s all happening here. It’s a one-stopshop: pearl restringing, jewellery appraisals, loose diamonds, diamond setting, repairs, watches, everything happens on-site at JBD. “The stock is incredible, too. Whether you’re buying a gift for a girlfriend or you want to get engaged, the selection and the quality of the diamond jewellery that is here really is world-class.” For Angelo, who’s joining the team as Design Manager, the immediacy of seeing his designs come to life is an exciting prospect. “Start to finish we can make a piece in around four weeks,” says Angelo.

“It’s easy to make a ring. It’s not easy to make a ring with love – to show everything, to express how you want to make the ring look.

“It’s very hard to find people of their calibre in our industry. They can see our vision of where we’re heading and what we want to do, and they want to be a part of it,” says Bevan. “It’s an exciting time for us because Townsville seems to be on the move again and it feels like a new start for all of us after the floods. “It’s an exciting step for Townsville and us that our wealth of experience is now all under the one roof. The jewellers we have are fantastic, and it feels like the sky is the limit.” Castletown www.jbd.net.au

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