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Local Chick – Kate McCoy

By James Hutton on September 9, 2015 in People

Photo: Grant Brooks

Photo: Grant Brooks

Name | Kate McCoy
Suburb | Bondi

How long have you lived here?
8 years.

What’s your favourite beach?
Bondi. The variety year round is amazing, whether it’s 5:30am mid-week Bondi, 5:30pm Sunday Bondi, winter Bondi, summer Bondi, king tide Bondi or lake Bondi. It’s well patrolled and amazingly clean considering the amount of people it accommodates.

What’s your favourite eatery?
I love Brown Sugar, and Panama House does an amazing smokey tomato, bacon and egg roll. If you haven’t had one, do yourself a favour.

Where do you like to have a drink?
Locally, Neighbourhood has become a bit of a habit, Anchor is always a fun night and you can’t go past the view from Icebergs, North Bondi RSL or North Bondi Fish.

Do you have a favourite sporting team?
The Cloey Blowies are one of a kind.

What music are you into at the moment?
I like all kinds of music: The National, Alt-J, James Vincent McMorrow, James Blake, The Middle East, The Preatures, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Marling, Yann Tiersen, London Grammar, Sohn, Flume, Dave Matthews, Feist, Frank Ocean, Jeff Buckley, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Radiohead…

Who is your favourite person?

I’m very lucky to be surrounded by fun, intelligent, beautiful, caring, grounded and successful people, but if I was to pick just one it would my nephew Alfie. He’s a happy little legend.

What do you get up to on the weekends?
Ideally I like to be spontaneous and not plan too much. Usually it involves relaxing, laughing and spending quality time with family and friends outdoors.

What do you do for work?
I’m a qualified gemologist and diamond grader and I have my own jewellery label, Kate McCoy Jewellery. Go to if you want to check it out. My expertise lies in sourcing exclusive cut gems and top quality diamonds the world over at great prices. I create pieces to suit any budget from 3K to 20K and above for bespoke pieces. I also have a new project called Mr Baxter. It’s a free service that educates guys on buying a rock, designing a ring and popping the question. You can check it out at

What’s your favourite thing about work?
I love creating beautiful things that are meaningful and symbolic. They say more than words and remind the person wearing them of the sentiment they hold. I love the places my work takes me, the people I meet, sharing knowledge, the challenges I face and the lessons I learn. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be doing what I love.

Do you have a favourite quote?
“Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide” – Emmerson.

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
Be authentic. Do what you love.