{SS}: Can you give us a brief background on your career… and of course, what you are currently up to? 

{Ashley Gold} I was born a jewelry lover. Since I was a little kid I have always been into the latest jewelry styles and fashions. It is in my blood. I’ve worked in the jewelry business my entire life, whether at the family business or as a purchaser at the jewelry shows.  I have a business degree from Michigan State University and GIA certified.  Everything I’ve done in life has revolved around the jewelry industry.

{SS}: Advice for young professionals who want to build their career in the jewelry / fashion business? entrepreneurs? 

{Ashley Gold} First, make sure you are doing what you love.  If it’s diamonds and gems, great. Dedicate your life to what you are passionate about.  After that, it’s no different than any other business.  Get a good education. Obtain as much experience as you can by working with great people in the industry.  Add that to an unwavering desire to succeed and you’ll find yourself in a good spot.

{SS}: We love your radio show! Who has been one of your favorite interviews thus far? 

{Ashley Gold} There are so many to choose from! One of my recent favorites was Perez Hilton.  He was so much fun to talk with. Perez is so passionate about what he does and he’s just an all-around really nice guy.

{SS}: What is your secret to work/life balance? 

{Ashley Gold} There is a secret?  Great, someone please tell me!  All kidding aside, there is a quote I love from Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame.  When asked this question, he said: “The secret of my success is that I bit off more than I could chew, and chewed as fast as I could.” I just love that.  Kind of summarizes how I approach everything.

Now onto your personal style…. 

{SS}: A few items in your “Styleshack” A.K.A closet that you can’t live without?

{Ashley Gold} I cannot live without my UGG boots and my lululemon. Not kidding. I’m so often at a function or event that when I’m, all I want to be is comfortable!

{SS}: What is your Style Archetype?

{Ashley Gold} Glam Madame.

{SS}: In regards to your personal style, do you have a signature look or accessory?

{Ashley Gold} My style now is much different than five years ago. If I ran into you on the weekend, you would usually see me wearing a pair of jeans, a Chaser tee and a blazer.  And of course, a pair of hoops, a couple layered necklaces and some bangle bracelets.

 The Catherine Blazer Hersh'sFRAME Le Skinny Sateen Knight Rider Skinny Jean SHE-StoresChaser I Heart Weekends Sweater GuysNGals

{SS}: Currently which items are you loving?

Sterling Silver Plain Hoop Earrings Pawn Chick Shopping, 18kt Gold Over Brass, White Topaz Amazonite Double Florentine Earrings Pawn Chick Shopping, Black Wood and Labradorite Necklace Pawn Chick Shopping, Sterling Silver Coated in Rose Gold Evil Eye Bracelet Pawn Chick Shopping

{SS}: Who or What inspires your style? Favorite Style Icon?

{Ashley Gold} Coco Chanel.

{SS}: Favorite fashion or lifestyle blog OR magazines?

{Ashley Gold} People Stylewatch. 

{SS}: Favorite “local” boutiques in your area or anywhere in the world? 

{Ashley Gold} Ramy Brook is to be my “go to” shop in NYC!

{SS}: Favorite local restaurant? 

{Ashley Gold} I’m really into 220 Merrill these days. I love the food and the decor. Denise Ilitch has done an amazing job with that place.

{SS}: Words to live by? Or Favorite Quote? 

{Ashley Gold}