Having recently joined Pragnell, Brooke brings with her broad-ranging experience, with a particular focus on diamonds. From being captivated by a specific item of jewellery at an extremely young age, her excitement for gemstones and craftsmanship is evident. Matched with this is her intuitive understanding of those features that are important to clients, such as comfort and versatility.
I ‘fell’ in to a jewellery career almost 10 years ago when a temporary Christmas job introduced me to a compelling world of diamonds, design and craftsmanship. Since then my career has been diverse; I have worked on Bond Street for a long-established brand and with private jewellers creating bespoke one-off designs for clients all over the world, finally joining Pragnell Mayfair in February 2020.
I have gained my knowledge of diamonds and gems from working closely with and learning from diamond dealers and craftsmen over the years. I have also worked with very talented jewellery designers which helps with bespoke commissions.
Q & A
What is your earliest jewellery memory?
Aged five, successfully pleading with my parents to buy me a necklace of Murano glass beads in Venice, which I still treasure to this day.
What is your favourite gemstone?
Diamonds, particularly antique cuts; each one is so unique and characterful. I love the history and romance associated with them.
What advice would you give someone looking for a bespoke piece?
The feel of the jewellery is as important as the look. Small details make a big impact. Choose your diamond or gem first.
Describe your jewellery style in three words?
Eclectic, timeless and sentimental.
My Favourite Piece
A pair of antique diamond earrings featuring round cut diamonds, which have been beautifully set in to a silver rub over setting backed in rose gold. They have an open setting at the back that allows light to flood each diamond whilst also giving them a really elegant and tactile profile. Small diamonds have been set around the edge of each focal diamond; a subtle surprise addition, which can be seen as the lucky wearer moves their head.
Before the introduction of platinum and white gold in jewellery, silver was the only white metal available and was often used with gold. I love the contrast of the bright diamond against the oxidised silver, which is all warmed up by the introduction of rose gold. The diamonds are fairly sizeable but the setting gives them a casual yet refined edge making them a really wearable and versatile treasure.