Brooke

MAYFAIR

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.

Qualifications:
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 period of jewellery design

My favourite period of jewellery design

I have recently gained a new love for the bold and gold retro pieces of the 1930s-60s. The styles were sculptural and tactile, yet timeless and wearable. Bombé rings were adorned with diamonds, gleaming gold cuffs were worn on both wrists (à la Coco Chanel) and necklaces were often architectural style chains that were convertible into bracelets. Unusual materials, such as rock crystal, onyx and coral, were used by prolific designers and set alongside diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. It was a time of innovation, as new setting techniques and goldsmithing technologies advanced, which allowed for the creation of jewels that were chunky and heavy looking, yet comfortable and light to wear. The pieces were bold and innovative but there was always an emphasis on them being wearable and versatile which I think is very relevant today.

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I have recently gained a new love for the bold and gold retro pieces of the 1930s-60s. The styles were sculptural and tactile, yet timeless and wearable. Bombé rings were adorned with diamonds, gleaming gold cuffs were worn on both wrists (à la Coco Chanel) and necklaces were often architectural style chains that were convertible into bracelets. Unusual materials, such as rock crystal, onyx and coral, were used by prolific designers and set alongside diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. It was a time of innovation, as new setting techniques and goldsmithing technologies advanced, which allowed for the creation of jewels that were chunky and heavy looking, yet comfortable and light to wear. The pieces were bold and innovative but there was always an emphasis on them being wearable and versatile which I think is very relevant today.

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.

A Bespoke Commission

A Bespoke Commission

An engagement ring for a couple who were wanting a softly coloured gemstone to be the focus of their design. We arranged a selection of loose sapphires for them to view in a range of shades, including a spectacular pink-peach coloured Padparadscha sapphire. Their chosen gem was a beautiful 4.16ct ‘baby blue’ hued sapphire in a cushion cut. Enabling clients to choose their own gemstone is always an exciting experience and allows them to select exactly what they would like. The next stage was to discuss the design; by trying on rings from our existing selection, the client was able to take elements from different designs to create a ring that was both aesthetically her style and comfortable to wear. Setting the sapphire in an East-to-West formation added a subtle twist, all perfectly complemented in rose gold with a fine, diamond halo.

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An engagement ring for a couple who were wanting a softly coloured gemstone to be the focus of their design. We arranged a selection of loose sapphires for them to view in a range of shades, including a spectacular pink-peach coloured Padparadscha sapphire. Their chosen gem was a beautiful 4.16ct ‘baby blue’ hued sapphire in a cushion cut. Enabling clients to choose their own gemstone is always an exciting experience and allows them to select exactly what they would like. The next stage was to discuss the design; by trying on rings from our existing selection, the client was able to take elements from different designs to create a ring that was both aesthetically her style and comfortable to wear. Setting the sapphire in an East-to-West formation added a subtle twist, all perfectly complemented in rose gold with a fine, diamond halo.
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Mayfair
Leicester