Having combined gemmological studies with lengthy experience in international auction houses, Del has acquired a profound knowledge of, and appreciation for, antique, fine and rare jewels. Furthermore, his love of fine art also complements his flair for assisting clients in finding that special piece which reflects their particular tastes.
I have always been passionate about fine art and fine jewellery, which I believe are one and the same. Having spent six years in the auction world working in Middle and Indian Art, I was privileged to assist in the sale of jewels from the courts of Imperial India. Whether an Emerald headdress once worn by a Mughal emperor, or a rare diamond from the Golconda mine, the experience was instrumental in my understanding of antique jewellery and rare gemstones.
Trained Gemmologist (GG) from the GIA - The Gemmological Institute of America.
Q & A
What is your earliest jewellery memory?
My grandmother was a passionate jewellery collector. From a young age I was set the task of cleaning her rainbow sapphire necklaces!
What is your favourite gemstone?
It is hard to beat a Colombian Emerald from the Muzo Mine. Emeralds from Colombia possess less iron and fewer impurities than emeralds from other countries, in addition to having a warmer and intense bluish green colour. It is this striking colour and high quality that make them such an impressive and must-have gemstone, and my personal favourite.
What advice would you give someone looking for a bespoke piece?
Try on as many examples as possible and follow your instincts. As part of my role at Pragnell I enjoy helping customers turn unique ideas into wearable designs.
Describe your jewellery style in three words?
Bespoke, originality and fineness
My Favourite Piece
This is a gemstone of great beauty and exceptional rarity. The definition of rarity is something that cannot be replaced easily and this extraordinary jewel is the embodiment of that definition. Found in a deposit in a remote mountainous region of India exhausted by 1887, this very fine velvety sapphire was taken from the ground, masterfully faceted by craftsmen and then, during the Art Deco period, set into a simple, elegant, diamond set platinum mount. Pure beauty created by the earth and elevated by craftsmen. A true Masterpiece.