Leona

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Within her few years in the business, Leona has developed a comprehensive knowledge of Pragnell’s range of jewellery services. However, it is perhaps her sheer attention to detail, the emotion that she invests in whatever she does, together with the care that she applies to every aspect of her role, which best define Leona’s approach to working with clients.

I have been working in the Fine Jewellery business since 2017. From taking in customer repairs, measuring finger sizes and cleaning customers’ jewellery, to finding the perfect engagement ring, selecting the ideal matching items and creating outstanding bespoke designs for my customers. Excellent customer service and making moments extra special is what I stand by.

Qualifications:
I have completed a range of jewellery specific training programmes, starting with JET 1. In 2019 I achieved my GIA Graduate Diamond Diploma after in-depth study of diamonds and a lab class, using microscopes to assess and grade a diamond’s quality. Ever since, I have continued studying coloured stones with GIA and am on track to achieve the GIA Graduate Gemmologist Diploma.

Q & A

What is your earliest jewellery memory?
Receiving my first jewellery box as a young girl, I couldn’t wait to start filling the compartments up with different pieces.

What is your favourite gemstone?
For me, nothing compares to a well-cut, sparkling and dazzling diamond. They inspire, motivate and wow me every time.

What advice would you give someone looking for a bespoke piece?
Come to us with an open mind. Think of a vague idea, and you will be taken aback by our outstanding designers in the workshop.

Describe your jewellery style in three words?
Simplistic. Classic. Elegant.

My favourite period of jewellery design

My favourite period of jewellery design

My favourite period of jewellery design would have to be early Victorian, known as the romantic Victorian period between 1837 and 1861. It was a fantastic time in history, when Victoria and Albert were very much devoted to each other and the British Empire. The jewellery from this period is full of symbolism and my favourite is the snake, a symbol of everlasting and eternal love as it coils around the finger and eats its own tail. Bright gemstones and flowers adorned jewellery from this era and the attention to detail, carvings and engravings was excellent. This was a time in history when jewellery became more accessible to the Britain’s growing middle classes, who experienced prosperity in the Industrial Revolution. The period still has a strong influence on many pieces today, 150 years later, showing the great importance of this era.

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My favourite period of jewellery design would have to be early Victorian, known as the romantic Victorian period between 1837 and 1861. It was a fantastic time in history, when Victoria and Albert were very much devoted to each other and the British Empire. The jewellery from this period is full of symbolism and my favourite is the snake, a symbol of everlasting and eternal love as it coils around the finger and eats its own tail. Bright gemstones and flowers adorned jewellery from this era and the attention to detail, carvings and engravings was excellent. This was a time in history when jewellery became more accessible to the Britain’s growing middle classes, who experienced prosperity in the Industrial Revolution. The period still has a strong influence on many pieces today, 150 years later, showing the great importance of this era.

My Favourite Piece

I adore our Rainbow collection, the combination of multi-coloured sapphires, rich rose gold settings and bright diamonds is simply delightful. My favourite piece would be the rose gold multi-sapphire ring. The oval sapphires elongate the finger for an elegant and refined look, while the warm colour of the rose gold is a beautiful setting for the gemstones, amplifying and enhancing their beauty. The sapphires all have excellent bright colour and, seated next to each other, they replicate the joy and elation of a rainbow soaring across the sky. Sapphires are hard gemstones and suitable for everyday wear. You can add a delicate, claw set diamond band below this ring, which adds extra sparkle. These pieces are handcrafted in our Pragnell workshops, and the attention to detail makes this a stunning addition to any jewellery box.

A Bespoke Commission

A Bespoke Commission

A customer came to the showroom with a set vision of a pendant he wanted to create for his wife’s upcoming landmark birthday. It was a special piece and he knew it was a niche design and something we would not have readily available. He explained to me that his wife used to be a professional ballet dancer and his idea was to create a bespoke yellow gold pendant to commemorate this and celebrate her. The design he had in mind was a pair of ballet shoes, with a discreet, but very special diamond set at the centre. Our excellent team of designers transformed my rough sketch into a wonderful creation. When the pendant arrived, it was outstanding and exactly what the customer and I had envisaged. The final step was selecting the perfect chain before gift wrapping it in a black Pragnell box, ready for his wife to unwrap on her birthday.

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A customer came to the showroom with a set vision of a pendant he wanted to create for his wife’s upcoming landmark birthday. It was a special piece and he knew it was a niche design and something we would not have readily available. He explained to me that his wife used to be a professional ballet dancer and his idea was to create a bespoke yellow gold pendant to commemorate this and celebrate her. The design he had in mind was a pair of ballet shoes, with a discreet, but very special diamond set at the centre. Our excellent team of designers transformed my rough sketch into a wonderful creation. When the pendant arrived, it was outstanding and exactly what the customer and I had envisaged. The final step was selecting the perfect chain before gift wrapping it in a black Pragnell box, ready for his wife to unwrap on her birthday.
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Mayfair
Leicester