During a long, varied and fascinating career that has taken him from his humble ‘Saturday job’ in Leeds to The Bahamas and back, Marcus, Associate Director, has engaged with virtually every aspect of the jewellery trade. His excitement and pride in a business that he loves is infectious. He remains committed to ensuring that clients receive the ultimate experience in terms of choice, quality and service.
I actually started as a “Saturday lad” in a family owned jewellers in Leeds in 1980 while studying for A levels. I continued working there in the university holidays, going full-time after graduation. After ten years, I was managing the largest showroom in the group, before moving to The Bahamas, where I spent five years as Island Manager, running seven locations and serving a varied and international client base. Returning to the UK in the Millennium, I provided consultation, training and development services for several jewellery companies before joining Pragnell in 2006, subsequently becoming General Manager and Managing Director for the Leicestershire location. My tenth anniversary saw me appointed an Associate Director of our parent company, George Pragnell Limited. I still head up our Leicestershire showroom, combining it with my other ‘hats’. I love the industry, our unique fine jewellery and our long established and sophisticated client base.
Retail Jewellery Diploma.
DGA & FGA Diplomas.
Diamond Grading courses with the GIA in London.
Q & A
What is your earliest jewellery memory?
Selling the largest and highest value diamond in the showroom during my first month while the manager was out on lunch…
What is your favourite gemstone?
I have two: diamonds and emeralds. Get in touch and I will tell you why…
What advice would you give someone looking for a bespoke piece?
Come to Pragnell, as our expertise is your guarantee for something truly bespoke.
Describe your jewellery style in three words?
Quality. Simplistic. Beautiful.
A Comic Commission
I have a ‘quirky’ sense of humour and it’s really refreshing to find that many of our clients share that same trait. One customer, a collector of special edition comics, commissioned the production of some cufflinks. The actual design was inspired by the famous Spiderman character, but the interpretation was all done by our in-house, award winning designers. The detail and the result was fabulous. Another happy customer!