George Pragnell Jewellers celebrate diamond jubilee

Pragnell's diamond pendant featuring a vivid purple-pink diamond (0.78ct) and pear cut diamond (5.03

Pragnell's diamond pendant featuring a vivid purple-pink diamond (0.78ct) and pear cut diamond (5.03cts) - Credit: Archant

This Autumn, British jeweller George Pragnell is celebrating their jubilee with a diamond jewellery exhibition which launched in October and will run until Christmas

A unique gift of nature, diamonds have captivated the imaginations of both women and men for centuries. This autumn, third-generation British jeweller George Pragnell celebrates its jubilee year with a series of exhibitions shining the light on a collection of rarefied creations fresh from its Stratford-upon-Avon workshop.

“These 60 jewels are testimony to six decades of hard work, success, great service and a passion for exceptional jewellery,” says Charlie Pragnell, George Pragnell’s managing director and a recipient of the Goldsmiths Company Craft and Design Award. “We have served kings, actors, African tribal leaders, Middle Eastern Sheikhs and generations of engaged couples. Again and again our customers come back to us for diamonds, the most prized gemstones, known for their invincibility and romance.”

Highlights of the George Pragnell Jubilee exhibition include a ring incorporating a 3.49 carat, internally flawless, pear-cut diamond from the ancient Indian Golconda mine, recut to maximize brilliance and transparency; a double pendant necklace with a 0.78 vivid purple-pink diamond and a 5.03 carat pear-cut diamond; a graduated pear-cut diamond necklace with 23 diamonds weighing 46.62 carats, and a ring with a 5.36 carat Asscher cut diamond cut at the time the legendary Asscher cut was first created in 1920.

From its Stratford-upon-Avon store and by-appointment showroom in London’s Mayfair, George Pragnell prides itself in a carefully curated selection of world-class offerings, ranging from 18th to 21st century jewellery, to rare gemstones, top-flight Swiss watches and unusual antique silver and objects.

George Pragnell, the founder, began his career running jeweller to Queen Mary, Biggs of Maidenhead. In 1954, he and his wife Margaret opened the doors to a shop in the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, where it continues to conduct business. Today, George Pragnell’s son Jeremy Pragnell is the company chairman and his grandson Charlie Pragnell, is managing director, while another of George Pragnell’s grandsons, Tom Crookenden, runs the jewellery department.

Over the generations, the family has gleaned further knowledge through the acquisition of jewellers George Tarratt of Leicestershire (Est. 1913) and Philip Antrobus of Bond Street (Est 1815), who were commissioned by HRH Prince Philip to design and manufacture the Queen’s engagement ring. Knowledge has also been acquired through the marriage of Jeremy, who was trained in Switzerland, to his wife Jane of sixth generation Bond Street Jewellers Waters and Blott, as well as the marriage of Charlie, who was trained in New York City, to Emily, a relative of the Garrard family.

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“In an age of mass manufacturing, our ethos of original design and first-class personal service still courses through the veins of our family-run business,” says Charlie Pragnell.


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