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Members of Staff

Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Managing Director

Mark Evans, Managing Director of Bentley & Skinner, joined Bentley & Co, the family-run firm of Bond Street jewellers, in 1973 at the age of seventeen. He became a Fellow of the Gemmological Association in 1976 and Managing Director of Bentley & Co in 1985. In 1998 he acquired Skinner & Co and was granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment as Director of Bentley & Skinner, Jewellers and Silversmiths to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. He is a connoisseur of antique jewellery with a specialist knowledge of Fabergé and gemstones.

Omar Vaja

Omar Vaja

Consultant

Omar Vaja had been a Sales professional with the company since 1993. He has a passion for antique jewellery with a special interest in the Belle Époque era.

Ilias Kapsalis

Ilias Kapsalis

Manager

Ilias Kapsalis BSc, MBA, GG has been a Sales professional with the company since 2013. He oversees the online web-enquiries and social media of the company. He has a passion for antique jewellery with a special interest in Victorian era and natural pearls.

Reg Penfold

Reg Penfold

Senior Sales Advisor

Reg Penfold FGA, has been involved in the jewellery profession since 1972. He joined Bentley & Skinner in 2014. His particular interests are jewellery from the Art Deco period and antique silverware.

Alexander Adamov

Alexander Adamov

Co-Director and Company Secretary

Alexander Adamov BSc, BBA, DGA, PJ Dip is the Company Secretary and the Financial Administrator of Bentley & Skinner. Joined the company in 2011 upon completion undergraduate degrees at the University of Chester and Caucasus Business School, Caucasus University. Alexander speaks English, Georgian, Russian and Armenian.

Lola Rafieva

Lola Rafieva

Appraiser, Gemmologist & Stock Keeper

Lola Rafieva PhD, FGA, DGA has been in the antique jewellery business since 2014. A scientist by training, she has strong analytical skills and a good eye for details.

Gregory Music

Gregory Music

Senior Sales Advisor

Gregory Music has been involved in all levels of the jewellery industry since 1975, starting his career in one of London’s premier jewellers, G Music & Sons Ltd. With his in-depth knowledge, formed through manufacturing, sourcing and retail sales, he has attained a passion for all things ‘jewellery’.

Bosco Juliussen De La Mata

Bosco Juliussen De La Mata

Sales Administrator

Bosco joined the company in 2023 having graduated from the Spanish Gemmology Institute as a gemmologist, diamond grader, appraiser, and pearl identifier. He studied as a goldsmithing for four years. He oversees the sale of Bentley & Skinner’s signet rings. Bosco has special interest in antique jewellery, particularly Victorian and Art Nouveau.

Jessie Alexandra Cant

Jessie Alexandra Cant

Jewellery Sales and General Assistant

Jessie joined the company in 2023 following an internship at Olympia Auctions. She read History of Art at The University of Bristol and pursued her love of jewellery after graduating. She is currently studying part-time at Gem-A and has a particular interest in Art Nouveau jewellery.

Karen Avakov

Karen Avakov

Goldsmith

Karen Avakov has been with Bentley & Skinner since 2010. Originally from Georgia, he started learning the craft from his grandfather and father when he was in his teens. Karen is a goldsmith and a diamond mounter. He has passion for design and manufacture of bespoke precious jewellery. He has great experience in remodeling, alteration and restoration of Victorian and Edwardian era fine jewels and reworking antique or vintage jewellery.

Cody Homewood

Cody Homewood

Apprentice Goldsmith

Cody is an apprentice goldsmith and diamond mounter enrolled in the Goldsmiths’ Centre Apprenticeship Scheme. At Bentley & Skinner, he trains in bespoke, fully handmade jewellery, along with antique fine jewellery repairs and alterations to the highest standards. He previously attended the University of Central St Martins in London. Cody has a particular interest in the Belle Epoque, the Byzantine era, Micro-Mosaic, and Memento jewellery.

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