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.
Paul Greer DGA, FNAG, PJDip, PJGemDip has been the Manager since 1992. He has a great love of antique jewellery and was the project manager for the Damien Hirst diamond set skull ‘For the Love of God’. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Freeman of Goldsmiths Company.
Arvin Shah BSc (Hons) is the Company Secretary and Financial Administrator of Bentley & Skinner. He joined the company in 1989 and is the longest serving member of staff.
Omar Vaja has 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.
Luigi Milano is the Company’s Stock keeper and is responsible for recording the full details of all of Bentley & Skinner’s stock. He joined the company in 2010.
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 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.
Diana Will BA, MA, FGA, DGA, GG has been working in the jewellery profession since 2008. She joined the company in 2015. As a gemmologist she has a keen eye for details and a love of fine antique jewellery.
Appraiser and Gemmologist
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.
Cristina Rosich BA(Hons), GG GP AJP has been working with jewellery since 2009. A keen gemmologist, her curiosity for methods of manufacture and her passion for antique jewellery forms the basis of her expertise in the appraisal of jewellery.
As a gemmologist with a passion for antique jewellery and rare gemstones, Laura Thatcher BA Hons, FGA DGA is ideally placed to handle Bentley & Skinner’s Public Relations.
Goldsmith and Workshop Manager
Adrian Lawrence FIPG is the Workshop Manager and joined the company in 2012. With over 30 years’ experience in the trade he specialises in antique jewellery restoration and the diamond mounting of fine jewellery. He has worked for some of the leading West End jewellers and also teaches all aspects of goldsmithing. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Freeman of the City of London.
Karen Avakov joined Bentley & Skinner in 2010. He is a goldsmith and diamond mounter specialising in the design and manufacture of precious jewellery.
Luca Barattucci, was brought up in his family’s jewellery business. He has over 10 years of workshop experience at the bench and obtained Diploma di Artigiano Orafo and Specializzazione in Maestro Orafo at Scuola orafa Sulmonese. He specializes in creating bespoke jewellery and has a deep knowledge in the repair and restoration of antique jewellery.