Meet Mark

Born and raised in Chicago, IL. Mark attended Gem City College in Quincy, IL for advanced jewelry design, watch making and jewelry repair. After a brief stint repairing watches for the Bulova Watch Co., Mark began a jewelry apprenticeship with Frederick Prete Custom Goldsmiths in Highland Park, IL. The Chicago area provided a fertile “proving-ground” for Mark’s design skills and many fine jewelry stores showcased his work until the Southwest Florida sunshine beckoned in 1982. Mark started his own jewelry trade shop in Ft. Myers and was successful providing jewelry repair and design for many stores in the southwest Florida community.

 

He opened his retail design gallery, Mark Loren Designs, in 1985 and won his first of seven International Spectrum Design Awards in 1991, with his most recent award being 2017! Mark is also a regular guest speaker at industry trade events like the INSTORE Smart Show and Atlanta Jewelry Show for retail Jewelers, and for local media as well as community organizations.

 

The clientele of the gallery has expanded to include local as well as national celebrities and clients who appreciate wearing unique, innovative jewelry designs. The design team at the studio shines brightest when working on custom creations for private commissions. The work studio at Mark Loren Designs has played host to visitors from the industry to observe their unique production capabilities and use of cutting-edge technologies.

 

Mark was installed as an Honorary Laureate for Junior Achievement in 2014 with his good friend Norman Love and Mark Loren Designs was honored by the Horizon Council of Southwest Florida with the small business award for 2014. Mark also has been a finalist for the Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Council Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 and 2015. Mark has served on the Local Board of Directors of The American Cancer Society as a past President as well as the State Board of Directors for the Florida Division of the ACS. He is an honorary Lifetime Member of the Lee County Board as well as a Lifetime, National Excalibur level donor. He has also served on the Southwest Florida Symphony Board of Directors, Children’s Advocacy Center, and was a Lee County appointed Ambassador to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL. Mark currently serves on the Board of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, is a board member of Art Fest in Lee County and is on the Advisory Council for the Heights Foundation. Mark envisioned and help initiate the inaugural Law & Order Ball for Lee County Law Enforcement with the Rotary club of Rotary South which is going into its fifth successful year.

 

Mark Loren Jewelry Designer

This is a one of kind jewelry store. I walked in with an idea of what i was looking for and Mark surpassed my expectations. Thank you Mark Loren Designs!!!

Esequiel Yzaguirre

Mark Loren Designs is an extraordinary jewelry store for so many reasons. We have purchased several unique and original jewelry pieces and this time had a family ring re-set. Each time we were treated so well and were very happy with the service as well!

Susan Dean

I believe I have been going to Mark Loren Desiigns since he opened 25 years ago. His custom designs are simply outstanding. I’ve sent many friends and family to him over the years and everyone has thanked me!! If your looking for quality, timeless, one of a kind pieces, this is your place!

Tracey Goodwin

"Always customer oriented. Their jewelry is so unique. I love browsing the store. They are “The Bes!”

Constance Cobb

The service is phenomenal! I had a small repair and was treated like the most important customer! I was given an estimate before work began. The work was flawless. The atmosphere is perfect for relaxed browsing. I highly recommend for all jewelry needs.

Tricia Cook

I had a very enjoyable experience as Janis took time to show me every option of earrings that I was interested in, and then more to consider. By the time I made my decision I was very excited to buy them and take them home to show my wife. In fact, I will probably buy the pair I was considering and give them to her for Christmas. Our wedding rings have never been more impressive, after the cleaning, as well as my wife's other rings that were brought in. I would have easily paid for the cleaning, but the inspection and cleaning was free.

Joe Majors

Mark and his staff are incredibly devoted to the complete satisfaction of their customers. Mark's selection of offerings is unique and truly outstanding. Quality, pricing and service provide great value.

Victor Apa

OMG!!! They are amazing. Great service, wonderful people, and incredibly professional. I honestly wouldn’t go elsewhere. Fair pricing, too. They really go over and above.

Stephen Eisenberg

Mark Loren recently created what I like to think of as a “wearable memory “ by combining my husbands and my wedding bands and my diamond into a new ring. It was such a wonderful experience working with Mark to come up with the design. He listened to my vision of what the ring should look like. He offered suggestions and in the end we came up with a beautiful design. It was a great experience. I love the ring and will cherish it always. Thank You Mark.

Janet Carloni

If you're looking for something beautiful and unique, you’ll find it at Mark’s! I’ve had a great experience building my wedding band, and it by far succeeded my expectations. Cameron is so knowledgeable, he makes everything easy to understand. I love being greeted with a smile from Susan, she’s great too! Peter, in the back, is incredible. He always makes it out to say hi and check in! LOVE this place! I’m looking forward to our forever friendship!

Jessica Foster