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

Mark Loren has designed the most stunning ring for me - design and quality are unsurpassed! His Team has treated me extremely friendly and they took the time to understand and design exactly what I was looking for! There is no better jeweler that you can find! And I mean it from the deepest of my heart - just absolutely fascinating!

Cindy Cyrus

Mark worked with me on a design for a diamond slice necklace and earrings. Was a wonderful experience and awesome piece to add to my jewels.

Cathy Simon

Mark and his staff are the best. I have been doing business with them for 35 years. Very trustworthy. Fabulous quality and designs.

Holly Smith

First, excellent service. Mark listens to what you envision and he has a knack of pulling it all together. He designed a ring for me and it was definitely an awe moment when I saw the finished product. His staff is professional, friendly and makes you feel quite comfortable. Mark is definitely personable and extremely talented. I wouldn't go anywhere else!

Diane Neilson

Favorite jewelry store and have had a 30 year long relationship Mark Loren and wonderful staff!!!! Always creative and quality work

Debra Penuel

Very professional, friendly staff! I had a battery changed in a watch that was nearly impossible to open and they managed to do it! Would definitely go back for future business!

Anita Mohney

First class, I needed a watch battery replaced and as I was waiting they took the time to clean my other jewelry as well. Love their custom design very talented.

Stacy Gizzi

Always warm, accommodating and professional, the talent goes without saying. Treat yourself. You will be more than thrilled you did. ❣️

Andi Horowitz

After having to be without my wedding ring for 3 years, Mark sat down with me and helped guide me in designing a beautiful, custom wedding ring. The quality, intentionality and love that he and his staff put into their work brought tears to my eyes when my ring was presented to me. I highly recommend letting Mark Loren be a part of creating a beautiful masterpiece that you'll have forever.

Ashley

Mark Loren redesigned my old diamond ring into a stunning new design. The team had a clear process and listened to what I was thinking, confirming my approval at each step. The result is a beautiful new ring which showcases the diamonds brilliantly. In addition, the ring was made with a clasp that enables removal without needing to be pulled over my swollen knuckle. I couldn't be more pleased with the design, the professional staff and the results.

Marilyn Dimitroff

I had three heirloom items repaired and cleaned. I was apprised of estimates, was called to okay certain necessary changes, and was advised of expected completion dates. My pieces were repaired with care and precision and look beautiful!

Linda Tripp

I wanted to have a family necklace created for my Mother that was special and heart touching. Three fingerprints, one for each of her children were cast in gold and joined with a large link chain, creating a contemporary treasure as unique as each child and their one of a kind finger prints. Thrilled!!!!!!!

Janice Kemp

Shopping experience was extraordinary, as usual. Customer service and knowledge of product is over the top. Always interesting and enjoyable.

Doug Henderson

Replaced battery on my watch while I waited, showed me a very interesting old watch. Very friendly staff.

Alfred Pellegrino

Our first visit and we could not be more pleased. All we needed was a battery in a Swiss watch and the task was completed while we were there. Mark polished it and you would swear this 25 year old watch shines like it was brand new! Janice showed us around the store so we could see the astonishing inventory, giving us some background on the makeup of Mark's creations. Awesome work! We purchased a replacement everyday diamond wedding band that we have been looking for over a couple of years. It had to be resized from 6.5 to 8.5 and you can not tell the difference. The Mrs. is very happy. This is a shop you need to go to. They clearly are more interested in building relationships than a customer base.

Jim Jorgenson