A JEWELER DEVOTED TO HIS CRAFT
Mark Loren has devoted a lifetime to the craft of jewelry-making. Today, he works out of his Fort Myers, Florida studio, where you can shop his gallery of outstanding work. However, Mark was born and raised in Chicago, and that’s where he began his career. He attended Gem City College in Quincy, Illinois, studying advanced jewelry design, watchmaking, and jewelry repair. Then, after repairing watches for Bulova Watch Co., Mark began a jewelry apprenticeship with Frederick Prete Custom Goldsmiths in Highland Park. Ultimately, fine jewelry stores across the Chicago area carried his work.
ESTABLISHING A SHOP IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
In 1982, Mark relocated to Fort Myers, where he started a small trade shop. Initially, he provided jewelry repair and design for other stores in the Southwest Florida region. Then, in 1985, he opened his own retail design gallery.
After nearly 40 years in business, Mark has gained international acclaim and a roster of local and national celebrity clients. He also received numerous awards in his industry, and he has been a guest speaker at national jewelry shows and conferences. And Mark Loren Designs has played host to fellow jewelers interested in seeing Mark’s unique approach to production and design.
IN FORT MYERS
Mark is an active and engaged member of his community and loves donating his time and treasures to causes across the region. He also shares his expertise locally and nationally, speaking on topics such as securing and caring for your jewelry, changes in the industry, and much more. For fun, Mark stays active by weightlifting and riding his recumbent bicycle around town.