At Prestige Pawnbrokers, diversity is the name of the game. And we’re not just talking about our love for everything from luxury cars and fully functional helicopters to designer handbags and antique watches. We’re also referring to our incredible team of ladies and gents with serious expertise in the art of pawnbroking. Want to know more? Check out our quick guide to how some of our finest employees got started with Prestige.
From a young age Helen has always been surrounded by art and antiques – you could say it runs in the family. In the school holidays she worked as a porter at a local auction house in Dorset, quickly focusing her attention on luxury jewellery, gemstones and diamonds. She soon went on to study Gemmology with the Association of Great Britain, which landed her a role in the jewellery department at Bonhams in London. Naturally, a career in pawnbroking followed. During her time in London and New York she’s issued millions of pounds worth of loans against luxury goods, including some of the finest diamonds on the planet!
Joy is our management guru extraordinaire, and keeps us all in line with her self-motivated, results-oriented and highly competitive approach. She has over 10 years of experience driving teams and personally oversees our e-boutique, where customers can browse a huge inventory of luxury preowned goods.
Name a professional jewellery qualification, and it’s highly likely Nigel can produce it. He has earned himself a National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) diploma, is a registered valuer, a first-year FGA student and former manager of a high-end London jewellery showroom. After several years in the retail business, he started to seek new challenges and was quickly attracted by the exciting and innovative style of pawnbroking. He gets his thrills from researching unusual items, securing loan packages and meeting client requirements.
Hailing from Poland, Monica started her love affair with jewellery at one of Gdansk’s most exclusive boutiques. After graduating with a geography degree she moved to England – and quickly realised that her passion for jewellery far exceeded her interest in landscapes. While she started off small, Monica soon moved on to high-end pawnbroking, which kickstarted an infatuation with haute horology. She joined Prestige in 2013, and loves the opportunity it has given her to broaden her jewellery and watch expertise, as well as handle other unusual objects such as boats, planes and cars.