Born and raised in London in 1961, Solange Azagury-Partridge now lives in West London with her husband, Murray, their son, Otis, 19, and daughter, Mardi, 15.
Azagury-Partridge studied French and Spanish at University, and after graduating, took a job at the London costume jewellers Nick Butler of Butler & Wilson. A year later she went to work for the decorative arts dealer, Gordon Watson, where she discovered great masterpieces of 20th century jewellery of Cartier, Van Cleef and Boucheron.
It was her decision in 1987 to design her own engagement ring, set with a rough diamond, and much-admired, that propelled Solange into her creative adventure as a fine jewellery designer.
In 1990, she set up her own company, and in 1995 opened her first shop, in London’s Notting Hill.
The business has grown steadily and organically, punctuated by high-profile themed collections, including eye-popping Enamels in 1996, spinning Kinetic diamonds in 1998, Cosmic with its intricate stone inlays and mystic motifs in 1999, Seven in 2002, celebrating seven years in business, and Platonic, Solange’s first all-diamond collection in 2007, inspired by the sacred geometry of the natural world.
In 2001, hand-chosen by Tom Fork, Solange was appointed Creative Director of Boucheron, the celebrated Parisian master jeweler, where she worked for three fruitful years, bringing a new dimension of wayward sensuality to traditional Place Vendome jewellery, before returning full-time to London in 2004 to focus on her own burgeoning brand.
2005 Solange designs a one-off jewellery collection for H&M.
In November 2006 she launched her first fragrance, Stoned. A fragrant liquid gem containing diamond dust which was immediately available from Space NK, London and Colette in Paris. Solange also launches her Zodiac collection in the same year.
In 2007, Solange launches 2nd Fragrance called Cosmic, an intergalactic liquid jewel of a scent mixed with stardust.
In April 2008 Solange partners with Labelux Group, a Vienna based company of Joh. A Benckiser SE takes a stake in the company with the plan to roll out the brand internationally. In December 2008 Solange her Titanium Black Rainbows collection in collaboration with Centurion from American Express.
In September 2009 Solange’s launches her special edition Hotlips for (RED). 50% of the profits go to the global fund to fight against AIDS in Africa.
In November 2009, Azagury-Partridge released a short film, a collaboration with director Laurence Dunmore (The Libertine) and actors Thandie Newton and Jason Isaacs. Titled The Letter, the movie tells of a love quadrangle between Newton’s character, her husband (Isaacs), her lover (Raphael Edwards), and Stoned—Azagury-Partridge’s new collection.
Amongst other projects, she has designed a Bacchic ‘Pergola’ bunch of grapes chandelier, for Swarovski’s Crystal Palace project in 2005, in 2006 Fashion Fringe trophy, and most recently, in 2008, a collection of jewel-inspired objects, Unwearable Jewels for Sebastian & Barquet in New York.
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