In a season severely lacking in color, Solange Azagury-Partridge‘s newest collection Chromance could not have debuted at a more welcome time. Anyone familiar with the British designer’s work knows just how pivotal a role color, in every shade from the rainbow, plays in her overall aesthetic – from her psychedelic jewels to the interiors of her London and New York boutiques.
A portmanteau of “chromatic” and “romance”, Chromance celebrates Azagury-Partridge’s love affair with color and nature. Whereas previous collections, like “Black Rainbows” and “Random”, energetically emanate a kaleidoscope of color, the jewels in her Chromance collection delicately embrace every colors’ subtle charms in their infinitesimal nuanced shades.
Both playful and imaginative, each jewel exudes Azagury-Partridge impressive ingenuity with concepts that go beyond what simply meet the eye, such as the Chlorophyll suite of nature-inspired emerald and diamond jewels with a matching set called Colorblind Chlorophyll executed in rubies. Together, the series is a play on how those who are colorblind are unable to see red or green. Another clever piece in the collection is a Rain Bow ring, where a plaque of turquoise embedded with diamond raindrops is wrapped with a pavé-diamond gold bow.
The collection explores the full color spectrum in unimaginable directions with both wit and whimsy. Composed of a ribbon in blackened white gold rimmed on each side with pearls and diamonds, the Chromophobe bangle aptly depicts the absence of color; while the appropriately named Colourblock ring is set with a vibrant colored hardstone cube, such as verdant malachite and bubblegummy rhodochrosite.
Without question, Chromance is a serious love affair with a sense of humor.