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Unwearable Jewels

Client Sebastian + Barquet; Solange Azagury-Partridge
Product Book
Medium Print

Project Brief

Solange Azagury-Partridge is a London-based jewelry designer. ”Unwearable Jewels” was the first exhibition of her work in New York City, including her Cosmic collection of precious stone jewelry, extravagant handmade carpets, and a diamond chandelier.


Evoking the opulent spirit of the exhibition, the 112-page book is designed like a series of jewel settings, each more excessive than the last. The interior pages mix super high-gloss black paper with matte stock and gold reflective foil to accentuate the fire of the most exotic pieces. The end-pages feature a custom-designed pattern inspired by the diamond chandelier, seductively printed in gold ink on black matte stock. And the whole project is wrapped in the mystique of a jewelry box with a black velvet cover stamp-printed in gold foil.


The elegant typography, delicate patterns, eclectic materials, and sophisticated printing make the book simultaneously serious and joyful, intuitive and artificial, concrete and fantastical. These aim at recreating “the wicked aroma of dangerous and mesmerizing beauty” inhaled by Béatrice Salmon in her Introductory essay about the decadent luxury and fantasy of Azagury-Partridge’s work.

Service Provided

Book design
Publication design
Editorial design

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