The Power of a Diamond – Episode 4: The Leopards on Jewelry

The Leopards

The Power of a Diamond

 

Please be advised that the following podcast episodes were recorded remotely by each of the paticipants, following strict social distancing measures.

From designing jewelry for Elton John to partnering with the visionary Alexander McQueen on unforgettable runway pieces, for the latest instalment from a Power of a Diamond we have partnered with The Leopards, a like-minded group of British designers and jewelry professionals who have come together to celebrate the wonder, awe and creativity that jewelry inspires.

The founding members that we have had the privilege to interview include Solange Azagury-Partridge, Susan Farmer, Theo Fennell, Shaun Leane, Stephen Webster and Carol Woolton.

 

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Each episode explores the incredible careers, individual styles and high-profile relationships experienced by the Leopards. As well as this, we delve into their love of natural diamonds and the magic they bring to their designs, the importance of respecting your materials, craftsmanship and their beloved partnership with The Princes Trust. 

Hosted by Bronwyn Cosgrave and Carol Woolton 

The episodes were hosted by best-selling author, broadcaster and luxury brand consultant Bronwyn Cosgrave; and author, historian, editor, stylist, contributing director of British Vogue and Leopard herself Carol Woolton. 

 

I love color so much and what is amazing about diamonds is that it's white, it’s clear yet it refracts all the colors of the rainbow, so diamonds do have that magical quality.
Solange Azagury-Partridge
I think jewelry is quite special because there’s very little that has such lasting value. It has intrinsic value, it has emotional value.
Susan Farmer
When Rocketman was being launched, he asked me to make a rocket brooch which he could wear on his lapel to celebrate, what turned out to be his Oscar.
Theo Fennell
I have a strong romantic connection with diamonds; diamonds represent such an age of this beautiful planet, such a beautiful material that the earth gives us and allows me to put into my work…
Shaun Leane
There is something about a diamond that’s for sure; if you add a diamond to a piece of jewelry it brings it to life.
Stephen Webster
Diamonds, I call them the great chameleon they reinvent themselves or they are reinvented by modern designers, for each generation so they say relevant, they stay modern, but we have this wonderful legacy to look back on where they open up the world, open up history and our understanding of the earth of human culture and civilizations through them.
Carol Woolton

Celebrating the art of jewelry

Each one of The Leopards wants to make jewelry as inspiring and coveted as other fashion accessories, and through all six of these rich and thought-provoking podcasts, they do just that. Jewelry is not only a part of our everyday lives, it enhances and elevates a look and also gives an insight into our style and personality, it can hold memories of some of our most precious moments and can be passed down as an heirloom for generations to come.

Through the podcast, the Leopards truly bring to life and capture the magic of natural diamonds and the allure of jewelry, they encourage us all to appreciate the truly stunning designs, ideas, history and craft of jewelry, evoking a passion in us all to ensure the continuation of the incredible craftsmanship of jewelry.

Our idea really was to make the British jewelry trade hum, to make it throb with energy so that young people could look at it and say this really is something that I want to get involved in, this is the future, but also that people would look at Britain and think that this is a real centre for the great art and trade of jewelry.
Theo Fennell

The Leopards

PART ONE

Solange Azagury-Partridge

 

Solange Azagury-Partridge is one of Britain’s most celebrated, self-taught female designers, known for her eclectic, witty and colorful fine jewelry. Here she is in conversation with one of her fellow Leopards, Carol Woolton, talking about the glamour and allure of jewelry. 

PART TWO

Susan Farmer

 

From the How to spend it pages at the Financial Times to the press and public relations department at De Beers, Susan Farmer has always had a passion and a place in her heart for jewelry and natural diamonds, and here she discusses this appreciation with Bronwyn Cosgrave. 

PART THREE

Theo Fennell

 

Credited as the man that injected traditional jewelry with glamour, color and celebrity, jewelry and silverware designer Theo Fennell discusses his work with Elton John as well as his passion for championing British art schools and nurturing the talent of young and upcoming craftspeople with fellow Leopard Carol Woolton.  

PART FOUR

Shaun Leane

 

With modern and fierce designs, Shaun Leane is known for consistently pushing the boundaries of fine jewelry design and fusing jewelry with fashion, particularly in his partnership with the late great Alexander McQueen. Here he talks with fellow Leopard, Carol Woolton, discussing how his career path led to his provoking designs. 

PART FIVE

Stephen Webster

 

Passionate about his craft and his fearless dedication to cutting-edge processes and the creation of daring, intricate designs, Stephen Webster is heralded for his powerful aesthetic and instantly recognisable designs. Here he talks with Bronwyn Cosgrave about his design style, his passion for music and the importance of supporting the jewelry industry and its young talent.

PART SIX

Carol Woolton

 

From being the first jewelry editor of Tatler magazine to becoming contributing jewelry director at British Vogue, Carol Woolton is in conversation with Bronwyn Cosgrave discussing her illustrious career and the inside, behind the scenes stories as an author, jewelry historian, stylist and contributing jewelry director at one of the most famous fashion publications in the world.

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