Solitaire (Singapore) - - Adorn – Design Profile - san­drinede­

In the past, San­drine de Laage con­sid­ered many cities as her home – Paris, Lon­don, Hong Kong, New York, and LA. “Th­ese places taught me that learn­ing and em­brac­ing dif­fer­ent cul­tures with their rich beauty’s sym­bols is an end­less re­source of in­spi­ra­tion,” says de Laage, who now lives in Ojai, a small town out­side of Los An­ge­les. She dis­cov­ered her pas­sion for jewellery de­sign dur­ing her first job with Cartier in Hong Kong when she was 22. De­grees in in­dus­trial de­sign and business pro­pelled her ca­reer from mar­ket­ing to art di­rec­tor while still at Cartier. “My 20-plus years of ex­pe­ri­ence is a tremen­dous ad­van­tage, no ques­tion,” ad­mits de Laage, who also worked with Harry Win­ston and De Beers. In 2016, she launched her own la­bel to de­sign jewellery that hinge on sim­ple aes­thet­ics and are more ac­ces­si­ble. Her de­signs are a study on the ef­fi­ciency of min­i­mal­ism and how pow­er­ful el­e­men­tal shapes and es­sen­tial sym­bols can be, with the Ate­lier Col­lec­tion, My Col­lec­tion, and Cock­tail Col­lec­tion as ex­am­ples.

San­drine’s Boyfriend ring – an in­ter­lace of a pavé and over­sized band – is one of her most pop­u­lar pieces, which is a new take on a clas­sic piece. “The sim­pler the de­sign, the more at­ten­tion it re­quires dur­ing the pro­duc­tion,” she adds. The de­signer also part­ners with non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, where each piece of jewellery sold al­lows her to give back to women in need. “I be­lieve that we have the power to make a dif­fer­ence as an in­di­vid­ual and at a cor­po­rate level.”

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