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Encrusted with 220 carats of diamonds, the Gold & Diamond Chandelier has been created by London-based jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge. It is made from delicate links suspended in arcs to form a pear shape that ends in a sharp point, reminiscent of the central medallions of ancient Persian rugs. The Chandelier is 18 caret white gold that has been blackened to create a smoky effect.

Whilst Solange Azagury-Partridge has had no formal training, this exquisite design be the self-confessed “diamond lover” will be the centerpiece of Sebastian + Barquet‘s exhibit at Design Miami.

Simon Turner

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More information: Check out the featured sites: Solange Azagury-Partridge; Sebastian + Barquet; Design Miami.

In a world that can be brutal, harsh and tough going it is worth taking time to consider what we have enjoyed and what it means to us.

I thought it was an important time to consider what “Luxury” means to us all. It’s a chance to reflect over Thanksgiving and put into words what we can too often take for granted. The “Luxury is” is an amazing combination of two words – it is amazing because it causes us all to feel something, to imagine.

So what is Luxury to you? In 50 words or less write what “Luxury is” to you. We will publish as many responses as possible. Happy Thanksgiving!

Michael Marquette: Luxury is more than I can touch, it’s intangible. Luxury is an emotion, felt when I dare to dream of something that I value, that I have desired. It drives me forward, forces me to act, allows me to feel special, successful, spoiled, lucky – fortunate in every way.

Christine Watson: Luxury is the feeling of soft silk on your skin, wearing diamonds and pearls, rose petals scattered everywhere, being pampered and spoiled. Luxury is first class air travel, a personal valet, and Jimmy Choo shoes. Luxury is not having the need for anything, only the want.

Simon Turner: The ability to say sorry. The capacity to say I’m wrong. Knowledge: the desire to increase it and the timeliness of drawing upon it. Peace & Quiet. Happiness, Healthiness and Hope. Intangible.

Alex Lee: Luxury is excellence achieved.

Amy Cooper: Luxury to me involves good friends, wine and seafood in an ambient waterfront location! It also involves hot men, but let’s not go there!

Jayke Menese: Luxury is a home in Montreaux with a view of Lake Geneva. Can’t get better than that. The best setting and views in the world…”

Kevin Hussein Nguyen: Luxury is getting a full night’s rest, uninterrupted by nothing but sweet dreams.”

Thank you to everyone for sharing!

In what can be described as an amazing coup for Australian real estate I am proud to announce that Marquette Turner Luxury Homes has been named the Best Luxury Real Estate Agency in the world (Less than 2 years old).

Awarded by The Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate at a ceremony held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia on Monday October 13, our company became the first non-American firm to win the award.

Both Simon Turner and I were there to accept the trophy in front of the best real estate Brokers in the world. It was extremely humbling, exciting and very satisfying to receive the award which makes the hard work which we have all put in very worthwhile. The “Rookie Award” is awarded to the Luxury agency judged as the best in the world which has operated for a period of two years or less.

At a time when vendors are in desperate need of the very best advice it is great to be recognized as the very best at what we do. We have always believed in being realistic, telling our clients the truth about pricing, protecting their privacy and marketing their homes with the latest technology and strategies in mind.

I would personally like to thank the Governing Board of the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate for recognizing our commitment and achievements. I would also like to thank Simon Turner and Christine Watson for their total dedication in making this award possible and our clients, friends and families for their constant trust and support.

Michael Marquette

MORE INFORMATION:  Press release



13th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference in Philadelphia, PA, USA, Oct. 11-14, 2008

Read more about the AwardsMarquette Turner Luxury Homes will be there, we’re up for an award and we’re excited!

Michael Marquette & Simon Turner

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