Alex Soldier was born on a threshold of two continents, Europe and Asia, in the Ural Mountains region, city of Perm. Even as a child, he displayed a talent for sculpture, woodcraft, and painting miniatures. But before pursuing art as a career, he earned a master’s degree in computer engineering.
In 1981 Alex Soldier made a drastic change in his profession: in less than a year he was promoted from an intern to a chief designer of the largest jewelry plant in the Urals region. His unconventional approach to the jewelry-making process has taken the plant to a new level of recognition by winning numerous awards at trade shows across Eastern Europe.
When he arrived in the United States in 1990, Soldier began to work independently, developing new methods of designing and producing contemporary jewelry in 18k gold and platinum with precious gemstones.
His innovative approach and artistic aspirations led to a development of an extensive line of conceptual jewels, earning awards and professional recognition. In 1998 Alex Soldier won a Platinum Passion Award from Platinum Guild International and in 2002 a Spectrum honor from American Gem Trade Association.
Alex Soldier’s profound understanding of precious metals, in concurrence with an extraordinary gift for improvisation, gave birth to an entirely different and drastically novel line of one-of-a-kind miniatures. Imbued with a timeless quality, mesmerizing in the intricacy, and daring in mastery, Soldier’s objects are sought after by private collectors worldwide.
Many of Soldier’s pieces are also given as prizes to distinguished artists. The Princess Grace Award, for example, is a prize awarded annually to an iconic celebrity for his/her philanthropic endeavors in supporting the arts. The past winners included James Cameron, Queen Latifah, Robert Redford, Dick Van Dyke, Cicely Tyson, Julie Andrews, Denzel Washington, Mandy Patinkin, and Lynn Wyatt. For the Awards, Soldier designed a stunning work of art incorporating symbols representing all three disciplines that were close to Princess Grace’s heart and lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film. It is composed of connected symbols denoting these three art forms.
For Alex Soldier, each piece he creates is a new life waiting to tell its story. More than just metal and stones, Soldier’s jewelry is as meaningful as his miniatures, incorporating layers of details that offer its wearer many visual surprises. “Every time I create something I strive to find a new composition or finish of metal, unusual forms, or unique stone settings to create a piece that is beautiful and distinctive, that can be appreciated as a finished work of art. I want my jewelry to be recognized as the original works of a designer like no other, as well as for their own individuality.”
Soldier’s jewelry and objets d’art are sold by upscale jewelers and galleries that attract customers looking for the atypical. “Individuality is the most important feature to my clients,” he describes. “They are not looking for jewelry only for fashion’s sake; but for the soul, that which stays with them forever, like a favorite work of art.” Alex Soldier jewelry collections are available at Alex Soldier Gallery located in Times Square, New York City, as well as at select Neiman Marcus stores and fine boutiques.
Alex Soldier and Queen Latifah (wearing Alex Soldier White Swan earrings) attend Princess Grace Awards.