May 3, 2010

'Barbie® by Stefano Canturi'

To coincide with the launch of the Barbie® Basics Collection in Australia, Mattel has engaged internationally celebrated jewelry designer Stefano Canturi to create a world first, the rarest and most expensive Barbie ever made!

Valued at over $AUD600,000 and featuring a rare Australian pink diamond, Stefano has created the ultimate accessories for Barbie in his signature Cubism style. Barbie is decorated with a stunning Canturi neckpiece made up of 3.00 carats of white diamonds surrounding a collectable 1.00ct square emerald (cut) pink diamond. A diamond Cubism ring sparkling on her right hand completes the jewelry set.

The pink diamond was especially hand-picked for & inspired by Barbie and is a registered tendered stone from the Australian Argyle mine. The 1.00ct square emerald (cut) diamond, notable for its distinctive purplish pink hue, is a rare and unique collector’s item, and it is substantially more valuable than its white diamond equivalent. A style icon such as Barbie commands a rare, unique pink diamond such as this one.

Having personally created history making jewels for Academy Award winning films and many of the worlds most influential women, its only natural that Canturi should apply his meticulous attention to detail to creating a piece that marries Barbie’s confidence and feminine style, and his timeless Cubism jewelry.

Stefano states… "Barbie is iconic and so I didn't just want to cover her with diamonds, I wanted the jewelry design to pay homage to her modern yet timeless style, this is why I applied my Cubism design concept to her look; it is perfect for her.”

“With the launch of the Barbie Basics collection here in Australia we wanted to give the launch a unique Australian perspective, so we engaged Stefano Canturi to design the ultimate accessories for Barbie, an Australian pink diamond jewelry suite. Stefano’s signature style fits perfectly with the Barbie brand… modern, yet timeless…" Kate Carroll, Brand Manager — Barbie, Mattel Australia.

Barbie by Canturi will be unveiled at the Barbie Basics Collection launch on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 4pm at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

Barbie is traveling around the world! To learn more about her tour dates visit facebook.com/canturijewels or www.canturi.com

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