How does any designer know they’ve truly made it? Is it sales? Is it professional acclaim? Is it personal satisfaction? Well, in the case of classically-trained Australian jeweler Stefano Canturi, that ah-ha moment came when Mattel approached him to make the world’s rarest and most expensive Barbie. You read that right.
“I wanted the jewelry design to pay homage to Barbie’s modern yet timeless style.”– Stefano Canturi
Although he was making only one of them, Canturi spent a month designing his Barbie. He made sure it was all perfect – hair, makeup, fashion, shoes, and her real jewels. Barbie’s necklace includes three full carats of diamonds, including an extremely rare one-carat pink diamond (of course).
While the Barbie is a little too far for me, I am a huge fan of Canturi’s jewelry. His signature geometric diamond settings are like nothing I’ve ever seen. I can’t (responsibly) afford any of them, so I’ll have to be content to sit back and look at them.