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Barbie by Stefano Canturi: The World’s Rarest Barbie

NEW YORK, Sep 7, 2010 / — Canturi Jewels, proudly unveils the world’s rarest Barbie, ‘Barbie by Stefano Canturi’, at Fashion’s Night Out at Canturi New York: 42 East 66th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday, September 10th.

For over 24 years, Stefano Canturi has designed and brought to life exceptionally unique artisan jewelry that’s both modern and iconic. His distinct and everlasting style is epitomized through his revolutionary ‘Cubism’ collection of diamond jewelry which has conjured an international following by jewelry connoisseurs who seek the distinctive, the creative and the exclusive.

Following a successful collaboration in Australia for Barbie’s 50th Anniversary in 2009, Mattel invited Stefano to create a historical, one of a kind Barbie, deemed The World’s Rarest Barbie.

With a new challenge to add to his artistic repertoire, Stefano spent four weeks time designing Barbie from head to toe; her frame, her hair style, makeup, dress, shoes, nail polish and of course her exquisite jewels.

‘Barbie by Stefano Canturi’ wears a signature Canturi necklace, exemplifying Stefano’s ‘Cubism’ style of lace worked carre and baguette cut diamonds. Three carats of white diamonds drape around her neck, centered by an extremely rare and brilliantly colored 1 carat square, emerald cut pink diamond; a registered tendered stone from the Australian Argyle mine.

Barbie also wears an iconic Canturi diamond ring on her right hand. Stefano envisioned a very feminine yet confident look that both flatters and empowers. “I wanted the jewelry design to pay homage to Barbie’s modern yet timeless style, this is why I applied my Cubism design concept to her look; it is perfect for her”.

Beyond creating a beautiful and historic doll, Stefano wanted this project to have a meaningful contribution to the women who inspire him and for whom he designs. As such, ‘Barbie by Stefano Canturi’ will be auctioned at Christie’s prestigious “Magnificent Jewels” sale in New York on October 20th, with 100% of the profits donated by Stefano Canturi to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

“Hoards of Barbie collectors will be viewing this extra-ordinary necklace and ring on Fashion Night Out. We are honored and thrilled that Stefano Canturi chose The Breast Cancer Research Foundation as the beneficiary of this special Barbie,” said Evelyn H. Lauder, Chairman and Founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. “It is a perfect match as BCRF supports special research.”

‘Barbie by Stefano Canturi’ will tour London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Las Vegas for one month before returning to New York one week prior to her sale at Christie’s for press and a public viewing.