In 2009 Mattel invited internationally known jewelry designer Stefano Canturi to work with Barbie to create her most precious and valuable look. The goal for both was to raise money for Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Naturally, pink and Argyle, had to be the winning themes.
Canturi was given complete freedom to stylize Barbie from head to toe. From the hair, the make-up, the wardrobe, her diamond Cubism ring and even her pose. But of course, the highlight of his Barbie masterpiece is a diamond collar necklace that he designed especially for the timeless fashion icon.
It took Canturi 6 months to create a very original Barbie and he loved every minute of it. He thought of every detail. “Barbie is iconic, so I didn’t 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.. She didn’t complain a bit, even when I had to poke her a few times with a sharp object.”
The diamond Cubism necklace- the geometric lines of baguette cut diamonds arranged around a 1.00ct Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond- makes Barbie the World’s most expensive Barbie. The doll went up for auction at Christie’s New York and was sold in 2010 for $302,500 and as promised, benefited The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The Barbie made by Stefano Canturi is considered the most valuable not only because of her auction price, nor of the pink diamond that she wears. Her value is considered most significant for the cause she stands for.