The following article appears courtesy of Israeli Diamond Industry Portal Blog
Author: Roe Kalb
Barbie dolls first took the world by storm in 1959, courtesy of Mattel, Inc. and quickly become a household name.
Having been around for decades, Barbie – named after creator Ruth Handler’s daughter, Barbara – has made sure to keep up with the times, becoming the doll world top trend-setter.
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For those who prefer the nostalgia factor to the bling factor, this expensive Barbie is the very first one ever made. Barbie No. 1 features a ponytail and zebra-striped bathing suit. This vintage Barbie doll is truly a historic artifact.
Barbie turned 40 with style. Diamond giant De Beers could not let the momentous occasion simply go by, and created a unique dress covered in 160 diamonds, and 18k white gold jewelry for Barbie to wear on her special day.
This doll, introduced in Mexico City, was not created for sale, but rather for promotional purposes ahead of the “Barbie and the Diamond Castle” movie. It features a total of 318 diamonds, weighing in at 20.66 carats. Forty-four of the gems decorate her dress while the rest adorn her white gold accessories.
Canturi Barbie – $540,780
To celebrate the new Barbie Basics Collection, a line of urban socialite dolls, each with a different hairstyle and skintone and wearing her own unique Little Black Dress, Mattel contracted created renowned jewelry designer Stefan Canturi to created a stunning ensemble.
Canturi Barbie’s necklace features 3-carats of white polished diamonds, arranged in a Cubist style and surrounding a rare pink diamond from Australia’s Argyle mine. The centerpiece is a 1-carat emerald. Barbie also wears a ring adorned with another diamond on her right hand.