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Paradiso: a little piece of sparkly paradise

Amanda Whitley

A couple of weeks ago, we introduced you to Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier (and my not-so-secret desire to score one of their sparkly rings for my upcoming tenth wedding anniversary. Ahem.) And it seemed that one piece in particular was top of your ‘lust list’… “Paradiso”, –  a unique and truly stunning piece that can be worn as a ring, pendant and brooch. You wanted to know more…and we aim to please!

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Paradiso- official image.jpg

A handcrafted creation inspired by the power and beauty of the peacock feather, Paradiso features an incredibly rare Argyle Blue Heart shaped “Tender” Diamond resting within a nest of featherlike pink and white diamonds, all set in 18 carat premium white and rose gold.

Mondial’s Creative Director,  award-winning jewellery designer Nadia Neuman, was inspired to create Paradiso upon receiving the Argyle Blue Heart shape. The 0.25ct blue diamond from the Argyle Pink Diamond Tender in 2012 (Lot 62), is considered the rarest of rare. According to the Argyle Mine, a year’s supply of blue to violet diamonds would only fill a teaspoon.

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“The Heart is a universal shape representing love whereas the blue (rather than pink) colour of the diamond provides a stunning juxtaposition to the conventional. In my opinion the diamond represented the immortal nature of love and from there the story and design of Paradiso evolved,”says Nadia.

Nadia is the daughter of Fred and Maria Neuman, Founders of Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier. Growing up with both parents in the jewellery trade, Nadia fell in love with rare and exotic gems and Fancy coloured diamonds. It was this passion that was behind the creation of Paradiso.

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Paradiso- Pendant- Final.jpg

“The Peacock feather is a symbol of immortality, with the bird known to eat poisonous plants with no ill effects. Drawing upon this and the idea of everlasting love and devotion, the name Paradiso is inspired by the mythology of ‘Paradise’ which often features exotic plants and birds from the Garden of Eden to Xanadu and beyond.”

51188-MEJ-MREC_FA-for-GIFParadiso isn’t the first feather in Nadia’s cap, so to speak. After completing a design course at the Gemological Jewelers Association, she took her first steps into the jewellery world by starting her own jewellery wholesaling business. Here she designed unique pieces, using exotic gemstones from all over the world and sold them to select high-end jewellers around Australia. In 2005, she joined Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier, to take on the role of head jewellery designer.

In 2008, her ‘Truth Love Desire’ necklace, exploring the intangible subject of human emotion, won the Diamond Design Award at the Australian Jewellery Awards held by the Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA). In 2009, Nadia won the Fancy Fancy Award at the Harper’s BAZAAR Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery Awards for her ‘Four Seasons Cuff’. Later the same year Nadia opened the doors to Mondial by Nadia Neuman in Sydney’s Strand Arcade.

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Nadia Neuman

Most recently, Nadia won the Master Jewellery Award in Rio Tinto’s Global Design Competition with her breathtaking ‘Tyger, Tyger’ ladies’ fan. As winner of the Sustainability category the ‘Tyger, Tyger’ ladies fan earned a place at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Paradiso – and Nadia’s other designs – are more than ‘just’ jewellery. They are unique pieces of art which carry fascinating stories with them. If you’d like to know more, visit the Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier website, or when you’re next in Sydney, take the time to see Nadia’s work in all its glory at Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier in The Queen Victoria Building, or at Mondial by Nadia Neuman in the Strand Arcade, Sydney. 

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What: Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier
Where: Shop G-17, Ground Floor, The Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney
Contact: 9267 7974
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mondialpinkdiamond

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author