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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

DC FASHIONISTA EVENT: Alberto Parada Anniversary Celebration

Elizabeth Mandros Miller hosts two year anniversary event for award-winning eco-friendly jewelry designer, Alberto Parada.

An Evening of Shopping and Celebration with South American Flavor at Mystique Jewelers

Something brilliant and green is transforming the world of fine jewelry. Emeralds have been around for centuries…but eco-friendly jewelry is something new. Some of today’s smartest, most innovative designers are making their mark with “green” designs. Alberto Parada is at the forefront of this trend, creating one-of-a-kind eco-friendly jewelry for select clientele worldwide. Alberto’s multicultural heritage and his commitment to everyday style are the hallmarks of his eye-catching work, which blends diamonds and brilliant South American conflict-free colored gems with various tones of 100% recycled 18K gold.

On Thursday, October 15, 2009, Elizabeth Mandros Miller, Owner of Mystique Jewelers in Old Town Alexandria will host a special event to celebrate the two year anniversary of Alberto Parada's eco-friendly jewelry line. In August, Miller who has a gift for sourcing the “best of the best” joined forces with Parada, who now works exclusively from his new design studio at Mystique Jewelers, where he showcases his designs.

The event is free to the public with an RSVP as there is limited space. Beautiful South American music will fill the air, as attendees sip Malbec and Mojitos and taste delicious, authentic Argentine hors d'ouevres.


Meet Eco-friendly, Award-winning Jewelry Designer, Alberto Parada and see his unique designs


MystiqueJewelers in Old Town Alexandria

211 The Strand

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 836-1401



Thursday, October 15, 2009 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.


(703) 836-1401or mystique@mystiquejewelers.com

About Alberto Parada

Award winning designer Alberto Parada is the 2009 winner of the JCK Jewelers Choice Award for Best Necklace. Born in New York City in 1968, Alberto Parada is equally at home in the United States or in his parent's native South America, where he spent much of his youth. Today he lives in Washington DC but travels frequently to Paraguay and Uruguay. His unique cultural background has inspired a passion for bold yet delicate design, influenced by tradition yet utterly new and refreshingly distinctive. A self-taught designer, Alberto worked for 15 years with local jewelers in Washington, DC. His mission is to showcase what seems to be missing in jewelry design. Alberto describes the vision for his original line as “everyday elegance” – eye-catching jewelry that can be worn anytime and anywhere. Blending diamonds and brilliant South American colored gems with various tones of recycled Harmony 18K gold, Alberto is known for the high quality of his materials and extraordinary craftsmanship. Clients prize his one-of-kind, custom-designed heirloom pieces for their timeless yet modern style.
Alberto Parada Design

His designs are inspired by his travels throughout South America, and influenced by European and South American designers. His vision is a bold, yet elegant design that can be worn day or night for all occasions. Alberto Parada’s jewelry is handcrafted and manufactured in the United States using natural, environmentally-friendly materials of the highest quality. With a strong commitment to the earth's future, Alberto is proud of his recognition as a green designer and looks forward to bringing more attention to eco-consciousness in the jewelry industry. In October 2007, Alberto was the featured designer in the first-ever "Green Fashion Week" in Seattle, Washington. Recent attention has been focused on eco-friendly choices, but Alberto has always used conflict-free diamonds and fair trade gems as well as recycled gold.

About Mystique Jewelers

Mystique has been on the cutting edge of designer jewelry since its inception in 1991, when Elizabeth Mandros Miller opened MYSTIQUE, bringing unique fine jewelry to Old Town, Alexandria. Elizabeth has traveled around the world to hand select unique pieces for her store. She has created a collection that is different from any other jewelry store you've seen. For MYSTIQUE, Elizabeth selects the very best from highly coveted designer lines such as: Jude Frances, Lauren K, Slane & Slane, Toby Pomeroy, Zasha and Beverly K. In addition to its sophisticated fine designer jewelry, MYSTIQUE also has a Master Goldsmith on the premises to create one-of-a-kind custom designs which are heirloom quality and timeless and classic in design.