A self-taught designer, Alberto Parada draws inspiration from the simplistic natural beauty and bounty of his native South America. His work speaks of a quiet boldness in the delicate composition of architectural form, space and color. These elements successfully combine to create a statement piece that can be as bold or as subtle as the owner's own style reveals.
Born in New York City, award winning designer Alberto Parada is equally at home in the United States as in his parent's native South America, where he spent much of his youth. Today he lives in Washington, D.C. but travels frequently to Paraguay and Uruguay. His unique cultural background radiates through his bold colors and sculptural design, influenced by tradition yet new and refreshingly distinct.
Alberto Parada has been a leader in the sustainable fine jewelry movement. Alberto's designs blend diamonds and brilliant South American colored fair-trade gems with various tones of 18k reclaimed gold. The allure of his design is in the synthesis of simplistic form and space that is both calm and captivating.
Alberto's responsible approach to design makes his story so relevant to today's most discerning buyers. Alberto uses only conflict-free diamonds, fair-trade gems, and reclaimed gold in his jewelry, which is manufactured in the United States. He is a member of the 'No Dirty Gold' campaign. Alberto launched his line at the first Seattle Green Fashion week in 2007 and since has participated in several sustainable-fashion and eco-luxury events.
In 2009 Alberto won the JCK Jewelers Choice Award for 'Best Necklace Design'. He was a finalist for the 2010 NICHE design award, and nominated by the Fashion Group International of Greater Washington, D.C. as a 2010 Eco-Chic Rising Star.