The Grand Opening of the exquisite new Calleija Flagship Boutique was, like all Callejia creations, a breathtaking sight to behold. Sparkling hues of purplish pink illuminated the iconic white sails of Marina Mirage, as guests arrived for the event on Friday evening, the 24th February.
Dazzling floral chandeliers were suspended from the eaves, as ethereal stilt walkers in twinkling dresses served champagne to the crowd. Stunning floral displays, including a remarkable floral wall, and large signature ‘Calleija C’, set the tone for the glamourous evening. Guests were officially welcomed to the event by none other than Channel Nine’s Eva Milic, long-time friend to the Calleija family. While the new boutique remained hidden by white gossamer curtains, anticipation for the reveal continued to build.
Suddenly, a divine voice burst forth from the crowd, as one of the guests made her way to the stage. Stunned invitees held their breath in disbelief as yet more singers emerged from within the audience, to perform a surprise a cappella performance, the likes of which have never been seen. They delighted the spectators with a range of incredible songs, as the excitement steadily mounted. Soon, John Calleija himself was pulled to stage, to raucous applause, he surprised onlookers with an energised and moving performance.
Soon thereafter, his Worship the Mayor Cr Tom Tate, guest of honour, was called to the stage to regale with his own story of a personal love affair with Calleija jewels. Expectations peaked, as the moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived, and brilliance was unveiled. As the crowd counted along from 10 to 1, hearts fluttered, and finally, the curtains were withdrawn to reveal the incredible wonders within. Cr Tate graciously cut the ribbon and officially announced the Calleija Boutique, Marina Mirage, open. Guests were then invited inside, to be among the first to witness the magic of the new jewel in Calleija’s crown.
Suspended in the center of the showroom, highlighting the radiance of the masterpieces beneath it was a spectacular, architecturally-designed chandelier. ‘Virtual Eros’ the Award Winning Calleija headpiece, crafted with 44ct of scintillating White Diamonds, took center stage. Beneath it, the Calleija ‘Wishing Well’ featured some of the most highly desirable pieces, including the stunning 6.05ct White Diamond Ring, the 10.11ct White Diamond ‘Aida’ and a 36.25ct Pear Shaped Black Diamond ring.
Moving through the boutique guests were taken on a magical journey of discovery from the bespoke showrooms, through the intimate VIP viewing rooms, and finally to the artisan workshop; where they were able to witness the hive of creation and creativity at work. Along the journey, guests made their way past bejewelled Pink Diamond masterpiece ‘Flora’ and White Diamond stand-out ‘Cathedral’ which were accompanied by beautiful works of watercolour, designed to intricately reflect the exquisite detail of the pieces themselves. In pride of place, the show-stopping beauty of one of the largest and most spectacular Fancy Red Diamonds in all the world – the 1.04ct ‘Red Valentine’ valued at over $4M, was on display. A naturally heart-shaped gem, the incredible discovery from the Argyle Diamond Mine is one of very few diamonds in her class to ever be discovered.
As guests mingled, and marvelled at the new boutique, tantalising selections of fresh canapes and an oyster bar circulated. Signature Calleija Cocktails garnished with rose petals, and flutes of champagne were served from a custom made Calleija Ice Sculpture Bar, while the harmonious sounds of a live cellist floated softly through the air.
Towards the end of the evening, remaining guests were treated to music and dancing, with one lucky guest gifted a $3000 Calleija Gift Voucher for suggesting the winning name for the spectacular new 1.08ct Argyle Pink Diamond ring.
John Calleija, his beautiful family and their dedicated team were absolutely thrilled to celebrate the momentous occasion in Calleija history with all who attended the opening of the new Flagship Boutique. John and the Calleija team welcome all visitors to Marina Mirage to come and experience the luxurious new boutique and discover the magnificent world of Calleija Jewels.