Characteristic jewelry and exceptional craftsmanship have made Carrera y Carrera a benchmark in the world of fine jewelry, renowned as one of the 30 most prestigious jewelry firms in the world. The brand has become an icon of luxury due to its unique style, imaginative designs, and magnificent jewelry pieces where gold and precious gems come to life.
Carrera y Carrera came to life at the hands of a jeweler and artist, a visionary and master of goldsmithing techniques. Manuel Carerra has been at the forefront of Spanish jewelry design since the second half of the 20th Century. Carrera y Carrera has an internal design team of 6 young, dynamic, inventive people who are passionate about the world of art and design. The team understands the Carrera y Carrera core values and continues to create collections that preserve the brand’s style while reenergizing it with new ideas.
While they say that good shoes take you to good places, every piece of jewelry can tell a person’s story. In over a century, Carrera y Carrera kept the ball rolling in their jewelry tradition and has given every woman a chance to share their unique story.
With its headquarters in San Agustin del Guadalix, Madrid, the leading jewelry firm kept uninterrupted in creating a global presence, particularly with its unique and inventive designs. Before becoming a luxury icon in the world of jewelry, Carrera y Carrera dates back from its humble beginning.
It originated in Barrio de las Letras when Saturio Esteban Carrera established a small and simple workshop in 1885. The small business he started eventually led to a phenomenal success not just in Spain, but also globally. When his son, Jose Esteban Carrera, finally took over the jewelry business, he continued the tradition by opening up a workshop in Santa Isabel Street. As he has no sons at all, he passed on the legacy to his four nephews. This is the time when their jewelry business finally created a certain style that includes the engraving and cutting of gems.
The first ever remarkable moment of Carrera y Carrera was on 1960 when they were commissioned to do the wedding tiara of the Spanish aristocrat Fabiola of Mora y Aragon on her wedding with the King Baudouin I of Belgium. The said tiara was accessorized with stones and made in the Carrera artisan workshop.
From then on, Manuel Carrera, Saturio Esteban Carrera’s grandson, made his way into the jewelry business as well by opening his own workshop in the Madrid of the Austrians. Right from the start, Manuel has the goal of making Carrera y Carrera internationally-claimed when it comes to jewelry making. In May 1968, Manuel decided to exhibit his work. Little did Manuel know that this international trip will be a historic time for the neighbor country, France.
To strengthen their presence, Carrera y Carrera also went to different trade fairs such as Iberjoya. But to be visible across the globe, they exhibited in the third edition of Baselworld. Unlike Iberjoya, Baselworld is an international watch and jewelry industry show that is usually held in Messe Basel at Basel, Switzerland. The show has drawn over 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries today. Until now, they kept the promise of attending the annual trade show.
As time goes on, they knew that a unique quality must ascend to reach their goals. That is the time when a different style was formed wherein pieces of jewelry were integrated with figurative components of animal and human themes focused on the feminine side. This style can be seen in the Bonadea collection which is also known as Las Manos.
In 1979, the jewelry business reached the United States. Another achievement was unlocked when their jewelry was distributed in New York through the Cellini boutique which continues to happen up to this day. And just a few years after, they were able to present a gift they called El Rodeo to that time’s President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.
The continuous success led to the opening of the first Carrera y Carrera boutique on Serrano Street in Madrid. Later on, the Spanish royal family also noticed their works. Even her majesty Queen Sofia became a fan of the brand. She went beyond by becoming a godmother of a specific piece called as “El Arca del Descrubimiento del Quinto Centenario (The Ark of Discovery of the Fifth Centennial).
After moving to their new office in 1992 at San Agustin de Guadalix (which is their office presently), they decided to expand the scope of their business. They opened a market in Russia and it eventually captured the hearts of many.
With the birth of the new millennium, Carrera y Carrera offered a different approach in the face of their mythical collection, Jardin de Rosas. A sculpture piece, “El sueño de Icaro”, was also exhibited in the Armory Museum in the Kremlin. Celebrities like Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Hyland, Madonna, Teyonah Parris, Bellamy Young, Nieves Alvarez, Taylor Swift, and Christina Hendricks loved the Bestiario collection.
A decade doesn’t past without another move from the jewelry firm. Carrera y Carrera joined the Universal Expo of Shanghai to bring in their market. Just last 2013, founder Manuel Carrera showed his private collection. The said collection was energized by the successful collections Eden and Bonadea.
Truly, Carrera y Carrera has come a long way. Their jewelry doesn’t become end products alone but also get a deeper meaning on the bearer. It’s no longer an accessory but accentuates the best in every woman around the globe.
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