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In 2015, Carrera y Carrera celebrates its 130th anniversary. 130 years during which the firm has remained true to its signature style with a timeless feeling of exquisite beauty.Carrera y Carrera was founded in 1885 by Saturio Esteban Carrera. The incessant creativity apparent in his designs, his extraordinary history of innovation, and his artistic, daring spirit have made the brand a legend.Carrera y Carrera is to be part of a passionate creative process. To participate in an artistic experience where each piece is the reflection of thorough, careful gold craftsmanship. To share the expertise and sensibility of one of the best artisan workshops in the world through jewels with authentic essence.The firm currently has more than 300 points of sale in over 40 countries. Carrera y Carrera is recognized as one of the 30 most prestigious jewelry brands in the world. The brand headquarters are located in Madrid, as well as the workshop – considered one of the best in the world – where more than 35 jewelers work.
1885: The origins of Carrera y Carrera
Saturio Esteban Carrera
Sitting in a state of concentration, 5 people waited expectantly. It was the first delivery to the palace and everything had to be perfect.Four years ago he had arrived in Madrid from his native Guadalajara. His parents had sold almost all their lands so Saturio could fulfill his dream. It was 1885, and the 20-year-old knew with certainty that he wanted to be a jeweler.His small workshop in the famous Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) in Madrid was a meeting place for all the artists of the time. Following a period of cultural splendor, Madrid now was experiencing a decadent and chaotic scene. Saturio’s main objective was to show beauty through his creations.Thus was born a new way of understanding and making jewelry art, using new techniques in the treatment of gold. Elaborate and painstaking work in miniature and sculpture can be appreciated in his works.The name Saturio was heard more and more among the nobility and the rapidly-proliferating bourgeoisie. Owning a jewel from Carrera became a symbol of social status.The creation of a jewel was not only a source of inspiration, but also contained an entire history and know-how, his technological, gemological, and above all, artistic knowledge. Turning his creations into small works of art.
1905: Perfecting the technique
A month before the due date for his order, the metal was melting while Pedro thought about how proud his father would be if he could see the final result.A blacksmith by trade, Pedro had acquired all of his experience and know-how from his predecessor. A family legacy of which he was very proud. Madrid infrastructure was growing and Pedro’s skill was required for every new project. “The finishes are of utmost importance,” he always said.It was around 1905 when he received an unexpected visit in his Lavapiés workshop. Saturio Esteban, the best-known jeweler in all Madrid, had heard of his work, and would not leave until Pedro agreed to work with him in his jewelry workshop. For 26-year-old Pedro, Saturio’s proposal presented a great challenge. Never before had he worked with jewelry and it seemed an exciting prospect.Thus he began working in Saturio’s workshop as a jeweler. Artisanal work where he manipulated the raw material in a laborious process that required special dedication and skill.Pedro bestowed upon each jewel all his experience, combining talent, originality, and passion. He transformed each jewel into a unique piece endowed with its own spirit and soul.The master goldsmith from Saturio’s small business told stories and created new concepts through his innovative creations for the time.
1930: The feminine touch
Rebecca de Vega
Rebecca had always dreamed of attending the National School of Fine Arts in Paris. Following the end of World War I, her parents sent her to Italy with a relative who could support her. She soon became an apprentice in the workshop of Libero Andreotti. She had always been a passionate girl capable of fulfilling any dream and nothing would prevent her from becoming a sculptor.It was the Roaring Twenties when she returned to her native Paris. A bohemian Paris, full of art and beauty, that was unfamiliar to her. A magical time of cultural splendor, when going to the Moulin Rouge and dancing the Charleston was part of any artist’s life.The Montparnasse area, home to the great intellectuals of the period, was the enclave where the “crème de la crème” of French artists known as the “School of Paris” would meet. José Esteban Carrera, Saturio’s son, had moved to the French capital to perfect his goldsmith techniques. The strength and creativity of Rebecca’s work immediately captured his attention, and he did not hesitate to offer her a job in his Madrid workshop.Hurt by her recent breakup with a close friend of Hemingway she had met at Café de Flore, Rebecca saw José’s offer as a way to escape and alleviate her pain. In 1930, at almost 30 years old, she made a decision that would change the course of her life.That whole explosion of feelings was reflected in each one of the jewels crafted in the small and simple workshop that José Esteban had opened on Santa Isabel Street in Madrid. A workshop that each day was acquiring more fame thanks to Rebecca’s feminine and revolutionary style evident in each and every one of her designs.
1957: The first major Royal Commission
His mother had gone to look for him, and he felt very embarrassed. He had been told not to gamble, but Santiago – better known as “Santi” – knew it was the only way to get extra money badly needed at home.His parents had migrated from the country to the capital just as the war started, and they settled in the Tetuán district. He spent hours on Bravo Murillo Street playing chess. It required great skill, concentration, and thoroughness – qualities that characterized Santi to perfection.Santi spent hours in front of the Carrera workshop admiring how the master goldsmiths worked, until one day he dared to go in and ask for work as an apprentice. It was around 1957, and at his 22 years of age it was a dream to begin working in the most prestigious workshop in Spain.Thanks to the great effort of the Carrera family, in 1960 the workshop received one of its most important commissions: to create the bridal tiara that would be worn by the Spanish aristocrat Fabiola de Mora y Aragón at her wedding to King Baudouin I of Belgium. This commission was a challenge for Santi, who felt proud of being part of the creation of this work of art. Each stone in the tiara was set with great care and astonishing meticulousness.Nobody could have imagined that Saturio Esteban’s small jewelry business would become one of the world’s leading fine jewelry companies.
1977: Fourth generation of jewelers
The tradition continues in the Seventies with the fourth generation of Carreras: Manuel and his cousin, Juan José.Manuel Carrera has been the primary proponent of Spanish jewelry of the latter half of the 20th century, emerging as the most valued designer and entrepreneur of the sector.He revolutionized Spanish jewelry creating a new, ground-breaking style, a completely innovative approach to the creation of jewels that has triumphed the world over.The jewelry created by Manuel Carrera has always been linked to the concept of art. Today, at over 70 years old, Manuel continues working with the firm.In the early Eighties, Carrera y Carrera focused on international expansion. During this period, the firm’s pieces began to be recognized internationally as authentic works of art, and the top museums in the world recognized the high artistic value of the company’s sculptures, exhibiting them in their main rooms. Company pieces have been exhibited at museums such as the Yamanashi Museum in Japan, the White House Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Hadley Museum in Kentucky.It is worth noting that the Icarus sculpture belonging to the firm’s Private Collection was exhibited in the most important jewelry museum in the world: the Kremlin Armory Museum.
Carrera y Carrera designs and creates its collection remaining true to its signature style thanks to an internal team of six designers. Their primary source of inspiration resides in nature and is present in each one of the pieces created by the firm.
The main characteristics of the creative style Carrera y Carrera has maintained over the years:
.- A passion for detail through mini sculpture.
.- The excellent matte-gloss finish visible on many of the firm’s jewels through which the pieces are given extraordinary volume.
.- A Spanish link as source of inspiration for many of its collections.
Today, Carrera y Carrera is considered one of the 30 most prestigious jewelry brands in the world. Present in over 40 countries, it exports 80% of its production.
Since 2010, the company has had subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, Russia, and China to ensure complete control over the distribution and points of sale in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London, Munich, Moscow, New York, Kiev, Saint Petersburg, Dubai, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, and Tokyo.
Carrera y Carrera is based on expertise of incalculable value: the know-how of the more than 35 jewelers that work in its Madrid workshop, one of the most prestigious in the world. It is in this place that each piece of jewelry is crafted entirely by hand, the method other brands reserve just for Fine Jewelry.
In an international landscape of great French, American, and Italian jewelers, the Spanish fine jewelry firm differentiates itself through its expertise in gold. While other jewelers focus their work on the stones, at Carrera y Carrera gold is the absolute star. The brand’s goldsmiths demonstrate their expertise in each one of the jewels that is crafted in the company’s workshop. Meticulous work in mini-sculpture accompanied by the characteristic Carrera y Carrera matte-gloss finish transform each piece into a small work of art.
The seductive creations from Carrera y Carrera are aimed at a woman with character, passion, strength. A modern woman who appreciates the versatility and creativity of jewels that exude personality and luxury. Each year the firm presents a new collection in line with current trends, always adapting them to its distinctive and recognizable style.
Various creations from Carrera y Carrera have become genuine icons recognizable internationally:
Shanghai Pendant, Círculos de Fuego Collection
Unique works of art represented by the dragon, symbol of power and strength. The details of this animal full of character are reflected in each one of the pieces thanks to the firm’s gold craftsmanship.
Tiger ring, Bestiario Collection
The animal kingdom emerges with all its strength and is reinterpreted, giving life to jewels that exude character and boundless creativity.
Río Necklace, Peacock Collection
Jewels full of color and sophistication that suggest the peculiar movement of peacock feathers.
Aqua Ring, Aqua Collection
Synonymous with life, a tribute to the rivers and springs that run through every corner of Spain. The meticulous work in mini-sculpture, the asymmetry, and the sinuous shapes have made this collection a company icon.
Orquídeas Necklace, colección Seda Imperial Collection
The Manila shawl, originally from China, is a completely handmade, hand-embroidered garment in natural silk, crafted with skill and dexterity. Just like the Carrera y Carrera jewelry, which takes the most distinctive features of this garment to transform into jewels.
Zen Ring, Bambú Collection
Movement and interesting textures in each piece, drawing inspiration from bamboo which is considered to bring good luck in the Far East. The collection has become a modern icon for the firm.
Gardenias Ring, Gardenias Collection
Words that contain music, sensuality, and memory. Images of a Cuba of dreams that brought the myth of the island to Spain. One of the iconic collections from Carrera y Carrera thanks to its sophisticated look brimming with glamour.
Carrera y Carrera enjoys the support of internationally-renowned stars on the most important red carpets in the world. The firm’s jewels have been visible at the Oscars, the Grammys, and the MET Gala throughout the years. Madonna, Taylor Swift, Jennifer López, Jessica Lange, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Lady GaGa, Renata Litvinova, Kate Beckinsale, Demi Moore, Olivia Palermo, Paris Hilton, and Sofía Vergara are a few of the celebrities that have fallen in love with the Spanish jewelry brand’s designs and have elected to wear these jewels on numerous occasions.
Article by Neo and Yus, source by Carrera y Carrera
2015年是卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉（Carrera y Carrera）诞生的第130周年。这130年来，品牌始终秉持精湛工艺，传达永恒之美，创造了独一无二的经典风格。自1885年萨图里奥·埃斯特万·卡瑞拉（Saturio Esteban Carrera）创立首间珠宝工作坊起，卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉就以不懈的创造力、非凡的革新历程以及无畏的艺术精神成就了不朽篇章。目前公司业务遍布40多个国家，共设300多个销售点。卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉已成为全球公认的最负盛名的30家珠宝品牌之一。公司总部及工作坊皆位于马德里，拥有超过35位珠宝工匠。100多年前的某天，对于大多数人来说，不过是稀松平常的一天，而对于5个意气风发的年轻人来说却是意义非凡的日子：这是他们第一次为皇室定制珠宝，他们决心一定要做出最完美的作品……
萨图里奥·埃斯特万·卡瑞拉（Saturio Esteban Carrera）的故事
时光追溯至1885年，年仅20岁的萨图里奥离开家乡瓜达拉哈拉（Guadalajara）前往马德里，只为追寻心中的梦想——成为一名出色的珠宝工匠。父母为了支持萨图里奥追随梦想，几乎变卖了所有的地产。连萨图里奥自己都未曾料想到，其后他将铸就如此辉煌的成就，而1885年，这个充满意义的年份，也成为了品牌传奇的首座里程碑。当时，他将工作室设于马德里的拉斯列特拉斯（Barrio de las Letras）区（文学区），那里正是艺术家们的聚集地。而在经历过鼎盛时期之后，马德里的艺术文化开始步入颓废而混乱的景象。萨图里奥却从未放弃对于内心信仰的坚持，力图通过自己的作品再次创造美学风格的巅峰。于是，萨图里奥尝试采用创新科技处理黄金，形成了对珠宝艺术及其制作的独到理解。其作品中的微雕工艺亦以奢华繁丽著称。经过不断努力，萨图里奥的名字逐渐被贵族名流们所熟知和欣赏。在当时，能够拥有一件卡瑞拉珠宝工作坊制作的珠宝，成为了尊贵社会地位的象征。打造一件精美的珠宝不仅需要灵感的迸发，更需要底蕴深厚的历史传统和专业技艺，手工艺技术、宝石学还有艺术修养等也同样至关重要，正如同萨图里奥始终提倡的理念：珠宝制作的过程就相当于打造一件小型艺术品，而这也成为之后卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉130年发展历史中传承至今的品牌精髓。
丽贝卡•德•维加（Rebecca de Vega）的故事
丽贝卡曾经的梦想是能够考上巴黎国立美术学院。可惜随着第一次世界大战的爆发，她的父母将她送到意大利的一个亲戚家中，资助在那里她完成了学业。不久后，她成为了利贝罗•安德烈奥蒂（Libero Andreotti）工作坊中的一名学徒。可作为一个为了梦想而激情澎湃的女孩，她从未让任何事阻挡她实现自己的梦想——成为一名雕刻家。于是，她在动荡的二十年代回到了家乡巴黎。当时的巴黎正欲突破传统的羁绊，艺术遍地开花，俨然一场美学盛宴，那是一个文化蓬勃发展的传奇年代，一个艺术家欢聚红磨坊大跳查尔斯顿舞的神奇年代。当时高级知识分子的聚集地——蒙帕纳斯区——是以“巴黎学派”（“crème de la crème”）著称于世的法国最优秀的艺术家的根据地，但这一切，却使丽贝卡觉得有一些陌生与彷徨。此时，萨图里奥的儿子何塞·埃斯特班·卡瑞拉（José Esteban Carrera）也已搬到了巴黎，以期在这个艺术之都进一步提升自己的金匠工艺。而丽贝卡的专业艺术特长和创新能力立刻吸引了他的目光。他毫不迟疑地邀请她来马德里的工作坊工作。收到邀约时，丽贝卡正因为与海明威的一个亲密朋友分手而伤心不已，她毅然接受邀约，以期开启全新的生活——1930年，即将迎来30岁生日的丽贝卡就这样做出了一个改变自己人生轨迹的决定。在何塞·埃斯特班位于圣·伊莎贝尔的珠宝工坊中，丽贝卡将自己丰沛的情感倾注于每一件珠宝作品之中。无以伦比的女性气质和革新风格也为工作坊赢得了更多赞誉。
圣地亚哥·塞恩斯（Santiago Sainz）的 故事
圣地亚哥来自一个贫困的家庭，他的母亲曾亲自前去赌场寻找他，让他觉得非常难堪。他被告知不应再去赌博了，但圣地亚哥——更多被大家称做“桑蒂”——知道这已是当下赚快钱来弥补家用的唯一途径了。在战争开始初期，他的父母从乡下迁移到首都，在得土安区（Tetuán）安家落户。桑蒂总是花好几个小时在布拉沃略街（Bravo Murillo Street）下棋——这项运动需要高超的技巧、专注度以及从一而终的品性——正是这样的经历塑造了桑蒂的性格特点，也为他日后的人生打好了基石。桑蒂也经常在卡瑞拉的工作坊前专注地欣赏金匠大师如何工作，往往一站就是好几个小时。直到有一天，他鼓起勇气走进了这间他向往已久的工坊大门，询问是否能够成为一名学徒。这是1957年的某一天，是他22年以来的美梦成真的一天——桑蒂终于得以在全西班牙最负盛名的珠宝工作坊获得一份工作。在卡瑞拉家族的不懈努力下，工坊于1960年收到了品牌有史以来最为重要且最富盛名的一笔订单：为西班牙贵族法比奥拉·德·莫拉·阿拉贡（Fabiola de Mora y Aragón）打造其与比利时国王博杜安一世（King Baudouin I）婚礼上所用的新娘皇冠。这笔订单虽说对于桑蒂而言是极大的挑战，但能够参与这样一件伟大作品的制作更是一种无比的荣耀与自豪。皇冠上的每一颗珠宝的镶嵌要求都极为严苛，不容许任何一丝差错。没有人能想到，萨图里奥·埃斯特（Saturio Esteban）的最初规模颇小的珠宝工作坊最终得以成为世界领先的高级珠宝品牌之一。
20世纪70年代，曼努埃尔·卡瑞拉和表兄弟胡安·何塞·卡瑞拉成为卡瑞拉家族的第四代传人，继续传承与发展卡瑞拉家族的精湛工艺与执着传统。在发展过程中，曼努埃尔不仅开创了颠覆性的崭新风格，将创新方法引入珠宝制作工艺，被誉为业内最有价值的设计师及企业家，也由此成为了西班牙珠宝行业的领导者，并对全球珠宝行业都产生了深远影响。在他的领导下，卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉正式以品牌形式诞生。曼努埃尔·卡瑞拉打造的珠宝总是与艺术理念有着密不可分的联系。如今，年逾70的曼努埃尔仍在坚持创作，是品牌最为重要的灵魂人物。80年代初，卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉开始进行国际业务的拓展。此时，它的作品已经作为艺术品得到了全世界的认可，并开始陆续在全球首屈一指的博物馆橱窗中展出。例如日本的山梨博物馆(Yamanashi Museum)，华盛顿的白宫博物馆(White House Museum)，以及肯塔基州的哈德利博物馆(Hadley Museum)。私人珍藏品“伊卡洛斯(Icarus)塑像”也曾于克里姆林宫军械库博物馆(Armory Museum)展出，其地位对全球珠宝行业来说都是举足轻重的。卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉的这六位传奇的艺术大师以他们传奇的经历以及对于艺术创作的激情不断创造出精妙绝伦的珠宝作品，使每一件卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉珠宝作品都蕴含独特的创作风格与创意，每件作品都从大自然中汲取灵感，宛若自然天成。丰富的设计主题和奇妙的感官体验，镌刻出独树一帜的品牌标识，由此享誉世界。
卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉(Carrera y Carrera)的精湛专业技艺来自于马德里工作坊近35位珠宝大师的技艺，有着不可估量的价值。在这个享誉世界的顶级珠宝工作坊里，每一件精致的珠宝都是纯手工打造。
在世界知名的珠宝殿堂如法国、美国及意大利等国家，卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉(Carrera y Carrera)凭借独特的黄金工艺脱颖而出。品牌的黄金技艺始于西班牙黄金时代，当时其他品牌都侧重于宝石，重金属的饰品次之，而卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉(Carrera y Carrera)则将黄金奉为主角。品牌的金匠大师将自己的才华和技艺在每一件珠宝上极尽展现。微雕的细节及卡瑞拉·卡瑞拉(Carrera y Carrera)的代表性磨砂抛光技术让每件珠宝都成为了艺术品。
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