Friday, July 22, 2011

CARRERA & CARRERA'S NEW NEW BLING

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Spain's top jeweller, Carrera & Carrera (in Spanish it is Carrera y Carrera but everyone will ask why 'y' is used instead of '&' so I am using this icon) has just unveiled its new collection called Mediterraneo.

The name 'Mediterraneo' of course reflects 'Mediterranean' the famous more or less inland sea that separates Europe from north Africa.

Olivia Palermo presents the new collection, Mediterráneo.

Mediterráneo, a fresh, youthful, and innovative collection tells the legends of goddesses and nymphs who have dwelt in this tranquil sea through the exquisite craftsmanship of its pieces in yellow gold, white gold, and diamonds.

Mediterráneo brings to life the crystalline waters of this sea and fine golden sand where we jewels iare nspired by the shapes of its hidden treasures: iridescent seashells, mysterious Nautilus and exquisite starfish.

Created for a young, professional and independent woman, the Mediterráneo woman shows her strength of character through her own image.

Each piece in this collection suggests unforgettable moments in which the splendor of sun and sunsetsrecall waters laden with myths and legends, goddesses and nymphs.

Epic stories have inspired the 4 series of Mediterráneo: Actea, the beautiful, vigilant nymph who watched over sailors; Afrodita, the embodiment of tender love on the shores of a calm sea; Calipso, symbol of passion and desire for heroic Odysseus and Atenea, the magnificent goddess and patron of ancient Athens named after her.

Olivia Palermo, the ravishing American beauty, model, socialite and actress is the face of the Mediterráneo collection as she is 25, the perfect age to drape in 'Mediterraneo'.


Actea, a line of generous volumes, exquisite whorls and fascinating symmetry.

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Actea ring

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Actea ring in white gold

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Actea ring

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Actea pendant and chain in white gold

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Actea white gold cufflinks

Air and light flow with ease through the intricate openwork of these jewelry pieces. Each jewel is alive and full of movement, showcasing magnificent volumes created by the expert hands of Carrera y Carrera goldsmiths, allowing light to be reflected in the most surprising manner. Jewelry pieces full of strength in spite of their astonishing lightness.

Actea is the reflection of the Nautilus, one of the most fascinating marine animals.

With its infinite interlacing spirals, the shape of the Nautilus is one of the most attractive and captivating of the marine world. Jewelry pieces of exquisite design pay tribute to this singular organic form and to the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.

Created in yellow gold or white gold with diamonds, with great volumes and with versions that are easier to wear.

The Actea ring, a fascinating, almost architectural piece, is created with two separate parts that are worked on independently in the Madrid workshop. In this manner, maximum perfection of the finish is achieved, also allowing for special attention to the lining of the piece that is in and of itself an authentic work of art.


Afrodita, symbol of love, emerges from the white foam of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Afrodita yellow gold ring with diamond

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Afrodita white gold pendant and chain with diamond

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Afrodita yellow gold pendant with diamond

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Afrodita yellow gold earrings with diamond


Afrodita is the embodiment of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The spirit of the goddess is transformed into the patterns of seashells and conches in gold. The wave-lapping sense of movement in the finishes imbues each jewel with the fascinating voluptuousness of shells flooded by light.

The complexity of some pieces, like the ring, is apparent in the bas-relief effect of its surface. The skills of the in-house designers at Carrera y Carrera are showcased in the relief and the convex/concave effect on the yellow gold and white gold surfaces.

To perfect each curve of the ring’s surface, a special tool had to be created within our own workshop. The brilliant-cut diamonds that crown the epicenter of each marine spiral are reminiscent of swirling whirlpools.


The Atenea Fine Jewelry line, starring the Starfish

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Atenea Fine Jewellery Starfish earrings with diamond

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Atenea Fine Jewellery earrings in yellow gold

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Atenea Fine Jewellery Starfish pendant in yellow and white gold with diamond

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Atenea Fine Jewellery pendant in yellow and white gold with diamond

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Atenea ring in white gold and diamond

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Atenea yellow gold ring with diamond


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Atenea ring in yellow gold and diamond

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Atenea Starfish ring in yellow gold

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Atenea earrings in yellow and white gold and diamond


Atenea, starfish in motion and the brilliance of diamonds, is the theme for the Fine Jewelry line for the Mediterráneo collection.

This collection is comprised of two unique pieces: a necklace and earrings that become authentic objects of fantasy, combining perfectly with the fabulous rings of the Atenea and Calipso lines.

A necklace of cascading starfish intertwined by superb brilliant-cut diamonds is the star while astonishing earrings of starfish of different sizes form extraordinary jewels of great movement.


Calipso, a beautiful translation of sea conches
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Calypso ring in white gold and diamond
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Calypso ring in yellow gold
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Calypso earrings in white gold and diamond
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Calypso earrings in yellow gold and diamond

Calipso is a fine representation of the Carrera & Carrera identity with its mix of matte-shine finish, architectural touch and sculptural quality. The Calipso rings and earrings are superlative interpretations of the undulating shapes of sea conches in yellow and white gold enhanced by flashes of pave diamonds.

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