Thursday, 25 July 2013

Beautiful Treasures of the Empire by Carrera y Carrera

A new season has begun and rest assured there is a long list of clothes and accessories one needs to buy: dresses, checked; long, lean trousers, checked; cocktail dresses, checked; evening gowns, checked; jackets and coats, both checked; and of course, also checked are hordes of bags and shoes to accompany everything. 

Yet, there’s still some room for you to jazz up your upcoming fall/winter look and that is by adding some sparklers to it. Reliving the glory of the Spanish Empire, renowned Spanish jeweller Carrera y Carrera introduces its latest collection, aptly known as Tesoros del Imperio or Treasures of the Empire.

Paying homage to the glorious past of the Spanish Empire that once spanned across the Americas and Asia, Tesoros del Imperio collection, modelled here by actress Olivia Palermo, is divided into four sub-collections within: Reina, Isabel, Cervantes and Velasquez. Each sub-collection is a display of grace, luxury and art in its utmost splendour.

An exquisite mix of white and yellow gold with diamonds or of white gold with blue topaz, Reina (Queen) takes lightness and movement of the lightweight and diaphanous lace collars, known as ruffs, used by Spanish queens during the Golden Age as its inspiration. 

Elegant, distinctive and sophisticated, Carrera y Carrera immortalizes its appeal in the forms of rings, earrings and pendants that emulate the design of the neck ruffs and crowns.  
 
Inspired by the embroidery, fabrics, and colours of Spain’s Golden Age, Velasquez features a touch of colour and sublime whimsicalness. These brocades can be seen in pieces crafted in yellow or white gold with amethyst presented as grandiloquent and whimsical art. 

Generous amount of volumes and rich decorations mingle with Carrera y Carrera’s signature matte-gloss effect. Furthermore, the refined and ornate pieces are also reflections of the image-preoccupied culture that existed during the Golden period. 
Named after one of prominent Spanish queens of the period, the collection gained its inspiration from diamonds and essential stars. 

The pieces are crafted using diamonds and set on both white and yellow gold – a perfect collection to seal the eternal commitment. Isabel is also a romantic collection where both gold and diamonds play their significant roles – as the purveyor of infinite purity.  

Last but not least is the Cervantes collection. Named after Miguel de Cervantes, a renowned Spanish literature maestro and creator of Don Quixote, the collection is inspired by the dandy Elizabethan neck ruffs, as well as by the complexity and preciseness work of the lace cuffs. 

Voluminous and imbued with serpentine shapes, the collection is made of sculptural jewels with great movement and impressive figurative works, all crafted in white and yellow gold with speckles of diamonds. Moreover, Cervantes too speaks eloquently of great originality as it represents one of the most identifying symbols of the Spanish Empire.

Tesoros del Imperio collection is available at Carrera y Carrera boutiques and authorised retailers worldwide.

*Photos courtesy of Carrera y Carrera

Carrera y Carrera – G12, Indulge Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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