This prestigious Spanish jeweller dates back to 1885, when it opened its first shop in Calle de Santa Isabel in Madrid. This was during the reign of Queen Regent Maria Christina of Austria, when the urban development of the Spanish capital was designed to mirror Haussmann’s Paris.
The nineteen fifties was a period of major commissions for Carrera y Carrera. It was the heyday of Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Balenciaga and prêt-à-porter. The jewellery firm began to go global in the seventies, a process that was well consolidated by the end of the nineties. In 2001, Lladró became a partner in the company and injected capital of more than €15 million into the business.
Carrera y Carrera makes different handcrafted designs every season from the finest materials and gemstones. Exhibitions all over the world vouch for their artistic value. The White House Museum in Washington, the Hadley Museum in Kentucky, the Yamanashi Museum in Japan and the Kremlin Museum are some of the venues where its works have featured.
The company has acquired its excellent global standing from the exquisite quality of its products and a highly personal and easily identifiable style. As a result of this combination, exports now account for 70% of its sales.
Carrera y Carrera is now present in 26 countries and has 19 boutiques in cities like Moscow, Tokyo, Paris, Dubai, Singapore, Mexico D.F., Geneva and Riyadh. It has more than 250 points of sale. Its jewellery is also available from the world’s most exclusive department stores, including Harrod’s, Neiman Marcus and El Corte Inglés, as well as from the 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.