Wedding Bands and (Bull)rings
With roots in Madrid, it’s no wonder Carrera y Carrera is influenced by the Spanish tradition of bullfighting. Its 5-year-old Ruedo collection of fashion-forward fine jewelry incorporates designs like rope braids, beads, and scalloped accents reminiscent of components in a matador’s costume. Now, Ruedo has given rise to a bridal line.
In 18k white, yellow, and pink gold, the 18 wedding band SKUs—with or without diamonds—feature similar motifs, including minuscule hornlike effects representing the bull. “Tradition, passion, art, and beauty combine in Ruedo to pay an authentic tribute to…the bullring,” says Carrera y Carrera CEO Svetlana Kuprianova. Suggested retail prices range from $1,550 to $5,400.
|Carrera y Carrera band in 18k white gold; $2,900|
On the Crown
Tiara in 18k gold-plated silver with 18.66 cts. t.w. diamonds; $11,000; United Gemco, NYC; 212-840-9380; unitedgemco.com
After witnessing the stir around last May’s Great Gatsby movie, the team at United Gemco decided to take inspiration from the Art Deco jewelry featured in the film. The New York City–based jewelry manufacturer debuted a collection of 20 Indo-American–style tiaras in the spring, selling out of all 25 pieces that it brought to the 2013 Baselworld show. That success convinced the team to make more—and fast. Today, the company offers 40 SKUs of tiaras and hair accessories, with 20 styles added as recently as October. According to president Kapil Benara, before the 2013 rush, the last time United Gemco saw a tiara sale was a $100,000 custom order from a Saudi Arabian client two and a half years ago. The items that sold this year went mainly to buyers in Switzerland, Russia, and even Brazil, though a couple of Americans did spring for hair accessories.