Fin­ish­ing Touch

Fashion (Canada) - - CONTENTS - —Noreen Flana­gan

Car­rera y Car­rera’s Ro­mance en el Loto ring tells the story of a fairy-tale love af­fair.

Young love is al­lur­ing with its fre­netic pas­sion, but an en­dur­ing love comes with its own poignancy. When I met Manuel Car­rera and his wife, Ma­rina, at the Car­rera y Car­rera bou­tique in Toronto, I was touched by their ten­der­ness to­ward each other. They’ve been to­gether for more than 50 years, and he told me his work con­tin­ues to be an ode to his love for her. The Ro­mance en el Loto (“Ro­mance in the Lo­tus”) ring, which is from the Mi Musa col­lec­tion, mir­rors the cou­ple’s early ro­mance. “The first time I met my wife, I was shy—just like a frog hid­ing be­hind a lo­tus leaf,” ex­plained Car­rera. “‘Mi Musa’ means ‘my muse,’ and this ring is my trib­ute to Ma­rina. The love of my life is re­al­ized in a sim­ple com­po­si­tion star­ring small crea­tures. Thus, on a splayed lo­tus leaf, a small am­phib­ian re­lent­lessly seeks the part­ner that will fully sat­isfy its senses.” Here’s one “frog” who turned into a charm­ing prince.

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