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.