Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know a lot of you out there are on the hunt for the perfect gift for your long-time special someone and I think I have just the right suggestions.
I actually have this gift-giving philosophy that I just want to share since we’re on the topic of romantic gifts. Personally, I don’t believe in giving extravagant presents at the start of a new relationship. (That’s why I said ‘long-time’ special someone earlier)
Gifts, I believe, should get better in time because they symbolise all the work and effort you’ve been putting in your relationship. During the beginning, it’s always sunshine and rainbows but as the years go by and once you get married, you will definitely encounter challenges making life harder and being together a challenge.
A friend of mine, who has been married a long time, recently said something along the lines of “People nowadays gush over hardships after one year anniversaries. I want to hear what they have to say on their 15th.”
To me, gifts aren’t about the price tag as well. It’s about what you can afford without breaking the bank and veering away from your priority expenses as well as the meaning that it comes with. BUT for long-time couples who can afford to splurge or for those that are celebrating special milestones this year, I think my recent visit to the Carrera Y Carrera store in Starhill Gallery might be interesting.
I was invited to check out their current collections. The Spanish jewellery brand has been here in Malaysia for a while now providing beautiful, handmade pieces.
Carrera Y Carrera actually carries 130 years of tradition with it and prides itself with having created the wedding tiara for Belgium’s Queen Fabiola back in the 60s.
The man behind the brand, Manuel Carrera, is not just a jeweller but an artist as well and each Carrera Y Carrera piece is practically wearable art. Each part of the design symbolises a particular element or a memory influenced by a member of the family. That, I think makes each piece a lot more special.
I was able to take photos as the lovely people of Carrera Y Carrera took me around the store for a tour. However, my camera was out of juice and I had to use my mobile phone’s camera. So please excuse the low quality photos.
Here are some of the pieces that caught my eye:
I’m not a chunky ring person since I use my fingers a lot to type on my laptop and even on my mobile when I’m on the go. However, it’s not hard to be impressed by the designs they have for the rings. The details and the placement of the stones actually make them life-like.
There you have it. You can visit their store in Starhill Gallery along Bukit Bintang if you’d like to see more of their pieces.