Carmen’s passion for design comes from a childhood surrounded by books, history and the arts. Her inspiration emanates from a myriad of architectural works from the Gothic to most contemporary. Each of her unique pieces can be viewed as an individual sculpture adorned with symbols, rhythms or simple lines. Carmen designs each piece of jewelry with a personal touch in which the elements of color are determining factors resulting in a beautiful piece where harmony is transpired. Her jewelry is created for the defined woman who knows what she wants.
Maria del Carmen Munoz is “Carmen Ibarra” taking the last name of her grandmother. Carmen was born in Leon, Mexico; and in 1997set off for Florence, Italy to follow her dreams to begin jewelry design studies in gold and silver at the Studio Fuji art school. Two years later, she returned to Mexico where she opened her own boutique creating custom-made unique pieces for the Mexican elite.
In 2011, Carmen establishes herself in Houston. In 2002, Carmen launched her company “Contemporary Stones”. Here she focused her energy, talent and attention to the design of necklaces. It didn’t take long for Carmen to gain a favorable reputation among Houstonians with her beautiful line of custom-made jewelry. In 2003, Carmen was named “Best Jewelry Designer” by theHouston Press and the Houston Chronicle, each dedicating an article featuring her jewelry.
In 2010, Carmen spearheaded and created her collection “Provence” which was inspired by her travels to southern France. For some years now, her custom-made designs are created specifically for clients both in Mexico and Texas.
Currently, Carmen works and lives in Houston, Texas.
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