The MNY Spotlight

Meet Carmen and Mercedes, Founders of Bombonitas Jewelry

Introduce yourself!

Hola! We are Carmen and Mercedes, two sisters from Spain. We live in the Upper East Side in New York City with our husbands and our babies. We are jewelry addicted, love to travel and are passionate about fashion, art and interior design!

Carmen and Mercedes, Founders of Bombonitas Jewelry

Shop their look! Mercedes wears the Jasmine Midi Dress and Carmen wears the Evangeline Midi Dress

What first inspired you to create Bombonitas?

Bombonitas was born during the pandemic as a source of creativity. We have both always loved wearing a lot of bracelets and playing around with jewelry, and during the height of covid while quarantining together, we decided to source gemstones and glass beads to occupy our minds and hands. Little did we know it was the beginning of our brand!

Where do you draw inspiration from? What are you excited for in the jewelry and accessories industry?

Our mom is our number one source of inspiration, she has taught us form a young age the importance of quality, elegance, and timeless style. Her uniform is a great pair of jeans, loafers, and a fantastic blazer, an outfit she wears on repeat but always accentuates with fun jewelry and bags. From a young age, she would take us to the town market in Formentera (where we have been spending our summers for the last 30 years) and we would all buy colorful stone necklaces, charm bracelets handmade from ceramic by artisans, earrings made from glass found in the Mediterranean…

Who are your favorite female role models and why?

The list is long and ranges from artists to current public figures, but the most important one is our late grandmother, our Amama. She was the ultimate jewelry collector, and a true maximalist! A history fanatic, she traveled the world with her girlfriends after loosing her husband at a young age. She would always bring us back accessories and jewelry from her travels – we still own and wear a necklace she brought us from Vietnam! We miss her curiosity, generosity, and dedication to her family every day.

Why is it important to you to empower women?

We come from a big family of mostly women, and have always been surrounded by curious, intelligent, caring, hardworking females who have taught and shaped us. We hope to build a supportive, creative and powerful community of strong women from whom we can continue to learn and with whom we can continue to grow.

Favorite Bombonitas Jewelry piece at the moment:

We find ourselves wearing The Original stack on repeat. Rainbow and Tutti Frutti are the perfect bracelets, fun and easy to wear, and we just love the different stones!

Shop Bombonitas Jewelry and follow along on Instagram @bombonitas_

What’s next for Bombonitas Jewelry?!

We just launched a new collaboration with influencer @mallykgoldman and are so excited about it! We hope we can continue to grow through future collabs and retail distribution.

What draws you to the Mestiza brand?

We love Mestiza’s bright, joyful colors, they remind us of our summers in Spain and our grandmother’s pareos and dresses. But most of all, we love the timeless, elegant feel of the collection – dresses that can be passed down to our daughters one day.

Carmen and Mercedes, Founders of Bombonitas Jewelry in Mestiza New York
Tell us how you’re styling your Mestiza piece and where you’re wearing it!
We are wearing our beautiful dresses out East in the Hamptons, for an al fresco lunch with girlfriends or a dinner out with our husbands. Carmen has paired her dress with our Fiesta Necklace and Hermes Oran flats, and Mercedes has chosen a canotier and three of her favorite bracelets, Carnaval, Rainbow and Marshmallow!

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