Miriam de Ungría’s constant pursuit of aesthetics and the need of being surrounded by beautiful things led her to spend five years at the Complutense University of Madrid, where she earned her degree in Geography and History, specializing in Art History. A year after the completion of her degree, her lifelong fascination with the world of jewelry led her to the European Centre of Gemology and Jewelry at the University of Oviedo where she studied gemology, jewelry manufacturing, wax molding, gemstone setting and jewelry design, which she would later perfect in Italy.
The ensuing courses in diamonds, colored stones and pearls, as well as those of jewelry appraisal, would give her the credentials to pursue her career as a jewelry designer and appraiser.
She launched her first jewelry collection in 1991, introducing herself to a clientele that immediately vested their trust in her, not only for her designs but also for the appraisal of their most personal pieces of jewelry. Hence, she successfully brought together her two passions: design and gemology.
In 1991 she, along with a group of gemologists and appraisers, founded the Spanish Jewelry Appraisers’ Association (A.E.T.A.) which later served as its president.
Shortly thereafter, she would expand her professional horizons by collaborating with others in the sector. In January 2000, she joined forces with Spain’s premier international jewelry brand, Carrera y Carrera, on a major project to modernize and re-position the brand. As the Director of Fine Jewelry at Carrera y Carrera, she launched the “Garden of Roses” collection in New York in July 2002, the success of which enhanced her reputation and status internationally.