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Meet The Artist Atelys Adrian


Atelys Adrian is a self-taught jewellery designer based in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).

“I never ever imagined becoming a jewellery maker and designer,” she says. “I used to buy inexpensive costume jewellery and take it apart, adding pieces to make it my own. Then people started buying the jewellery, literally right from my body.”

As a wife and mother of two sons, life was already full. Soon after she moved to the TCI from her native Dominican Republic, Atelys’ passion for jewellery led her to start handcrafting her own.

After selling a few pieces off of her neck, she decided to turn her passion into a profession.

Atelys’ eponymous boutique, located in the Caicos Café Plaza in Grace Bay, showcases her one-of-a-kind pieces made with natural materials mostly found right here in Providenciales.

“I am a beach lover and a ‘certified’ beach comber,” she laughs. She and her small team cast shells and objects they find on the beach here. “They are as crazy about jewellery as I am,” she says of her team. “They love making it as much as I do.”

One team member in particular stands out. “My store clerk Isbel is amazing. She’s always here – smiling, creating and taking care of clients. She makes wonderful jewellery and my customers adore her.”

Atelys’ jewellery is versatile and eclectic in both style and technique. That signature style and technique is reflected in her pieces, which combine a wide range of materials such as argentium silver, larimar, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, sea glass, etc. and her use of techniques such as wire wrapping, silk knotting, metal stamping and metalsmith work.

Atelys travels to the Dominican Republic several times a year to handpick larimar stones, which can vary in colour from light to deep blue. “When it comes to larimar, the more intense the blue colour, and the greater the contrast in the stone, the higher the quality. I am obsessed with blue,” she says with a smile.

Atelys uses the lost-wax casting method in her pieces to capture the essence and true beauty of the shells and other beach treasures found by her and her friends on the shores of Providenciales, making such pieces the perfect Turks and Caicos keepsake.

Her custom earrings, bracelets, and neck pieces, of beaten or hand-stamped silver or 14k gold fill, are unique and recognisable from a distance. Swarovski crystals often complement the freshwater pearls and larimar stones. Sea glass she has gathered here in the TCI and in the Dominican Republic is also found in her creations.

“I love it when people tell stories with jewellery – pieces that are not just beautiful and unique, but jewellery that can be passed down for generations,” she says.

Atelys’ jewellery is within reach for anyone who appreciates quality, handcrafted workmanship. Prices range from $25 to $500 dollars. She also creates custom pieces by request.

Be sure to stop by her shop in the Caicos Café Plaza so you can take an Atelys creation (or two!) home with you.

View more information at http://www.atelysadrian.com/ Special thanks to Kathi Barrington