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Where When How March/April 2017 : Page 56

Atelys Adrian larimar/silver jewellery at Caicos Cafe Plaza Cotton clothing at L’été in Le Vele Plaza A LITTLE MORE Whatever your objects of desire; jew-ellery, t-shirts, oils, bath stuff, cigars, pottery or art; TCI’s proximity to the surrounding waters means the ocean lies inspiration to, and the subject to the creation of, exquisite and locally made goods. Corals, shells, sea glass, and the minerals and textures sourced from such a flourishing marine environment, give anyone who’s a fan of striking blues, pearly pinks, sea and shell inspired pat-terns, as well as natural pampering prod-ucts, plenty of selection to choose from. There’s only one way to start the mid-range priced product breakdown, with the most local and symbolic item in the Turks and Caicos: The Queen conch shell. This has to be one of, if not the, most widely known and widely loved resource in the TCI. Its foothold in our culture is particularly prominent, due to Providenciales housing the only conch farm in the world, harvesting conch for its meat. The shell, the archetypal sym-bol of island life, is depicted on our national flag, with its variety in size, extravagant fan-shaped lip, and lustrous pearly pink inner shell making a stunning ornament for the house. A host of jew-ellery, spoons, trivets, and bowls made out of conch shell are available to pur-chase. Keep in mind that the Turks and Caicos is one of very few places in the world from where you can buy conch products to take home. You must have a receipt for customs when you arrive home, to prove you haven’t taken a shell from a restricted jurisdiction. Sand jewellery, bracelets and neck-laces are found in a variety of places on the island, and encapsulate a miniature paradise of small tiny shells, beach glass and seeds. Sand pearl bracelets are exquisite creations from local jeweller Wellington Williams, with a fascinating process in which sand is hand-rolled and solidified, resulting in waterproof beads that won’t crumble. Anna’s Art Gallery at The Saltmills 56 • • • • • MARCH/APRIL 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands” LARIMAR JEWELLERY PHOTO PROVIDED BY ATELYS ADRIAN

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