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The Colonial Collection of Handmade Jewelry

Beautifully handmade blue jade and pearls earrings with Sterling silver hooks, perfect to hit the beach in style or those hot summer nights.
The Colonial Hotel in Cayo Coco, Cuba, the inspiration behind the Colonial Earrings.

The Colonial Hotel in Cayo Coco, Cuba, the inspiration behind the Colonial Earrings.

In this entry we will go behind the scenes to take a closer look at the creative process behind the creation of some of Alla’s most popular pieces, the Colonial Collection. As a jewelry artist, Alla often finds inspiration in her travels around the world, creating certain pieces to remind her of places she particularly appreciated. The Colonial Earrings, and its smaller sister, the Mini Colonial Earrings, were put together in honor of Alla and Martin’s favorite retreat in the Caribbean, The Colonial Hotel. Located on the small island of Cayo Coco off the north coast of Cuba, The Colonial sits on pristine white sand beaches. The Caribbean sea, of a a pure turquoise and clear as the air itself, laps up quietly a stone’s throw away from the hotel. This quiet retreat is a well-kept secret, and the colonial theme is reflected throughout the architecture of the place. Low buildings with adobe shaped entryways, all painted of different, rich colors, are both pleasing to the eyes and soothing to the senses. What strikes one the most upon arriving at The Colonial is just how relaxing the place is… The only sound to be heard is the crash of the waves upon the the perfect beaches. The air is fresh, and smells of salt, sand and, if you happen to be at the right place and at the right time, of delicious fresh fish roasting of a fire. It is indeed easy to close your eyes there and be instantly transported back in time to the Colonial era of the island. The fact that the Internet is sketchy at best does help a lot with that whole disconnecting vibe, to be sure!

Beautifully handmade blue jade and pearls earrings with Sterling silver hooks, perfect to hit the beach in style or those hot summer nights.

Beautifully handmade blue jade and pearls earrings with Sterling silver hooks, perfect to hit the beach in style or those hot summer nights.

Alla wanted the earrings to remind her of all those quiet, magical moments spent relaxing by the Caribbean beach at the Colonial. Thus the location itself is reflected in the stones and colors chosen, and how they are put together. The blue jade stones represent the clear sea, while the irregular white pearls are there to remind us of the powdery fine white sand of the beaches. It is said that on Cayo Coco, if one takes a handful of sand in his hand and let it drop through his fingers, the soft wind will carry away every grain of it before they touch ground…The full size Colonial Earrings are completed by anchors, further reflecting the marine theme of this collection. Both the full-size and mini Colonial Earrings are linked together with tiny chains that give the pieces a sweeping motion, not unlike that felt on a boat at anchor. As with all of Unikgemz earrings, Sterling Silver plated hooks have been chosen to complete the pieces, ensuring a comfortable fit with no chance of any allergic reaction whatsoever.

The Colonial Earrings, and its smaller sister, the Mini Colonial Earrings, are both available for purchase in our online boutique. So hesitate no more, and travel to the Caribbean with us!

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