ADVENTURES WITH ALENA IN ST LUCIA
I WAS LATE AS USUAL ON A DAY OFF, HEADING TO THE MARINA TO MEET FRIENDS BEFORE THEY JUMPED BACK ON TO THEIR CRUISE. We pulled up to Pointe Seraphine and Rajan ran ahead to meet them. I on the other hand, parked the car and took an “accidental detour”, ending up in Harry Edwards Jewelers. I refuse to leave a country without a new piece wrapped around a toe, ankle, wrist, or finger. When my luggage is filled to the brim, it’s the singular memory I indulge in… reminding me of a moment I’d happily tell, or one that will remain a smirk on my lips. Usually this piece finds me. I don’t spend my days shopping; I’m not running from mall to mall, when there is a world of fun to discover. For me, it usually happens like it did today: running late being halted dead in my tracks in front of the display; or waiting in the airport covered in sand and dripping salt water onto the glass case, and there is it, staring back at me. Rajan keeps insisting I get a watch and I knew I was in the best kind of trouble when I found out that Harry Edwards are the only authorized Rolex dealer in St Lucia. I stood, taking it all in, from stainless steel to solid gold, probably drooling without even noticing. Although I wasn’t exactly in the market for an exorbitant timepiece I couldn’t help myself and tried on an elegant rose gold and steel ladies watch, with a mother of pearl dial. After reluctantly handing the Rolex back, I explored. I found earrings made with St Lucian sand, pendants inspired by the Pitons, bangles and anklets, and sunglasses I needed to replace after I dropped mine at the Mercury Beach boat party. I was introduced to Tom Ladner, the owner of Harry Edwards Jewelers. He looked like Bruce Willis, had a voice like Joe Rogan and seriously good taste. He chatted with me, and I made note that I wanted something special; something classy but a bit badass. Something that could stand the salt and sand when I’m kite surfing in Cas En Bas, but still looks great with heels. I could see the wheels turning. It was obvious how rushed I was and he handed me a card “Call this number when you’re back at the hotel, we’ll sort you out.” he said. I did just that, and had a great conversation with a Harry Edwards Jewelers personal shopper, who seemed to know exactly what I wanted by the time we hung up. The thought of putting on shoes unnecessarily during a vacation makes me want to cringe. The Harry Edwards personal shopper that I had spoken to came to the hotel the next day, assured me that I had no reason to leave poolside, even though she offered plenty more private alternatives, from meeting me in my room or the lobby, to even setting up a conference room at the hotel. It was entirely up to me and I chose to stay put. To my delight, two ladies from Harry Edwards walked up with dozens of duty-free jewelry and tax-free watches: some of the pieces I was ogling the day before, some I hadn’t noticed. A few guests leaned over to help me with the final decision. This was personal shopping on another level: a glass of rum punch in my hand, jewelry to fawn over, and perfect VIP treatment – the indulgent way to shop while on vacation. The right piece is simple to me, something that signifies the memory. Maybe for you, it’s something you indulged in for yourself, or it’s a little box you put under their pillow instead of your own. It encapsulates the adventure, and it is the tangible experience of the adventure; hundreds of words laying silent on your skin. My body is covered with little pieces of the world. Toe rings from Southeast Asia, a necklace from Toronto, earrings from the Middle East, an anklet from Mexico, rings from Europe and Africa, and now, a John Hardy bracelet from St Lucia. They are the reminders of places that left an impression on me, the trips that have shaped me into who I am. For those people who want to surprise their partner, bring a gift home for their children, or a friend, these tiny pieces are more than jewelry, they are moments. Harry Edwards Jewelers understands that, and their personal shopping experience really gets it right.
Toe rings from Southeast Asia, a necklace from Toronto, earrings from the Middle East, an anklet from Mexico, rings from Europe and Africa, and now, a John Hardy bracelet from St Lucia. They are the reminders of places that left an impression on me, the trips that have shaped me into who I am.”