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Jamaican Jewelry, contributed by Tracie Blake

We Jamaicans are quite fashionable and yes, we not only pay a lot of attention to the main attire but also to our accessories, particularly jewelry.

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Through the many Duty Free Shops, Jamaica sells an abundance of the finest in jewelry, from world renowned designers such as Carrera y Carrera, Gucci, Swiss Army and Bulgari.

These include gold, ruby, diamonds, emeralds and a host of other precious gems.

But, our visitors tell us that the most treasured jewelry in Jamaica are the ones that depict the spirit and creativity of our Jamaican people.

Our eclectic, artistic and creative people have been designing and making jewelry which demonstrates some of the fine attributes of Jamaica and what we have to offer.

They are very creative, beautiful, comfortable, long lasting, and quite importantly, environmentally-friendly; They are predominantly made from natural resources obtained on the island, usually in the form of beads, coconut shells, coral reefs, straws, feathers, buttons, hemps and sea shells.

These materials are used to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, bangles and rings.

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The Rastafarian colours of black, red, green and gold are evident in these creations. Most are made as a one size fits all design to enable their quick and easy availability to all persons.

These jewelries are most popular in tourist vicinities where visitors to the island can leave with a depiction of a little piece of Jamaica.

The beaded rings are quite popular also and are made with beads in the colours of black, green and gold. They are made by forming the beads together in a specific design with plastic chords which are invisible upon completion of this ring. They are usually one size fits all but are also made in various sizes upon request.

Metal jewelry is also quite popular in the form of necklaces, pendants and bracelets usually with a cotton cloth base for adornment. The jewelry can also be made your own as these

talented individuals can have your initials engraved on metallic designs or sewn into to other designs. These jewelries are hand crafted by talented Jamaicans with a keen eye for detail, creativity, fashion and beauty.

In addition to these popular jewelries, the latest craze has been beads in different styles, sizes and colours. These have become so popular that they are worn by in both casual and professional settings and are readily available on the international market.

Jamaica has some amazingly creative, imaginative and talented jewelers who utilize our islands natural resources to make beautiful Jamaican jewelry that is loved the world over.

Today, Jamaican jewelry can be had from anywhere in the world - thanks to the power of the internet!

Amazon.com is one of the companies that you'll be able to get your very own, some of the very best - from the comfort of your home.

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