Back in 1997, Island Companies developed a line of jewellery specific to the Cayman Islands, which meant the only place in the world it was sold was in the Cayman Islands.
The “Cayman Link” necklaces and bracelets are made of 14-karat yellow and white gold with patented floating segments between each link. Making the Cayman Link jewellery requires many hours of work and great attention to detail since every link and moveable ball is assembled individually. The jewellery line has grown in popularity since it was established, says Nick Jackson, general manager of Island Companies Ltd.
“The Cayman Link has a huge history on island with locals,” he says. “They really love the Cayman Link.”
The original Cayman Link is a two-toned combination of yellow and white gold, but is now made with other colour combinations of gold, as well as with 18-karat gold or platinum. With five different sizes to choose from, the chains can be made into any length by connecting the links. Island Jewellers will also special-order any size or length of link.
The success of the Cayman Link has led to the creation of other Cayman Islands-specific lines of jewellery including Cayman Memories, a collection of charms depicting various sea life such as a turtles or stingrays. Originally designed for visitors of the island, the charms from the Cayman Memories collection have also proven to be a hit with Grand Cayman’s resident population.
The charms are strong and durable, and come in 14-karat yellow and white gold. The collection also includes pendants shaped like Grand Cayman, comprising pavé diamonds set in 14-karat white or yellow gold. Jackson says that both the pendants and charms are bestsellers and at an affordable price range.
Opals are gemstones born of the ocean, so what better stone to capture the shades and complexities of our stunning waters. Nick Jackson, general manager of Island Companies Ltd.
In November 2017, Grand Cayman jewellery store Island Jewellers added another Cayman Islands-specific line of Ocean Fire Opals jewellery that includes collections called “Sunday Morning Sandbar,” “Beyond the Wall,” and “Seven Mile Sunset.” Each has its own colour palette representing its namesake.
“Opals are gemstones born of the ocean, so what better stone to capture the shades and complexities of our stunning waters,” says Jackson.
Made with 100 per cent genuine opals hand-selected for their rich colours and natural iridescence, they are designed exclusively for the store by master jewellers who study the deep colours and vibrant textures of the stones before setting them in silver jewellery.
The Sunday Morning Sandbar collection is meant to evoke the memory of the magical journey by boat to Stingray City and the Sandbar, when the North Sound water turns a vibrant shade of turquoise. The Beyond the Wall collection comprises opals of intense blue and indigo shades, meant to capture the sheer depth, colour and complexity of the water surrounding the many diving sites in the Cayman Islands, especially those like Little Cayman’s Blood Bay Wall and Grand Cayman’s North Wall.
The Seven Mile Sunset collection captures the feeling of dipping your toes in the sand on Seven Mile Beach while watching the sun sink into the sea.
“Opals represent a timeless beauty just as the Cayman Islands do,” says Jackson, who adds that the collections are meant to take inspiration from nature and capture those moments made in Cayman. “So far, the response has been very strong.”