Candy Rasmijn-Reino is Caribbean Queen for the month of August

The lovely Caribbean Queen store at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall is proud to introduce its eighth Caribbean Queen, a local artisan who lives and creates here, Candy Rasmijn Reino. The store’s Caribbean Queen for August is a jewelry maker posting considerable achievements and enjoying local fame. She was selected to exhibit her collection at the Miami Beach International Fashion Week last year, showing it off under the ARZU label.  Arzu, she explains, means Wish, Hope & Love in Persian, keywords for every living creature of the universe, she adds, which inspired her to create an Aruba collection greatly influenced by the sights and sounds of the island.

Candy bring passion and inventiveness to her craft designing vintage as well as contemporary pieces in a variety of textures and colors, from sterling silver to 14 and 18 karat gold-plated thread and leather combined with precious and semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls, and the finest zirconia, in rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

Besides showing an active interest in fashion and art, Candy is a married mother of three, also upholding a full time job with a popular shopping center as the Marketing, Event and PR Manager.

My major inspiration comes from God, she says, who gave me the talent to envision designs and finally make the pieces in correlation to the environment I live in. I love fashion & style, and I’m not afraid of trying new options, and playing with colors to get a heightened, desirable effect.

While many of the pieces in the collection were made for the daring and sophisticated women, there is something for everyone in the store.

On opening day of the Caribbean Queen store, owner Jodi Tobman of the Salamander Group, pledged to honor a monthly artist by showcasing their work in the store. For the month of January, it was Carina Molina with Upcycled Design, bags, belts and jewelry made from discarded rubber inner tubes. For the month of February, it was glass artist Gabriela Gonzalez. Jewelry maker Omaira Toro was the artist of choice, in March presenting her own brand: Omaira’s Bohemian Style. In April, Faustina Fransisca Malmberg Ras known as Anchie, presented her collection of earrings and necklaces. In May a special exhibit was dedicated to artist/photographer Annemiek van Vliet, with a complete collection of Annemiek’s photos. Marcia Solognier exhibited handcrafted handbags, with Swarovski crystals, printed suede, beads and feathers, as well as silk flowers, in June. Massiel Genser showed  her Tutti Fruitti collection of earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and hair bands in July.

Visit the store at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall, and enjoy the unusual décor and unique merchandise. The store is fund-raising for three local art foundations via its repair of the world, Tikkun Olam program, designating a percentage of every purchase to The Aruba International Arts Foundation, AIAF, supporting local artists, or the Pancake Gallery, offering summer art courses to youths, or Ateliers’ 89, an art school and studio for adults.

Caribbean Queen offers gift-certificates in all denominations, which can never expire!

Visit soon and Adorn Thyself.