What do avocados, Monstera leaves, toucans, and cocoa pods have in common? All these organic forms have been immortalized in ceramic clay and transformed into one-of-a-kind jewelry by Trinidad designer Crystal Antoine, owner of Cocoa Vintage. The Port of Spain–based creator’s simultaneously dramatic and delicate pieces are coveted by fashion-forward wearers, who gravitate to her wildly popular Cocoa Pod Collection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Handmade and island-inspired, Antoine’s creations are more than mere accessories — they’re wearable art.
“Growing up, I was a ‘draw on the walls, paint on my clothes, don’t like math’ kind of kid. Luckily, my parents recognized my aptitude for art and helped me develop it. As an adult, I got into graphic design and became an art director at one of the top advertising agencies in Trinidad. But I never wanted to be behind a desk all my life and I craved more creative freedom. So I left graphic design to pursue another form of design: jewelry making. I had no formal training, just a passion to create.”
You can visit the Cocoa Vintage Shop at Normandie The Hotel, St. Ann’s, Trinidad, or shop online.