BEACH BAUBLES

SHE Carribean Magazine - - PEPPERPOT -

In­spired by no­tions of beauty, spir­i­tu­al­ity and her en­vi­ron­ment, Yvette Jones' de­sign aes­thetic is a re­flec­tion of her back­ground in fine arts. She com­bines vi­brant coloured stones with the in­fi­nite po­ten­tial of line, colour, form and pat­tern, cre­at­ing ver­sa­tile and dy­namic jew­elry that re­mains rel­e­vant be­yond con­tem­po­rary trends. Chic De­signs re­flect Yvette's be­lief in the tran­scen­den­tal power of stones and their spir­i­tual abil­ity to connect in­di­vid­u­als across cul­tures. Sparkling swarovski, pre­ciosa crys­tals, rhine­stones, and colored gem­stones make-up her unique col­lec­tion of neck­laces, bracelets and ear­rings, en­cour­ag­ing per­sonal style and fash­ion-for­ward state­ments that foster el­e­gance, vi­brancy and ver­sa­til­ity. Chic De­signs are avail­able in stores in New Jer­sey and New York and can be or­dered on­line and Yvette can be con­tacted at: The Ba­hamas is now the ‘Of­fi­cial Home of the Swim­ming Pigs.' Vis­i­tors to the is­lands are hap­pily em­brac­ing the unique and spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence of swim­ming with the pigs on an un­in­hab­ited Is­land, which is home to th­ese spe­cial crea­tures.

The adorable fam­ily of pigs re­side on Big Ma­jor Cay, lo­cated in The Ex­u­mas, a fam­ily of 360 is­lands, or cays, in The Ba­hamas. They have be­come in­cred­i­bly popular with Ba­hami­ans and vis­i­tors alike. The pigs, though feral, are ex­cep­tion­ally friendly, run­ning from un­der the shade of almond trees to greet tourists that bring them treats.

The pigs live freely on the sandy beaches and af­ter bask­ing in the sun for hours, swim in the surf. They are truly a sight to be­hold and have be­come so popular that they've in­spired a chil­dren's book, “The Se­cret of Pig's Is­land,” by au­thor Jen­nifer R. Nolan and a chil­dren's song by chil­dren's au­thor San­dra Boyn­ton, as well as hav­ing the un­in­hab­ited is­land af­fec­tion­ately called ‘Pig Beach.' It is un­known how this pack of pigs orig­i­nally came to live on Big Ma­jor Cay as they aren't na­tive and the is­land it­self is un­in­hab­ited. Popular lore sug­gests that the pigs were dropped off by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them, or that there was a nearby ship­wreck and the pigs swam to safety. How­ever it was that they came to be, there are ap­prox­i­mately 20 pigs or piglets now who are able to eas­ily sur­vive in part as Big Ma­jor Cay is blessed with three fresh­wa­ter springs for them to drink from as well as the gen­eros­ity of Ba­hami­ans and tourists feed­ing them.

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