Grenadite - the amazing semi-precious jewel from Grenada
More than 4000 years ago, South American tribes migrated north from the Orinoco Delta in their small wooden boats to discover new places to settle and to live in peace.
A northward heading Caribbean current brought them to Grenada.
Experts estimate that the first settlement was built in about 2000 B.C. These early Stone Age hunters were also called pre-ceramic people. The Arawaks and Kalinagos came later, building villages and establishing Grenada as a trading centre: some of them were highly skilled craftsmen and made wonderful pottery decorated with their mystic signs. The most important and powerful sign was the “Sign of Life”, the never ending circle symbolize the power of life and grants the bearer a fulfilled life – health and strength.
Recently some of these artifacts have been unearthed showing the beauty and craftsmanship that the Kalinagos were able to achieve; but these artifacts are in limited supply and it’s illegal to move them from Grenada.
On the island of Grenada the Kalinagos or Caribs discovered a green stone – as precious to them as the Diamond which they used to produce jewellery.
Through their knowledge and expertise of the culture and history of the Kalinagos the owners of Lisa’s have been able to find the Green Stone. The Stone has been aptly named “Grenadite” – stone from Grenada – and is the backbone of a unique collection available only at Lisa’s.
The old mystic motifs combined with modern skills are the ingredients for Lisa’s wonderful, unique jewellery line designed and crafted in the Atelier and workshop in St. George’s. The sign of life motive is a line of jewellery made in 925 Sterling Silver, 10kt and 14kt Gold combine with Grenadite, Pearls and others.
Lisa, the creator of each piece of jewellery is also inspired by Grenada’s natural beauty and splendor creating jewellery depicting the culture and peoples of Grenada both, past and present What’s more, the creator produces jewellery created from her own mind as she sees the world therefore each piece is hand made and unique.
Lisa’s Atelier and workshop is in H. A. Blaize Street, on your Tour to the Spice Market you can pass by. For a truly, unique and timeless treasure: you are invited to visit Lisa’s and take home a piece of Grenada’s finest.