Located at the most northerly point of the beautiful, tropical Island of Barbados in the Southern Caribbean is an ancient sea cave known to both locals and travellers alike as ‘Animal Flower Cave’. Not only does Animal Flower Cave offer spectacular views of the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean, a diverse and sustainable eco system filled with awe inspiring plants, marine and natural wildlife but it is also home to the Coquina gemstone.
This stunning, naturally forming gemstone is sourced from beneath the glistening and transparent waters of the cave, from the unique seashell and coral floor formations which line the magical rock pools.
The reputation of Animal Flower Cave as being a natural wonder of the world is long since undisputed. Since its discovery and documentation over 300 years ago by two English explorers, it has attracted the interests of scientists, natural historians and visitors alike. The unusual moniker of the cave itself was attributed to the Sea Anemones which still inhabit the caves today. In his 1750 book ‘The Natural History of Barbados’ the Rev. Griffith Hughes first noted that the cave dwelling Sea Anemones resembled flowers and moved when touched. Following the publication of the clerics book centuries ago, the fascinating combination of geological treasures and marine organisms have made this wondrous location a must see attraction in Barbados.
Our Coquina gemstone jewellery collection offers only hand selected, naturally sourced pieces from the unique floor of the Caribbean Sea caves. Whilst the sea caves are home to the stone used in Coquina jewellery, all pieces collected have been organically sourced and officially approved for jewellery manufacture for C W Sellors by the Animal Flower Cave. Each Coquina jewellery piece has been specifically chosen for its colour, texture and suitability for award winning jewellers C W Sellors to work into a unique range of settings and designs. Once cut, shaped and polished, each piece of Coquina is transformed into a personal Gem of the Caribbean which can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
With fully equipped stone and metal workshops, C W Sellors have earned a reputation for manufacturing award winning jewellery collections with unique gemstones sourced from around the world.
In addition to the Coquina gemstone, current partnerships include C W Sellors collaboration with English Heritage to produce a distinctive and exclusive jewellery collection using Preseli Bluestone – the actual stone used thousands of years ago for the construction of one of Britain’s most iconic, mysterious and ancient structures, Stonehenge.