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Jewelry Designer Rebecca Zeijdel-Paz Shares her Local’s Guide to the Caribbean Island of Curaçao

Monica Mendal, Vogue


If you’re looking for more than just a tropical escape (and a break from the crowds), Aruba’s lesser-known sibling island, Curaçao, is worth the visit. A constituent country of the Netherlands, Curaçao is a melting pot of cultures—its official languages are Dutch, Papiamento, and English—and with its close proximity to Venezuela, it’s not uncommon to hear Spanish across the island as well.

Culturally rich and layered with history, Curaçao’s beauty is comprised of more than just nice beaches and translucent Caribbean water. Among the beautiful beaches and coral reefs, there’s bustling nightlife with eclectic eats, as well as a plethora of historically picturesque towns and sights to explore—an idiosyncratic amalgamation that makes you feel as though you’re in a cool bohemian town in the South of France, but with the joie de vivre energy of the Caribbean.

Curaçao native Rebecca Zeijdel-Paz of Beck Jewels designs her line of tropical jewelry out of her studio in Williamsburg, a space she created to feel like a home away from home complete with a hammock, bougainvillea plants, and straw bags hanging from every nook. “Life [in Curaçao] moves in a slow rhythmic way; it’s warm and intoxicatingly beautiful,” Zeijdel-Paz says. Her longing to bring the beauty of Curaçao with her to New York was the reason she started designing in the first place. Curaçao’s tropical hues, diverse culture, and architecture serve as inspiration for her jewelry. And with every trip home, there’s always something new to discover.

Read the full article, originally published on November 7, 2017, on Vogue Travel.
Cover photo by Rebecca Zeijdel-Paz.