Close your eyes and for a moment imagine a sandy beach and crystal blue waters, palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze and a quiet calm washing over your spirit! When I first met Maria of Caribbean Dreams, I couldn’t help but picture such a scene. But the scene is not complete without a touch of spice! Maria’s vibrant personality and her longing to return to her home in Cuba one day add the final touches to this beautiful picture.
Maria owns Caribbean Dreams on Zibbet, where she offers her original jewelry pieces. Maria works with metal clay, wire and gemstones, designing beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art! Maria is new to Zibbet, joining the community in April of this year. Currently Maria’s favorite item is Fine Silver & Bronze Tree in Moonlight. Maria selected this piece because it “conjures immediate feelings of peace and oneness with the beauty of nature.” Maria is very particular about the gemstones she selects for her jewelry designs and never knowingly uses stones that have been dyed. Because few things in nature have straight lines, Maria’s designs are characterized by curving lines and coils. While window shopping in Maria’s Zibbet shop, I was immediately attracted to her Fine Silver Tree of Life pendant. I also love this Freeform Rhyolite 3 pendant.
Although Maria currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, she dreams of returning to her homeland one day. She wants her husband to have the opportunity to experience true Cuban culture “so that he realizes that making enough food for an army regardless of how many people will be at dinner is a cultural thing.”
Speaking of food, Maria told me that if she were an herb she would be the leaf form of cilantro because it brings a mild spice to foods. She also relates to coriander, which is the lemony flavored seed form of cilantro. Maria says that the changeability of this herb “speaks volumes” to her.
Maria promised herself years ago that she would never grow up. She loves art and has found her niche creating jewelry that reflects the beauty of nature. In response to the question, “If you were an animal, what would you be and why?” Maria said that she would be an eagle soaring on the air currents, looking down on the world with few worries!
Maria is quite happy with her life and can’t think of anyone she would like to trade places with, not even for a day. When asked who she would choose to play the leading role in a movie about her life, Maria’s answer was Lauren Bacall. Maria identified Bacall as a “quintessential strong, independent woman”. When her career in banking suddenly ended due to being laid off, Maria discovered that she is stronger than she thought and is enjoying being able to pursue her jewelry making passion full time.
I am a former high school biology and computer teacher turned needlework and beaded jewelry designer. My design style is fairly "traditional" but I surprise myself occasionally and find myself outside that box. I love color and texture.
I have three Zibbet shops. LOC Design Studio offers a variety of beaded jewelry and gift items. Denim and Pearls offers pearl jewelry and jewelry made from recycled denim embellished with pearls. A Stitch and a Prayer offers original counted thread needlework patterns with Christian and family themes.
I very much enjoy creating custom jewelry designs requested by my customers. Designing items that make you happy truly makes me happy!