Creator Of ASJ
Tara Lomonte aka Miss CANguilla is a born resident of Canada with extended family ties in Anguilla. She started visiting beautiful AXA in February 2012 after experiencing many hardships and losing her mother to brain cancer.
Since her first vacation there, and subsequent visits which have become longer and longer, the island has become a second home to her with a growing number of her friends and extended family residing there.
After visiting the first couple of times Tara wanted to find some special Anguilla souvenirs to bring home to family and friends. Being an avid jewellery lover and after extensive shopping she realized, although there are many high end jewellery shops on the island, it was impossible to find any direct link to Anguilla in any piece of jewellery that was going to last over time, especially with daily wear and the high salty air! Many of her own pieces of costume jewellery turned her skin green in a couple hours, some breaking within a week of wear there. Searching around and finding only a tiny flip flop charm that had tiny pen writing saying the name Anguilla in small black ink in St. Martin, the neighbouring island to Anguilla, February 2014, Tara came up with the idea for creating a few small pieces of jewellery that honour and represent Anguilla.
Out of this came the concept for AXA Signature Jewellery. Working through many obstacles over the last 5 years and learning along the way, Miss CANguilla has formed a partnership with one of Canada's top jewellers. Together they have designed and created high quality pieces that honours Anguilla and all she represents. ASJ is proud to put our name on all our original and custom collection pieces and show them off to the world.
Tara refers to the collection as "Luxurious Memories of Paradise" as she has strived to create each piece with high quality, each piece is unique and made to last a lifetime just like your memories of your time in our beautiful paradise; Anguilla.
AXA SIGNATURE JEWELLERY (ASJ) was inspired by and created to reflect the small coral island of Anguilla, BWI. This luxurious paradise is a small hidden gem tucked away from the world offering exclusive vacationing and luxury resorts and villas with 33 of the most amazing beaches you have seen along with plenty of boating activities, luxury food selections and a wide variety of talented local musical entertainment.
Anguilla offers world class cuisine and fine dining throughout the island. The main draw, however, in Miss CANguilla's experience, is the locals themselves. Anguillans are a very proud, welcoming and friendly people. The island soon becomes like a second home in your heart. Most visitors (like Tara) are frequent repeat visitors.
AXA Signature Jewellery's creator wanted to create custom, high quality, and luxurious jewellery pieces that symbolize all that AXA encompasses and represents! Every detail from the name and logo, each concept of every piece and it's luxurious quality is a deep reflection and decision on how ASJ sees Anguilla
The ASJ logo is black and gold to exude luxury and includes a British Crown to represent the fact that it is still a British island. Anguilla's national bird is the Dove, which we showcase over the crown on the logo. ASJ chose to include AXA in the company name as it is the island's airport code and also what she is often lovingly referred to by all those that have visited or live there. For these reasons, ASJ thought it only fitting to use AXA as the name of the first Collection.
The dolphin necklace was inspired and designed as it is the highlight on the Anguillan flag.
Many other luxurious pieces are continuously being conceived in design and created over time.
ASJ uses only precious metals such as 10kt and 14kt yellow gold,white gold and rose gold, as well as, sterling silver.
Any colours used in stones will be the 3 island colours of orange, blue and white. ASJ will represent those colours using high quality gems such as; diamonds, blue aquamarine and orange sapphire. There are pieces in the collection for both men and women so anyone can enjoy these quality designs and styles.
ASJ's "Luxurious Memories of Paradise" will last a lifetime just like your beautiful memories of your stay in AXA paradise.
Our team hopes that you take as much pride in wearing and loving these pieces as we did in creating them.