Each month, Caribbean Queen at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall honors one local female artist who lives and creates here. The Caribbean Queen program was launched when the store opened in late 2011, and has been running successfully ever since.
For the month of November 2015, local artist Geraldine Romero is the boutique's celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing her charming handcrafted jewelry line.
Born with fashion awareness in her DNA, Geraldine Romero is the leading lady of her own brand, called Malamaruba. Eldest daughter of a tailor and a homemaker, she loved collecting stones and objects of interest as a teen, fashioning her own jewelry that she'd wear on special occasions and even sell from time to time at her father’s Galaxy boutique.
Geraldine is electric in her artistic pursuits and in possession of the courage it takes to follow her own path, yet her smile is infectious and she is highly approachable.
Once clients familiarize themselves with her aesthetics, they recognize her jewelry as one-of-a-kind, magical, colorful, presenting a unique form of ethnic craftsmanship, and not very minimalistic, yet exuding strength, love, and energy. “Jewelry that makes you feel good, which is easy to wear every day,” she says.
Inspired by nature and the most extraordinary shapes, textures, and color combinations around her, Geraldine also finds inspiration in her dreams, technology, literature, movies, history, culture, her travels, global art, and people from around the globe. “Everything around me,” she says, “feeds me and is part of the story I want to tell through Malamaruba accessories.”
Caribbean Queen earmarks a percentage of all sales for its Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World) program. The collected funds are given quarterly to local not-for-profit organizations in an ongoing effort to serve the community. All the foundations served with donations from Caribbean Queen are dedicated to the promotion of art and artisan education on the island.
Enjoy unique jewelry by Geraldine throughout the month of November, and drop in to witness a live demonstration of her craft at the boutique on the third Thursday of the month in the evening hours.