Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2016 - Page 136

A Sweet Love Story lives at CARIBBEAN GEMS in St. Maarten Was it just coincidence or were these two just destined to meet? It all started years, ago, when, at the tender age love story continues. Were these just coincidences or had the universe planned to bring these two souls together? of 23, Manu Budhrani left his home town in Pune, India and travelled to St. Maarten. Upon his arrival, he opened a small store which he called Caribbean Gems. Shortly after, 15,000 km away from his home town, Manu met Neelam, a young lady from India who was visiting relatives in St. Maarten. Side by side, Manu and Neelam worked hard to build Caribbean Gems to what it is today, one of the top rated jewelry stores in St. Maarten with two locations on Front Street, Philipsburg (the Dutch side of the island). They fell in love.... yes, at first sight! Their stored started with the sale of gold and silver jewelry, slowly added fine jewelry including emeralds from Colombia, Tanzanites from Africa and other semi-precious gems from South America. Today, they specialize primarily in certified loose diamonds but still carry a large variety of fine jewelry, watches and many brands of designer jewelry such as Frieda Rothman, Zeghani and more. They are also able to to custom-make jewelry per client’s specifications, in their in-house workshop. Incredibly, these two were from the same home town, Pune, in India. Even more incredible is that they lived just one street away from each other, but never met in Pune. It seems they were destined to meet on this tiny island in the Caribbean. Their story continues... both Manu and Neelan are vegetarians and, they made the decision to become vegetarians the very same year, about 10 years before they met. It gets better - their parents both share the same wedding anniversary date, May 4th! There, on the beautiful island of St. Maarten where their love story began, Manu asked Neelan to be his wife and they were wed on the island of Puerto Rico in 1984. Thirty-two years later, their Throughout the year, Manu and Neelam travels to jewelry trade shows around the world seeking fine 132