Black Coral Clinic is a real find if you are looking for authentic hand made black coral jewelry. Set in a shack (theoretically it used to be a garage but it does not look much like one now) with the words "the Bikini House" over the door, it is the showroom for jewelry and a few hand-etched glass panes as well as the eccentric owner's collection of thongs, bikinis and marbles. Carey Hurleston (Doctor Carey to his friends) is a heavily tattooed ex-Hell's Angel. All the coral sold here is from Cayman waters, and was harvested from the deep waters some 2 decades ago before the reef was protected. He continues to have a bucket sitting on the floor to show visitors what the coral looks like before he works his magic. Doc Carey personally fashions the coral into pendents, ear rings and bracelets with nothing we saw more than $50 CI ( $62.50 US) The pendents we bought were $25 CI ($31 US) each - a real bargain for hand hand-made jewelry by anyone's standard.
We spent a delightful hour chatting with Doc Carey, hearing about the bikini and thong collection (he wants to be in the Guiness Book of World Records). I asked if he had personally worn each one and he just smiled. We discussed everything from the extensive marble collection to his views on American politics, and received a short history lesson on Alexander Hamilton.
Even if you don't want any black coral jewelry, stopping by to chat is worth the time.
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