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Who are we?

We are a husband and wife team that have been working together for over
20 years. We've been very fortunate to live, for the most part, in exotic tourist destinations.

A couple of years ago we settled in Europe. After touring for 6 months to find a suitable location, we based ourselves in Limburg, The Netherlands.....can't explain it, but there was a sense of familiarity, an attraction.  After many years in St Maarten, we felt the pull to something bigger.

We've had been living in St Maarten for over 8 years. Our location in Simpson Bay was perfectly suited to our working style of daily interaction with people and filled with creative joy.

But let's start at an earlier point. Hans was born in Pretoria, South Africa to Dutch parents, who still spoke Dutch at home. Hans, from and early age was started "taking things apart". It was only natural to be interested in gemstones and jewelry, since he has a long lineage of family, who were and still are clockmakers. Hans studied gemcutting in Idar-Oberstein  and did his jewelry apprenticeship under tutelage of Mr. Shane Hartdegen.

Anne was born in Swakopmund, Namibia to German parents, speaking German at home. Her parents then moved to Pretoria, South Africa where she completed her schooling and started working for an insurance company in the claims department. After promotions and a few years in the industry, she knew that this was not her chosen field and had already made the decision to resign, when she met Hans.

In our early days working together, we naturally slotted into rolls that we were good at, at the same time unifying, yet separating tasks. An opportunity presented itself to open our jewelry shop named Serol-wana Jewellery in an upmarket safari lodge called Mowana Safari Lodge in Kasane, Botswana.
  Serol-wana Jewellery Shop located in Mowana Safari Lodge, Kasane Botswana - Excuse the picture quality....pre-digital. We developed our "signature look" here. It compliments and speaks about our jewelry style.  
  Arial view of Mowana Safari Lodge nestling along the Chobe River, the international border between Namibia and Botswana                        
  Mowana Safari Lodge is situated a few kilometers from The Chobe National Park, home to 57 000 elephants and many other wildlife species. One of the most unspoilt nature areas.  
  From our Botswana base we expanded to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We opened Elephant Hills Jewellers in the Intercontinental Elephant Hills Hotel.  
Elephant Hills Jewellers located in Intercontinental Elephant Hills Hotel - We identified this under-utilized area below the staircase, where we had the structure built for the shop. To the left was the casino and the right was the entrance to the restaurant.
And Hans built his workshop in a space on the hotel roof that was not used. His bench is the brightly coloured one, that also served as a mobile bench. The other work stations were for the apprentices.
This picture on the left was taken at the opening of our shop and on the right are the staff members of Elephant Hills Jewellers
Every three or four days we traveled between the two countries, managing our businesses on both sides. Many tourist visited the Victoria Falls and the Chobe National Park, where we were privileged to live for over 10 years. Political circumstances necessitated a review of our operation, which then led us to St Maarten.
   Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  

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