You certainly know Fabienne Miot, jeweler in Gustavia since 1978, famous for her original creations.
You certainly also know her for her natural warmth, her hearty welcome, eclectic taste and open-mindedness.
A creator at heart, both an aesthete and a bohemian, Fabienne loves inventing, innovating and surprising, whether at carnival, at the theater, on her canvases, or more recently in the choice of her latest car; she expresses her creativity, following her instincts and surprising many people.
A major figure at Carnival, Fabienne likes dressing up, and expresses herself without restraint through the inventiveness of her costumes. She starts several months before the beginning of Carnival, to choose the theme and think about her costume.
From Carnival to stage acting, she enjoys playing different roles. For 11 years, she has been one of the pillars of the local theater troupe.
In 2017, 15 days before Irma, Fabienne felt like painting. To create a universe which did not exist. “I let myself go. Initially I wanted to paint a huge wave. But as time went by, I realized that I was painting a hurricane eye, almost against my will . . . “. Her intuition unfortunately proved her right.
Dancing, especially salsa, is also an activity where she likes to express herself. “A moment of relaxation and conviviality that I appreciate because there is no social distinction or judgment. ”
Fabienne fulfills her desires. The latest: her car
“I love small cars, and I always dreamed of a 500 until I just went for it.
Her pleasure: taking the time to criss-cross the roads on weekends with her 50-year-old pink Fiat.
Stay tuned for more surprises …
A look back at history
In 1975, Fabienne, 12 years old, arrived on vacation in Saint-Barths with her parents who were jewelers in Normandy, France. They fell in love at first sight with the island and settled there six months later. Very soon, her parents opened a jewelry store, then carrying luxury brands, following evolving demand on the island.
She remembers arriving at middle school in Gustavia. “We were only two from metropolitan France, at the time, I was super shy. I was invited by my classmates and got to discover Saint-Barths, its traditions and customs.”
Divided between studying and creating, she chose to work in the family jewelry store.
Soon, she created unique pieces, attracted by metal. “I’ve always liked working with blowtorches. It is like an extension of my hand. It is often by working on the material that each piece of jewelry gets to evolve.”
In 1985, her parents sold the jewelry store and she kept the workshop part.
In 1990, she opened a small jewelry shop in Gustavia, which started to grow. In 1996, the current store opened. Fabienne’s uniqueness is undoubtedly her faculty to adapt to each person’s specific needs. Her pleasure: advising and helping everyone find the piece that will please them.
Her talent: finding the jewelry piece, the stone that suits her customer. She likes advising and enjoys relationships with others. She can keep a stone in her chest for several years, until she finds the person it is going to suit. She remembers a ruby that remained in the chest for more than 20 years before it found its owner.