19. MAKE A JEWEL OF A FIND

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Land Diversions -

The Hawai­ian Islands have a tra­di­tion and (spir­i­tual mana power) of their own, which visi­tors get a taste of while watch­ing per­for­mances, sight­see­ing hula on trop­i­cal tours and sa­vor­ing lo­cal dishes. LO­CALLY IN­SPIRED AND CRAFTED JEW­ELRY of­fers a per­ma­nent way to trans­port that ex­pe­ri­ence back home.

You may have heard of or even seen many (lo­cals) kama‘aina sport­ing a piece of HAWAI­IAN HEIR­LOOM JEW­ELRY. This style of jew­elry, typ­i­cally made of yel­low gold fea­tur­ing scroll­work and Old English let­ter­ing, harkens back to the days of the HAWAI­IAN MONAR­CHY. To­day, pieces— bracelets, pen­dants and rings— are given to ladies at mile­stones such as birth­days or grad­u­a­tions. An­other form of is­land jew­elry high­lights shells. These may be a ban­gle strung through a shell the crafter found on the beach or a pair of ear­rings or an eye-catch­ing neck­lace. Most cov­eted amongst these styles are those made of the rare NI‘IHAU SHELL (some neck­laces sell for thou­sands of dol­lars) or pieces that in­clude SUN­RISE SHELLS. Other pop­u­lar jew­elry styles in­clude use of TAHITIAN PEARLS AND MOTHER OF PEARL, as well as de­pic­tions of sea life (whales, tur­tles, dol­phins).

MAUI DIVERS JEW­ELRY (808) 662-8666

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