Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes our unique necklace lei, hat bands, bracelets, and key chains handcrafted on Maui. We reinterpret traditional Hawaiian Lei using a vast assortment of glass and natural beads, Japanese silk and natural fibers using a wide array of braiding techniques and inspirations from across the globe.
This 11" anklet (or large bracelet or even a choker) was inspired by the beautiful necklaces of Ni'iHau (The Forbidden Island) but was handcrafted using hundreds of glass beads from Japan loaded onto multiple cords then woven together on a wooden Marudai stand. The hibiscus flower charm adds a unique feature and it is finished with a strong shiny silver toned magnet end cap to ensure it is secure. These anklets feel wonderful to wear and require little to almost no care by using a clean dry towel every few months to keep dust free and bright.
Akalei Designs make great gifts for woman, girls, and men! Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which truly describes this unique style only available on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet classic Hawaiian looking lei. For customized orders please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braid making technique that creates beautiful and durable interlaced necklaces and bracelets. This art form goes back hundreds of years as braids were made for use in armor of Samurai warriors. In modern times these braids are used for belts (obijime) on kimonos
It is my goal to provide you with a long lasting, beautiful piece of jewelry that you will enjoy wearing for years to come. I take great care in the construction of my pieces to ensure just that. Please note: colors may slightly differ from their appearance on your display, as it depends on your monitor settings.
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