Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes our unique necklace lei handcrafted only on Maui. We reinterpret and illuminate traditional Hawaiian Lei using a vast assortment of glass and natural beads, Japanese silk and synthetic fibers, and a wide variety of braiding techniques and inspirations from across the globe.
"Cigar" Hawaiian Garden Lei - Yellow and Orange Hawaiian Inspired Necklace - 29"
Normally this lei is made with hundreds of tiny blooms. This contemporary version is a "forever" lei necklace with vibrant orange and yellow glass beads. With approximately 1200 beads this handcrafted spiral necklace is made using a kumihimo technique of braiding in these tiny glass beads called "Rizos" (each the size of a grain of rice) and can be tricky to bead in just right. This necklace is complimented with a strong gold toned metallic magnetic end cap for added security and ease when putting it on.
This Summer 2021 design captures the essence of Aloha - and even better it is a perfect gift for a friend or loved one since this lei will last forever!These necklaces 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. As a beautiful glass beaded necklace lei each necklace is handmade on Maui and involves meticulous attention to detail while braiding.
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes this unique necklace lei design style available only here on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet familiar Hawaiian Lei for woman, girls, men and boys.
This beautiful hand made lei was made using hundreds of glass Japanese seed beads on multiple cords that are woven together on a wooden marudai stand (in a kongo gumi kumihimo braid pattern).
The necklace is woven together using an ancient Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo, a Japanese word for “gathered threads". This art form goes back hundreds of years as braids were made for use in armor for Japanese samurai warriors. In modern times these braids are designed as belts (obijime) that are worn as a belt with a kimono.
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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