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.
Double Strand "Forbidden Island" Necklace and Hoop Leverback Earrings (30”)
For local Hawaii residents the only time this style of necklace is seen might be in a local museum or a gallery. It is because these are traditionally made on the Hawaiian island of Ni'iHau (The Forbidden Island) with tiny shell only found there. This 30" necklace was inspired by those beautiful necklaces, but was handcrafted using over one thousand glass beads from Japan loaded onto multiple nylon cords then woven together on a wooden Marudai stand. It is finished with a strong shiny silver etched toned magnet end cap to ensure it is secure. Two large beaded loops made with silver plated leverback earrings join in making this a really unique and treasured set. These necklace feels 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. (Bracelet/Anklet in cover photo is sold separately).
Similar designs can be made into lengths (from 16” up to 45”) and prices will vary with length or materials used. Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which truly describes this unique style only available here on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet familiar Hawaiian lei. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braid making technique that creates beautiful and strong interlaced cords. This art form goes back hundreds of years as braids were made for use in armor of Japanese samurai warriors. In modern times these braids are designed as belts (obijime) used 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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