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.
Opalescent White with Brown Daggers & Yellow Lentil Beaded Haku Necklace Lei - 23"
This unique Opalescent Crystal White Rose Petal Lei includes hundreds of white rose petal leaves and is accented with crystal yellow rainbow lentil beads and in the center of the 11" section are translucent brown dagger beads. The glow actually emanates from the Antique Ivory Pearl Ceylon Miyuki Seed Beads. Finally the silver metallic clasp will lock with tiny points inside the clasp to keep this secure. This lei has a sleek feel and drapes beautifully when worn. You will absolutely love it - and even better it is a perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary.
This unique glass beaded necklace lei available exclusively at Akalei Designs, was inspired by the beautiful floral Haku (also known as Po’o) Lei traditionally worn around the head.Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes this unique necklace lei design style handcrafted only here on Maui. We reinterpret 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.
This beautiful hand made style 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 braid pattern), then finished with a very powerful gold toned magnet end cap.
The necklace is created 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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