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.
Turquoise Picasso with Topaz Magatama Beads Hawaiian Inspired Necklace Lei - 29"
The blend of Turquoise Picasso and Topaz Transparent Magatama (Dragon Scale) beads are eye catching and beautiful. It is finished with a copper toned metallic magnetic end cap. The combination of segments was design exclusively at Akalei Designs - the stripe is unique with hundreds of beads woven onto 8 cords especially with the magatama beads.
This necklace lei is perfect for those who attend the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, Hawaii each April. 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 this style of necklace are traditionally made on the Hawaiian island of Ni'iHau (The Forbidden Island) with tiny shells only found there. We are inspired by those unique lei necklace and designed these to broaden the availability of newer and affordable necklace lei.
It was handcrafted using hundreds of glass beads from Japan that were then loaded onto multiple nylon cords and woven together on a wooden Marudai stand. It is finished with a strong magnet end cap to ensure it is secure. The necklace feels wonderful to wear and requires little to almost no care by using a clean dry towel every few months to keep dust free and bright.
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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