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.
Hawai’i Inspired "Forbidden Island" Choker Necklace with Red Focal Section - 14"
The necklace was inspired by the beautiful multicolor shell necklaces made famous on the Hawaiian island of Ni'iHau (The Forbidden Island). This necklace was designed using natural earth tone Picasso beads segmented into yellow, brown then red in the center section. The ends use limestone white and the segments are separated using White Luster Pinch beads. A silver toned magnet holds this securely around your neck (or double wrap bracelet).
This beautiful handmade choker style necklace was made using hundreds of glass Japanese seed beads on multiple nylon cords that are woven together on a wooden Marudai stand then finished with a strong shiny silver magnet end cap to ensure it is secure.
Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which describes this unique style only available here on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet familiar Hawaiian lei. These "Forbidden Island Inspired Choker Necklace" can be made into various lengths (from 10” up to 45”) prices will vary with length or materials used.
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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