One aspect that makes the Big Island so unique is the fact that it draws many creative minds from all corners of the globe. The trade of jewelry making has become a booming business model here in Hawai’i, so it’s only natural to highlight a few local artists and their one-of-a-kind jewelry for you to consider giving as gifts this holiday season. A pair of earrings, a dainty necklace, or an even more exotic piece of Big Island handmade jewelry would make the perfect stocking stuffer for the jewelry aficionado in your life. If you’re feeling crafty, we’ve even included a couple of bead shops so you can delve into the endless possibilities of jewelry making yourself.
Big Island Made, Handcrafted Jewelry
The jeweler behind Kona Jungle Jewelry, Sally, trained in jewelry making in New York City before she found herself in Hawai’i—where she practices ancient techniques of creating glass beads.
Located in Holualoa, Quill & Feather is a gem of a shop that shares a unique space with Pueo Boutique (listed below). Owner and designer of Quill & Feather, Hannah Price, makes all of her pieces by hand right there in the shop. If you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind piece that will last a lifetime, Hannah’s your gal.
Using resin and immense skill, jeweler Peter Honeyman uses his craft to create a variety of distinctive pieces. Made with real flowers, these beauties of nature can be preserved for a lifetime in the form of a necklace or even a pair of earrings.
Big Island Bead Stores
If you’re anything like me, you probably got pretty crafty during the height of the stay-at-home orders. While I’m no jeweler, I did manage to create a few pairs of earrings (shown right) using materials bought from da Bead Shop to give to my friends and family this Christmas! Not only is it fun to do, but it adds a sentimental component to gift-giving when your present is Big Island handmade jewelry made by you.
For those of you living on the east side of the island, this is your place to get all of your jewelry-making supplies. Create a simple necklace or a pair of earrings that your loved ones will cherish forever.
Check out our previous articles for more holiday gift ideas: