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12 Days of Christmas Ultimate Gift Guide: Day 5 — Big Island Handmade Jewelry

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

Nomad Hawai’i

Hand-woven with the unique medium of Bobbiny cord right here on Hawai’i Island, these bursts of happiness are sure to be the centerpiece of any outfit.

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Kona Jungle Jewelry
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Kona Jungle 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.

Quill & Feather Jewelry

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.

Quill & Feather Jewelry
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Pueo Boutique
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Pueo Boutique

The other half to Quill & Feather’s boutique space, Pueo Boutique, brings a different kind of jewelry taste to the table. Beautiful and timeless, many of Amy’s pieces are hammered by hand and incorporate the highest quality of Tahitian pearls.

Big Island Jewelers

Family owned and operated since 1983, this classic jeweler makes custom pieces and has a wide selection of gold and silver works of wearable art right in downtown Kona.

Big Island Jewelers
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Ari'i Hawai’i
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Ari’i Hawai’i

Using Tahitian pearls as the main attraction for most of her pieces, Ari’i Hawai’i jewelry offers a variety of customizable silver and gold jewelry that everyone will love.

LVC Jewelry

14k gold filled metals, chains, and finishing take the spotlight for this Kapaau-based jeweler. This is your one-stop shop if your loved one fancies island-inspired jewels.

LVC Jewelry
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Hawaiian Jewelry by Nai’a Elle
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Hawaiian Jewelry by Nai’a Elle

Hawai’i raised artist, Nai’a, has paved her way into the Big Island jeweler scene with her beautiful minimalist pieces that feature essences of the island.

Peter Honeyman’s Real Flower Jewelry

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.

Peter Honeyman’s Real Flower Jewelry
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Hina’s Treasures
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Hina’s Treasures

Artist Renee Scofield combined her love for her home of Hawai’i and passion for fashion into timeless, wearable pieces of art using gold-filled, rose gold-filled, and silver metals.

Big Island Bead Stores

da Bead Shop

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.

da Bead Shop
Kaula Art & Beads
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Kaula Art & Beads

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.

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