Golden Lei Mahina
The kūpeʻe is a nocturnal animal that hides during the day and appears to feed only on the darkest of nights. The golden ring around the kūpe`e shell symbolizes muku, the mark of an absent moon on the Hawaiian tide calendar; this being the preferred time to pick kūpeʻe. The name of this piece comes from 2 Hawaiian words, “lei” meaning adornment, and “mahina” meaning moon.
This piece is handcrafted in 14k gold fill, on a 18" chain. Width of pendant: 2"
green tea leaves is handcrafted, cut, shaped, and finished with a lightly hammered texture.
A note from the artist:
simple, architectural, and minimal metal from honolulu, hawaii.
I am an architect by trade, handcrafting simple and minimal jewelry in 14k gold fill and solid sterling silver.
As an architect, I am drawn to simple lines and strong shapes. There is also a strong relationship with us and our materiality and respecting the inherent qualities in them, so I keep a raw, organic edge to all of my pieces with natural cut gemstones and hammered finishes.
Architects always make sure buildings are comfortable to the human scale and take particular notice to everything at a touchable level. I am also greatly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of "wabi-sabi" - the beauty of imperfection and naturalness. Thus, each of my pieces are finished to showcase its handcrafted process: hand cut, shaped, hammered, and polished.
Jewelry design and metalsmithing is such a tactile and malleable medium that I love so much. The dichotomy of it calls for a great deal of precision and timing and is limited to the physical properties of metal and heat, but at the same time is so completely open to your imagination. It is also incredibly satisfying to be able to create a concrete form of the images floating around in my mind.
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