Monday, January 7, 2013

Ahead of the Carve

Coconut carvings shine in local jewelry line

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Photo courtesy: Jake Johnson

Whoa. Last night's season premiere of Downton Abbey was a real doozy.

The Grantham family came dangerously close to financial ruin, Cora's mother put the entire house on edge, and (yay!) Mary and Matthew finally made it down the aisle.

Seriously, what will the Brits think up next?

Cute jewelry, for starters. As in natural, carved pieces by England native-turned-Kailua resident Alina Bwy.

The 28-year-old saws most of her designs out of a coconut shell, then gives them a thorough sanding to remove the husk and add polish. In a matter of hours, the once ordinary shell is transformed into simple, yet stunning pieces of jewelry.

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Slip on a soaring bird necklace or hang beautifully-patterned triangles from your ears. You'll look simply divine, whether you're heading to the market or out to dinner.

Looking for something with a little more bite? Hook a pair of real shark's tooth hoop earrings, which Bwy solders and hammers herself (the teeth come from a friend who worked on a fishing boat).

You might call Bwy's work a merging of cultures. She gained an appreciation for woodworking while attending high school in Brighton, England. Then, a six-month sailing voyage through the south Pacific opened her eyes to the beauty of raw materials and unique crafting techniques. She's been making jewelry ever since.

It's amazing what a trip across the pond can do.

$15-$45, available at Maya Bella Boutique, 35 Kainehe St., #105, (808) 262-3300.

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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