History of Hawaiian Jewelry:
Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry is finely handcrafted in 14k gold and personalized with black, blue, red or pink enamel lettering. Back in 1887, Queen Lili'uokalani (Hawaii's last reigning monarch) traveled to London to attend the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. At that time, Queen Victoria presented her a gold bracelet specially engraved with her name and filled with black enamel in Old English lettering. Queen Lili‘uokalani loved that bracelet and she worn it always.
Black enameled jewelry was so popular for British upper classes and always worn by Queen Victoria. Since in the late 1700s, the cultural influences of the British in the Hawaiian Islands became strong. Queen Lili‘uokalani was initially inspired by Queen Victoria’s bracelet; this traditional British black enameled jewelry became popular in Hawaiian’s Royal families. Queen Lili‘uokalani was the first one to create Hawaiian flowers and plants designs which were engraving on gold bracelets, rings and pendants. She also enameled all her jewelry with person’s name, initial or Hawaiian words as the center piece. Queen Lili‘uokalani gave out bracelets to her people as an expression of appreciation for loyal service. Since then, a traditional Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry was born.
In 1895, Queen Lili‘uokalani’s Kingdom was overthrown. Since then, Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry is a symbol in remembrance of Hawaiian culture as well as for others to admire. Over the years with creativity and imagination, local jewelers have expanded the Hawaiian Heirloom collection to include different kinds of bracelets, pendants, rings, earrings and necklaces. Today’s Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry is worn proudly by people and given as gifts on very special occasions such as birthday celebrations, graduations, anniversaries and significant career achievements. Also, this valuable jewelry collection always can pass from one generation to the next.