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Hawaiian jewelry is known for its beauty, intricacy, and unique designs. From traditional pieces to modern styles, there's something for everyone. However, not all Hawaiian jewelry is created equal. At Dolphin Galleries, we specialize in high-end gold and diamond Hawaiian jewelry that is truly exceptional. In this guide, we'll explore the history of Hawaiian jewelry, the different types of pieces available, and why you should choose Dolphin Galleries for your next purchase.
The History of Hawaiian Jewelry
Hawaiian jewelry has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. Traditional pieces were made from materials like bone, shell, and feathers and were worn as symbols of status and wealth. The arrival of Westerners in Hawaii brought new materials and techniques to the islands, including gold and silver. Hawaiian jewelers began to incorporate these materials into their designs, creating pieces that were both beautiful and unique.
The Influence of Queen Kapiolani
Queen Kapiolani, the wife of King Kalakaua, played a significant role in the development of Hawaiian jewelry. She was known for her love of jewelry and encouraged local jewelers to create pieces that reflected Hawaiian culture and traditions. Queen Kapiolani also introduced the use of diamonds in Hawaiian jewelry, which became a popular trend among the wealthy.
Types of Hawaiian Jewelry
Hawaiian jewelry comes in a variety of styles and materials. Some of the most popular types of Hawaiian jewelry include:
Lei Po'o, also known as flower crowns, are a traditional Hawaiian accessory that is worn on the head. They are made from fresh flowers or silk flowers and are often worn for special occasions like weddings or graduations.
Heirloom jewelry is a term used to describe traditional Hawaiian jewelry that has been passed down from generation to generation. These pieces are often made from materials like bone or shell and are highly valued for their cultural significance.
Makau, or fish hook necklaces, are a popular type of Hawaiian jewelry. They are made from materials like bone or wood and are often carved with intricate designs. Makau are considered to be a symbol of strength and prosperity.
Ku'uipo rings are a type of Hawaiian engagement ring that is often given as a symbol of love and commitment. They are typically made from gold or silver and are adorned with diamonds or other precious stones.
Why Choose Dolphin Galleries
At Dolphin Galleries, we specialize in high-end gold and diamond Hawaiian jewelry that is truly exceptional. Our pieces are carefully crafted by skilled artisans who take pride in their work. We use only the finest materials, including 18-karat gold and conflict-free diamonds. When you purchase a piece from Dolphin Galleries, you can be sure that you are getting a truly unique and high-quality piece of jewelry.
Our Commitment to Sustainability
We are committed to sustainability and ethical sourcing practices. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that our materials are sourced responsibly and are not contributing to environmental harm or social injustice. We believe that it is important to not only create beautiful jewelry but to also do so in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible.
Hawaiian jewelry is a beautiful and unique way to celebrate Hawaiian culture and traditions. Whether you're looking for a traditional piece or a modern design, Dolphin Galleries has something for everyone. With our commitment to quality and sustainability, you can be sure that you are getting a truly exceptional piece of jewelry.
What materials are used in Dolphin Galleries' Hawaiian jewelry?
We use only the finest materials, including 18-karat gold and conflict-free diamonds. We also offer pieces made from other materials like silver and platinum.
Do you offer customization options?
Yes, we offer customization options for many of our pieces. Please contact us for more information.
What is your return policy?
We offer a 30-day return policy on all of our pieces. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, please contact us to initiate a return.
Do you offer financing options?
Yes, we offer financing options through our partner, Affirm. Please contact us for more information.
Where are Dolphin Galleries' pieces made?
Many of our pieces are made in Hawaii by skilled local artisans. We also work with artisans from other parts of the world to bring you a diverse selection of high-quality jewelry.
What is the significance of Hawaiian jewelry?
Hawaiian jewelry is deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture and traditions. Traditional pieces were worn as symbols of status and wealth, while modern pieces often incorporate traditional designs and motifs. Hawaiian jewelry is a beautiful way to celebrate Hawaiian culture and history.
Do you offer repairs and maintenance services?
Yes, we offer repairs and maintenance services for all of our pieces. Please contact us for more information.
What is the difference between traditional and modern Hawaiian jewelry?
Traditional Hawaiian jewelry is often made from materials like bone or shell and is highly valued for its cultural significance. Modern Hawaiian jewelry often incorporates traditional designs and motifs but is made from materials like gold and diamonds. Both traditional and modern Hawaiian jewelry are beautiful and unique.
Can I wear Hawaiian jewelry every day?
Yes, many of our pieces are designed to be worn every day. However, we recommend removing your jewelry before engaging in activities like swimming or exercising to avoid damage.
What is the best way to care for my Hawaiian jewelry?
We recommend storing your jewelry in a cool, dry place when not in use and cleaning it regularly with a soft cloth. Avoid exposing your jewelry to harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures.
How do I know my Dolphin Galleries piece is authentic?
All of our pieces come with a certificate of authenticity that verifies their materials and craftsmanship. If you have any concerns about the authenticity of your piece, please contact us.