My new obsession in Hawaii is treasure hunting (aka shell diving). There is something so addicting about putting on a mask and diving into the crystal clear ocean in search of shells that the latest swell brought in. I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t take from the sea without giving back so with every dive I try to do a beach clean up. You wouldn’t believe all the trash people leave on our beaches and our oceans. We also never take a shell if it has any signs of life.
That being said, I am guilty of hoarding them. My house has so many glass jars, bowls, and vases displayed with all my treasures that I started to run out of room. That’s when I decided I wanted to make something beautiful to share with others. By me, I mean Kevin. I have all these ideas but he is what makes them come to life. He is a man of many talents and one of which we found is jewelry making. It started when he made me a set of bangles for my 25th birthday with my favorite shells and sea glass. I was obsessed with them and so were all my friends. We started talking about making them, which isn’t uncommon in Hawaii, and then we started talking about how we could use it to do something positive ( beach/ocean clean ups).
Each bracelet we make comes with a sample of microplastics from our clean up. It looks decorative, but each tiny piece affects our ocean’s ecosystem. By supporting our craft, you are also supporting our efforts to make this earth a better place.
So if anyone is looking for a special gift, handmade in Hawaii, please feel free to check out the SHOP!