We're all familiar with the inspiration that is stimulated by the natural beauty of those "special" places in our world. The Hawaiian islands are strong in that category, and I want to share a small part of Marta Howell's story. "Using Mother Nature as inspiration, Marta creates artful and unique pieces of jewelry from her studio in Kailua, Hawaii. She designs using Abalone shells and Mother of Pearl and complements each with semi-precious gemstones.... The mother of pearl that she uses comes from the Black Lip Oyster, the oyster which generates the Black Tahitian Pearl." This is quoted from the information included with your purchase. The Oceanside Jewelers in Lahaina, Maui, is where I discovered Marta's work several years ago. I was attracted to the store because from the front door, you can see right through to the back deck that overlooks the ocean, a perfect combination! While browsing, you may sight a whale and feel the ocean breezes, yes, it's really awesome!
A piece of a Black Lip Oyster shell. It is just radiant in person. While living in Thailand, Marta gathered many of these shells from the beach, not your average shell collection!
Here's Katie, wearing a Marta Howell Mother of Pearl pendant with an amethyst.
Both are beautiful!
An abalone shell is displayed with other pieces by Marta. So many choices!!
This is my anniversary present! Black Lip Shell with peridot. I am happy!