Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Hot Spots for Jewelry

  • owned by Isabelle Yao and Ben Thompson

  • Black Pearl Source
    • 66-220 Kamehameha Highway
      HI 96791
    • Phone: (808) 637-7776
    • original designs you can't live without!!!


    made in Hawaii with Aloha by Lauren
    Buy Local!!!!

    Pua Jewelry by designer Lauren Hewett

    Lauren Hewett's laid back Hawaiian lifestyle allows her to appreciate the beautiful things in nature. Sun-filled beaches, surfing, and simplicity are an inspiration to Pua jewelry. You'll find Lauren's collection at Ron Herman and Fred Segal in LA, as well as TG-170 and Poppy in New York.

    When and why did you start your company and collection?
    I started making jewelry for fun out of my bedroom. At first it was just for friends and family, but then people started noticing my work and the orders began to roll in. I used to be a teacher but when places like Ron Herman Fred Segal started ordering jewelry, I quit my job and jumped in to jewelry on a full time basis. and

    What is your inspiration for the latest collection?
    am always inspired by my life in Hawaii. I feel very lucky to live in a place where you can ride your bike to the beach and gaze at sunsets, sea birds and shells rolling in the ocean.

    What inspires your design vision?
    I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. My family has always collected shells and appreciated the beautiful things in nature. This has definitely influenced my design vision. In Hawaii we keep fashion very simple. We are always wearing bikinis and flip flops so ornate, elaborate jewelry would look silly. My personal style for jewelry is clean, minimal pieces that I could wear to the beach or out at night. This is the epitome of island style.

    I love the style of the people in the South Pacific, especially Tahiti. They are so removed from the fashion world but they create beautiful things with fabric, shells, black pearls and flowers. Tahiti is fairly close to Hawaii and I have been there four times. The Tahitian women who wear hand-sewn dresses with bright fabric, black pearls, gold, always stun me and giant flowers in their hair. That type of effortless, beautiful style is amazing to me! I love simple style that lets natural beauty shine.

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