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5 Stylish Hawai‘i Jewelry Designers

BY Kathryn Drury Wagner | August 18, 2016 | Feature Features

Think of “beach hair.” It's sexy, tousled, relaxed. That same vibe can be found in the work of these island-based jewelry designers. They create work that is layerable, unique, versatile, touchable, and, yes, sexy. Here are five talented Hawai‘i jewelry designers whose work is definitely worth collecting.
Standouts from Sophie Grace Maui include the Diane cuff ($125), Cherokee necklace ($165) and horn Iwa necklace ($150).

1. Cindy Yokoyama, Ginger13
With a background in painting and metal work, Cindy Yokoyama’s strong sense of color and shape is evident in her jewelry. She handcrafts each piece in her studio, which is in the back of her store in Honolulu’s chic Chinatown shopping district. Her unexpected pieces often feature mismatched earrings, and intriguing materials such as pyrite, agate, coral, arrowheads, or mother of pearl. When you’re wearing Ginger13, you’re sure to have a beautiful conversation starter. Her shop also has terrific gift items, like zip-top clutches, stationery and perfume. 22 S. Pauahi St., Honolulu, O‘ahu, 531.5311

2. Jason Dow, Jason Dow Jewelry
Goldsmith Jason Dow works out of his Honolulu salon, creating fine jewelry in gold and platinum. Better still, he works with conflict-free gemstones and recycled metals when creating his intricate, Eastern art-inspired work. His craftsmanship is inspired by the likes of the Doris Duke estate, mandalas, window screens and other artwork—anywhere where he encounters balance and beauty. He does custom work as well. To view his collections and for a list of stockists, visit his website.

3. Jamie Shepherd, Sophie Grace Maui
Working out of Makawao, Maui, designer Jamie Shepherd uses natural elements such as shark’s teeth, fossilized shells, raw and polished stones, and pearls. Her line, Sophie Grace Maui, is crafted with relaxation in mind and can be layered for daily adventures—whether they be poolside, beachside or for a night out. Her work has been featured in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, accessorizing the bikinis, for four years straight. You can find her jewelry at a number of high-end resorts, including the Grand Wailea (3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 875.1234). See her website for more retailers.

4. Katrina Cordova, Katrina Cordova Designs
O‘ahu-raised Katrina Cordova specializes in wire wrap earrings and unique necklaces, and most pieces are made only in limited quantities. Her work is both contemporary and classic, totally wearable and beach friendly. Our pick? The Tahitian Y drop necklace ($101). You can find this popular designer’s work at Persimmon Boutique on Hawai‘i Island, Designing Wahine on Maui, the St. Regis Princeville on Kaua‘i, and Tori Richard stores, among many others. Check her website for a list of more retailers.

5. Marylea Conrad, KI•ELE
“Kiele” is the Hawaiian word for gardenia, and also the name of Marylea Conrad’s youngest daughter. Conrad launched her line of handmade jewelry in 2008, and has since expanded to tops, leather accessories and a sister line, Aloha=Love, a lifestyle brand. Her jewelry is sea life-inspired, with a glam take on shells, seahorses and starfish. It’s hard to choose, but we’d go with the 5-Day Hammered Ring ($92), which would be as at comfortable when clutching a cocktail as it would be for a dip in the pool. Shop online, or check out her list of retailers, which includes stores throughout Hawai‘i, as well as in California, Florida and other states on the Mainland.

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