From top: Aquamarine ring, $3,995; garnet ring, $2,795; both at Big Island Jewelers.
Surrounded by rich heritage, Hawaiian-born businesses are known for implementing the island’s culture and natural beauty into their craft. Insert Big Island Jewelers (75-5695 Alii Drive, Ste. A, 329.8571), a family-owned-and-operated jewelry mecca opened in 1983, which prides itself on making one-of-a-kind custom pieces in its Kailua-Kona location. Helmed by Flint, Gale and Chance Carpenter (who most recently joined the team), each elegant piece is designed around a specific gemstone ensuring it’s uniqueness. Another more contemporary island favorite is Sheinfeld Rodriguez (347.766.4051), a design studio that specializes in creating statement jewelry from precious metal. The pieces are inspired by the raw elements of Hawai‘i and are made both by hand and with 3D printing technology. Fan-favorite collections include The Ore Collection, a ring series based on the idea of carving an object from a volcanic element; and The Water Series, the most recent collection, which mimics the movement of the water through the 3D printing process. We know where we will be shopping for jewelry!
Mana rings in yellow gold with rubies and emeralds, $600 each, and Mana rings in silver with rubies, $250 each, both at sheinfeldrodriguez.com.
Photography by: big island jewelers and sheinfeld rodriguez