A few days ago I sold these earrings in my Etsy shop. They are a favorite pair, and I want to mark for myself the realization that I’m accomplishing one of my goals of moving into working with metal: the joining of beadwork and metalwork.
Niihau shells are special to me because they were treated as very precious things when I was growing up in Hawaii. Many years ago (now) I inherited a couple of Niihau shell leis and love them dearly. But my life does not lend itself to wearing them, and I decided to take a few shells off to play with. This is one of the results. I’m feeling like I want to do more.