BRI BOL || NAUPAKA EARRINGS
The story of the ancient Hawaiian princess, Naupaka, had fallen in love with a commoner named Kaui. Naupaka was forbidden to marry anyone who was not of noble birth and was overwhelmingly saddened.
In a desperate search for an answer to their dilemma, Naupaka and Kaui ventured far off to a temple in the mountains to gain wisdom from a shaman, known in Hawaii as a kahuna. After hearing about their problem, even the kahuna had no solution for them, but he advised them to pray at the temple.
When no answers came, deep sadness descended on the couple. Princess Naupaka removed the flower she wore in her hair and tore it, giving one half to Kaui. She told him that since it was clear that the gods didn’t sanction their union, he should go live near the sea while she would remain living in the mountains.
As the two lovers went their separate ways with broken hearts, the naupaka plants saw their deep sorrow and the next day, they bloomed with only half flowers. To this day, naupaka plants grow near the beach or in the mountains and still produce only half flowers.
All beaded earrings are hand sewn with a needle and thread. Made with Czech and Japanese glass beads, and hand carved lost-wax casting in solid sterling silver or recycled brass with 14k gold plating.