At several times during the year, my favorite snorkel spot on Maui turns into a rubble pile. This means that all the shells and coral pieces collect under water in large piles where they roll back and forth together with the movement of the waves. They become smooth and polished, but they also loose their intense colors and bright patterns. Eventually the shells are sucked back out to sea, but a few I have plucked out of the ocean for this perfectly sweet, Kahala Necklace.
Twenty-one graduated surf tumbled cone shells in neutral tones (grey, lavender and just a touch of coral) are strung on hand twisted 4ply waxed ashy brown rope cord. The cowrie lip toggle closure is secure and easy to use AND allows for adjustability up to 21 inches. Slide the small pearl to overlap more or less of the cord and position the cowrie lip at the center of the overlap.
This piece is delicate, but durable and well balanced. The hint of color in each shell gives this bracelet a beautifully natural and organic quality. These miniature cone shells have undoubtedly seen thousands of waves pass overhead. They have become smooth and muted, soft and subtle, and they radiate the mana of the ocean.