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 these perfectly sweet, Kaya Necklaces.
Graduated surf tumbled cone shells are strung on hand twisted 4ply waxed rope cord. The Kaya Necklace is adjustable up to 26 inches. Just use the sliding pearl to create a longer or shorter look. Two miniature cone shells finish each end of the cord and drape delicately down the back.
These pieces are substantial, but well balanced. The hint of color in each shell gives each necklace 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.