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, Kaya Bracelet.
Fifteen graduated surf tumbled cone shells are strung on hand twisted 6ply waxed rope cord. One cowrie lip is used in this easy, but secure, toggle closure.
This piece is substantial, but 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.