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Wyland Galleries of Hawaii Beachwalk is proud to unveil an exclusive line of "MonicaByTheShore" Sunrise Shells Jewelry Designs! Premiering on October 1st 2013, this will be the first ever retail location to offer the line of "MonicaByTheShore Sunrise Shells", and what a beautiful location it is! Wyland Galleries Beachwalk Waikiki is the most beautiful gallery of all 48 galleries worldwide, and is in the heart of Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii! Select exclusive MonicaByTheShore Sunrise Shell designer jewelry will be offered at this gallery only! Watch for unique Wyland/MonicaByTheShore collaborations including Monica's Sunrise Shells and Wyland's Whale Tail and Dolphin charms in sterling silver and 14K gold! This is a perfect match-up of two friends ocean inspired art and jewelry in a simply amazing environment, you'll want to browse forever! For more info, call the Gallery: 808.924.1322. Wyland Galleries of Hawaii Beachwalk, 226 Lewers St. Ste. L-127 Honolulu, HI 96815
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Sunrise Shells by MonicaByTheShore featured on Monday June 14, 2011
Hawaiian legend suggests that Sunrise Shells were the exclusive property of the Hawaiian royal families and that 'commoners' were not allowed to keep or wear them, but were instead ordered to search for the shells for the Chiefs and thier families. These beautiful shells were thought to be sacred and to bestow special blessings to the wearer, of which only the Hawaiian Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses were worthy.
Unfortunately there are very few sketches of ancient (late 1700s - early 1800s)Hawaiian Kings and Queens. I have researched hundreds of documents, drawings and museum archives but I have not been able to find one picture or description of a Hawaiian monarch wearing a Sunrise Shell.
With the coming of the missionaries in the 1800s also came the adoption of the European style of dress, and so the majority of available drawings of Hawaiian Royalty picture them in European-style dress and adornment. The pictures on this page are of the few that I could find in traditional native Hawaiian costume, and are from the early 1800s.
High Chief Boki and his wife the High Chiefess Kuini Liliha
Discussion on the practice of piercing the shells and the use of adhesives.
To Drill, or not to Drill, that is the question. :) I'm talking about Shells of course! This is a recent concern, of questionable origin, and here are my thoughts on the subject:
1. Piercing (drilling) the shells is the traditional way of the ancient Hawaiians. They couldn't go to the hardware store to buy glue. They used sharpened pieces of bone, tooth or other shells to pierce holes in the shells so that they could string them into leis. They often used their own long hair as a stringing material!
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Hawaian Sunrise Shells are not usually found in perfectly clean, pristine condition. Most of the time they will be covered with calcium deposits, a hard white crusting that grows on the shell as it lies on the ocean floor. Calcium deposits must be removed by using a fine wire brush and many, many hours of scrubbing! If you are buying one of my shells, I have already done this for you, but a lot of people are curious about this technique so here are my How To secrets!
Get comfortable, put on some good music, and with shell in one hand and a fine wire brush in the other, start brushing! Just like sanding wood, brush your shell with short, quick strokes that go with the direction of the shell's ridges. You will see a fine white dust coming off the shell if you are doing it right. Keep brushing! You can use a dental pick or needle to pick out any calcium deposits that are embedded in tiny holes or crevices in your shell. A magnifying glass helps a lot, I use a jeweler's loop to get an almost microscopic view of my shells.
Scrubbing with a fine wire brush is the best method for cleaning shells without compromising the shell's color or shell strength. Since the calcium build-up is much softer than the shell itself, the wire brush will remove the calcium without damaging the shell. Some people use muradic acid to disolve the calcium quickly but this is dangerous because the acid will disolve your shell too, so don't try this short-cut! Sunrise Shells are pourous, the acid will leach into the shell and will eat away at it, creating holes, crumbling the edges and also ruining the color. Vinegar gives the same results, although it is slower than acid. Don't use either - only use your wire brush and a pick!
Sometimes a Sunrise Shell might just be dirty. Maybe it was lying in the muck or even in tar on the ocean floor. Use a grease fighting dish soap like Dawn and a toothbrush and scrub away! You can use a touch of Clorox bleach for stubborn dirt.Share
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