Sunrise Shell Earrings. These earrings are unique and are sure to make a statement. The Sunrise Shells are attached with a Kauai Puka Shell to a circle shape and are attached to 100% Sterling Silver ear wires. These are a perfect match for our Surfer Sunrise Shell Necklace or pair them with a Hawaiian Puka Shell Bracelet or Kauai Puka Shell Anklet. Earrings come with stoppers to make sure they stay on during daily activities.
Height: 1.75″ (top of ear wire to bottom of the oval/drop)
Width: .5″ (widest point)
Hawaiian Sunrise Shells are a beautiful sight to behold. Each one has unique splashes of pink, red, orange, yellow and purple shades, akin to what you would see during an actual Hawaiian sunrise. In fact, it is speculated that their common name may have arisen because of this asset or perhaps because they were once abundantly found on the shorelines in locations like Ke‘e Beach on Kauai at sunrise. Because of their increased consumer demand, however, now they are typically found only at depths from around 10 to 30 feet where collectors must dive for them.
What makes these beauties even more unique is that they are endemic to Hawai‘i and only found in waters surrounding the islands. Legends surrounding these shells claim that, in the past, they were only worn by ali‘i (Hawaiian royalty), though there has been no actual evidence proving this.
Source: https://www.hawaii.com/kauai/shopping/sunrise-shells/ (opens in a new window)
Puka shells originally were naturally occurring bead-like objects which can be found on some beaches in Hawaii. Each one was the beach-worn apex of a cone snail shell, a kind of seashell from a sea snail. Puka is the Hawaiian word for “hole” and refers to the naturally occurring hole in the middle of these rounded and worn shell fragments. These natural beads were made into necklaces.
To learn more about Puka Shells click the “About Puka Shells” tab.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puka_shell (opens in a new window)