In ancient Hawaii, jewelry played an important role and was used as a way to designate the tribe, nobility, marital status, class, and age. Ancient Hawaiians created jewelry from objects they found, such as seashells, coral, teeth, hair, bone, feathers, and whale ivory.
The history of Hawaiian jewelry is as rich as the jewelry itself. Before Hawaii became part of the United States, kings and queens ruled Hawaii. These kings and queens developed a cordial relationship with England. Notably, King David Kalakaua (the “Merrie Monarch”) received a beautiful bracelet for his sister, the Princess Liliuokalani in the year 1880 from Queen Victoria. The bracelet was stunning and engraved with black enameled lettering. Princess Liliuokalani was so infatuated with her gift she wore it every day for the rest of her life.
This is a colorful and informative collection of the evolution of Hawaiian Jewelry.