Small ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Earrings in Sterling Silver and Copper by Melina Castro.
These earrings are part of the ʻŌhiʻa Lehua collection and they are the smallest in the series.
The ‘Ōhi’a Lehua tree is one of the most beloved trees in Hawai’i and one of the first plants to recolonize lands covered by lava. The name ‘Ōhi’a refers to the tree and Lehua to the flower.
In Hawaiian mythology, ‘Ōhi‘a and Lehua were young lovers. The volcano goddess Pele fell in love with the handsome ‘Ōhi‘a, but he turned down her advances. In a fit of jealousy, Pele transformed ‘Ōhi‘a into a tree. Lehua was devastated and begged for the spell to be reversed, but Pele was spiteful and refused. Desperate, Lehua then begged the other Gods to intervene. They decided the lovers should be forever united and so transformed Lehua into an adornment on the Ohia tree, the lehua blossom. Legend says that when a lehua flower is picked, rain will come representing the separated lovers’ tears. Source: For the Artist
“I make each piece of jewelry using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, piercing, riveting, stamping, soldering and forming. With the use of patinas I give the pieces their rustic-earthy look and weather-worn appearance. All pieces are signed.” – Melina Castro.
The silver used in the making of these earrings is 100% recycled!
*Jewelry care instructions included*
You can learn more about Melina and her artistic process here.