Lauhala earrings by Melina Castro.
Sterling Silver earrings handcrafted to resemble the lauhala leaf from the hala (Pandanus Tectorius) tree.
Many Pacific cultures weave, plait, or braid the leaves of the P. tectorius to create useful items such as baskets, mats and hats. Though it is a long and arduous process to prepare the leaves for weaving, the final products are works of art with a pleasing earthy feel. Source: wikipedia
“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.