In Hawaiian, the word 'ahu' is used to mean a collection, pile, or heap of things, which is just the right name for these unique necklaces.
For as long as I've been a beach comber, I have loved picking up just pieces of shell. Of course I get excited when I find a perfect, unbroken shell...but for me, there is something so interesting and magical about beautifully tumbled shell fragments. I think that's because I see an untapped potential in these little beauties where many combers pass them by because they see only broken imperfection...just a "heap" of unuseable pieces.
But just look at the colors, the designs, the shapes and inner spirals. Some pieces we can quite obviously decipher and other pieces are so worn down that they are a complete mystery...and somehow they go togethernperfectly.
Six treasures (ethically sourced Maui shell and sea glass) hang on two ends of hand braided waxed cord. When you move, you will hear them chime together, making the most serenly beachy sound. A mini cone shell creates the sliding "bolo" closure. Stagger the collections of pieces for a longer more dramatic look, or keep them close for a shorter (25 inch opening and 30 inches total) overall length. A small sliding pearl adds just a little luxury and acts as a stopper. Keep the pearl at the nape of your neck as an elegant detail or slide it off center and past your collar bone just because you can!
Elegant, feminie, unique, AND durable enough for the everyday mermaid's work and play.