Though we come to use the term 'puka' to mean one specific kind of shell (the top of a cone shell that has been sanded down by the ocean, creating a hole through its center)...the word 'puka' actually means doorway. I love this idea, that the persistence of the ocean (tumbling a shell, wave upon wave, actually creates a path, an opening, a new beginning). There are many times that I see beautiful "lessons" in the things I find at the beach...this is one.
These unique puka bar necklaces are the perfect amount of puka for those wanting to wear this traditional Hawaiian shell without the weight and bulkiness of a typical puka necklace.
In this beautiful, authentic piece, there are six surf tumbled pukas, stacked horizontally and knotted on either side to create a "bar." The perfect hand knotted cord is made with a nylon core (turquoise) which gives the necklace structure and durability, while the delicate spiraling knots are made with pure silk, which has a beautiful soft and luxurious feel. The cowrie lip toggle closure is both secure and easy to use. This finished necklace measures 19 inches.
Puka shells, by nature, vary in color and size. The pukas used for these necklaces are neutral tones, which include white, cream, gold, lavendar; some pukas are speckled, spotted, striped, and some are not perfect circles. Each shell is unique, and no two necklaces will ever be the same...just like the paths of the individuals who wear them.