One thing which is greater than nice weather is me getting something shinny. Shinny, as in jewellery, that’s right.
When we were in Hawai’I, on the Big Island, we had gone to Hilo Hattie’s for some Hawaiiana souvenirs. As we entered the store, I was presented my a little envelope, which contained a 60% off coupon on a pearl, from the little Maui Divers Jewellery “Pick A Pearl” kiosk. Every other trip I was never really tempted by their big oysters, but this time I figured why not. I picked an oyster and was pleasantly surprised with a nice size black pearl. We did look at the settings they had to offer (where they make their money, obviously), but nothing was grabbing me, so we decided to wait. I knew our friend/jeweller, who made our wedding bands, would be able to do something with it. I paid for the pearl, a big $6. USD with tax and forgot about it.
I was once told tattoos were addictive, and as time goes by I must say, I think they are. One doesn't seem to be enough... Before we left for HI, I knew I wanted this tribal turtle. I wanted my honu. After having swam with some, my desire to get the tattoo was even bigger, but the one thing I had not thought about was the fact that if I were to get it done there, I wouldn't be able to be swimming, etc., and the thought of having it done just before we left wasn't too appealing either, so I didn't get it. I didn't give up the idea, I still want it, but maybe I'll have it done here instead. In the meantime, I had to go see our jeweller/friend during the Holidays because part of my wedding band broke; I brought my pearl, figuring I would ask him if he had any idea for it. He’s passionate about anything tropical, I’m in love with the Islands, so it was even better when he got all excited about the perspective to do something for me.
Last year he went to Mauai, swam with dolphins, heard whales and saw turtles, and actually had made a pendant of this nice turtle, petroglyph style, just like I wanted... Saturday, we went by his shop to pick up his creation. I now have my own personal honu with my pearl! Isn’t it beautiful?
I love it!
I guess it's true what they say about jewelry:
Image: Tribal Honu