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18 Reasons We Love Hawai‘i Fashion

From chic beachware and bold, nature-inspired prints to cool collabs and fresh spins on sartorial traditions, here are 18 reason we’re crazy about Hawai‘i fashion.


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No. 16: Skilled Artisans 

Photos: Odeelo Dayondon 

 

Jewelry is an integral part of Island fashion, and never more so than when elevated by meticulous, painstaking hand craftsmanship. For an inside look at the art form, we asked Honolulu-based M33Ms designer Emiko Miyazawa to show us the process behind her line’s modern, architectural pieces— specifically, the production of her sleek Triple Rivet Ring. 

 

 

1. Conceptualization 

Miyazawa sketches her design on paper or fabricates it organically through metalwork.  

 

2. Creating and Refining the Wax Model 

Triple Rivet Ring

After slicing off a chunk of hard wax from a block, Miyazawa scores it to precisely mark the size of the piece being created. Files, carving tools (dental tools that she modified by hand) and multiple grits of sand paper are employed to shape a wax model, create detail and smooth the surfaces. Once ready, the model is sent to a local metalworker to be cast in metal.  

 

3. Mold Making, Casting and Polishing 

Miyazawa cleans up the cast metal piece by hand, filing down imperfections and excess metal to create a master model. A rubber mold is made based on the metal master model and will be used to make all future copies of the piece.

 

Copies are cast in metal using the rubber mold. Each piece is filed, sanded, polished with a polishing wheel, and tumbled in a tumbling barrel with multiple types of ceramic media that harden and burnish the surface.    

 

4. Setting the Diamonds 

After hand-assembling the piece, Miyazawa drills a hole the exact size of the diamond to create a seat and uses a magnifying loop and a burnishing tool to fit and secure the diamond in the setting.

 

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