Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Jewel of the Isle

Lei ChicYou’re a rock star – literally.

You’ve got the four Cs down pat, can tell an iolite from a tanzanite from a stone’s throw away, and when your besties want to make sure they’re not getting gypped at the jewelry counter you’re a pearl’s best friend.

But lately, you’ve gotten too set in your ways. That semi-precious look has become semi-boring.

Mix it up with a hidden gem from CDSO jewelry.

Lei Chic Sculptor Chad Durgan (CD) and floral designer Steve Olivieri (SO) are New York natives who escaped the city for upcountry Maui. Inspired by the beauty of island nature, Durgan was soon turning the couple’s visions into unusual but elegant wearable art.

You’ll want to give it a whirl when you spot the swirling octopus designs set in copper cuffs and sterling silver rings. Discover a diamond in the rough with concrete cast in silver to echo the look of hardened lava. Lei ChicYou’ll be captivated by the sudden turns of the road to Hana switchback pendant set with hand-stained wood, the edgy shark’s teeth bracelets in hammered brass, or blossom with the eternal lei necklace in graceful silver loops.

The designs are bold yet even the concrete is lightweight enough for everyday wearing.

It's just the collection you need to prove your precious mettle.

CDSO Designs is now sold in Maui Hands Gallery, 84 Hana Highway, Paia, or shop on CDSO Designs website.

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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