Friday, September 19, 2008

Heavy Metal

You don’t go out with just any arm candy. You insist on head-turning looks, bold style and an intriguing background.

And that’s just for your jewelry.

You’ll meet your match in Misa Jewelry, designed by Punahou grad Misa Hamamoto. Her 14-karat gold vermeil and sterling silver earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings are modern, geometric pieces that echo the shape and texture of porous coral and other elements from her island home.

Based in L.A., Misa left her career in investment banking to start making jewelry, a passion ignited in a high school metalworking www.leichic.comclass. Made by hand-dripping a wax mold, then casting the metal pieces one by one, Misa’s creations range from large, striking teardrop earrings and wide-band rings, to sleeker, organic-looking cuff bracelets and necklaces.

Combined with semi-precious stones like labradorite, moonstone and amethyst, or a dual-tone finish, each of her pieces is a miniature gold or silver sculpture, cast as one continuous shape, with no sautered edges or seams.

Sounds like just what you’ve been looking for.
Gorgeous and interesting enough to hang around you.

www.leichic.comMisa Jewelry will be available at Riches Kahala, at Kahala Mall, beginning October 1. View the entire collection online at

Posted on Friday, September 19, 2008 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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