Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Force of Nature

The farmers' market is a sure bet for finding fresh, all-natural goods that are locally made, organic, and always in season.

But we’re not just talking fruit and veggies here. At the North Shore Country Market, there’s another fresh find to scoop up – Kara Maresca jewelry.

The North Shore designer sets up shop every Saturday to sell her handcrafted earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Inspired by her gorgeous surroundings, Maresca combines sterling silver with natural elements such as gemstones, pearls, shells and seaglass that she finds while strolling the beach.

Maresca knows there’s no shortage of island-inspired jewelry here, so she takes a unique, modern approach to incorporating beachy materials.

Take for instance her seaglass pendants – set in resin and surrounded by sand, the seaglass mosaic looks almost like stained glass artwork. Or her wave earrings – the simple design, hand cut and hammered in silver, evokes the ocean while remaining contemporary and elegant. Sunrise shells are transformed into the wings of butterflies and dragonflies in playful, sterling silver necklaces. She can also use shells of your own for custom orders.

Whichever ones you choose, you’ll love knowing you unearthed some fresh picks from the country.

See? There’s way more to the farmers’ market than just garden-variety goods.

Find Kara Maresca Jewelry at the North Shore Country Market, every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at Sunset Elementary School, 59-360 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa.

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 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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