Britt’s Pick: The E Ho’āla Collection by Maui Divers

While a dark cloud hung heavy over Sunday evening’s Grammy Awards ceremony—the event was held at the Los Angeles Staples Center, the “house that Kobe built”—the night wasn’t without its moments of glimmer.

The music industry came together to celebrate the work of their fellow artists, and, by way of dressing the part, also celebrated the work of those in the fashion, beauty, and jewelry industries, too.

One such work of art is the E Ho’āla collection by Honolulu-based Maui Divers Jewelry, with pieces made for and worn by Hawaiian musician and producer Kimié Miner.

Maui Divers custom pearl pendant
E Ho’āla pendant in 14k yellow gold with South Sea pearl and diamonds, price on request

E Ho’āla, which means “the awakening,” is inspired by the Hawaiian sunrise, a sight that I can attest is one of the greatest things a person can ever witness. The vista was captured in the rays of 14k yellow gold that fan out from the center of both the ear cuff and earrings worn by Miner, the latter set with South Sea pearls (there is also a gorgeous matching pendant, worn by Miner at an earlier Grammys event).

Image via: @mauidiversjewelry

There’s an Art Deco vibe to these pieces (which fits well with my insistence on the “new ’20s” narrative). The ear cuff, especially, showcases how a bygone era can be reawakened with a modern spirit.

Maui Divers custom cape pendant
Custom cape pendant in 14k yellow gold with Hawaiian black coral, red coral, and golden mother-of-pearl

It’s cool enough to see these jewels adorning the body of a Grammy-nominated artist, though Maui Divers did even more for the evening, with a custom piece for another Grammy-nominee—and best-selling female Hawaiian vocalist of all time—Amy Hānaiali’i. With a nod to Hawaiian royalty, the pendant was made to mimic the pattern of an ancestral cape, using Hawaiian black coral, red coral, and golden mother-of-pearl inlay. The result is an incredibly gorgeous piece that not only looks cool, but is meaningful to its wearer as well.

Image via: @hanaialii

Top: E Ho’āla ear cuff in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, price on request; Maui Divers Jewelry

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