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.
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).
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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.
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.
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• More Than Just Jewelry • This beautiful pendant made for me by the team at Maui Divers Jewelry is a replica of the cape worn by my tutu high chief Kalawai’anui. I could not have asked for a better piece of jewelry to wear for the Grammy awards this year. It serves as a reminder that my kūpuna are always by my side. My 15th studio album, titled Kalawai’anui, was inspired by high chief and my tutu known as the “hidden Ali’i.” Mahalo to the entire team at Maui Divers Jewelry for all of the aloha that was put into making this treasure. The pendant itself is made of red coral, black coral, and golden mother of pearl. Eō Kalawai’anui
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