At the age of 26, Tor Chantara lives his life simultaneously in two worlds, practicing the fine woodworking art of marquetry that has its roots in the 16th Century, while learning techniques and ordering supplies via the Internet.
Hawaiian Sunrise Shells were highly revered by early Hawaiians, including the Monarchs. These radiant shells could once be found by walking the wave-swept Hawaiian beaches in the early mornings. Their striking yellow and orange color came to symbolize the sun rising over the Hawaiian islands. Today, Sunrise Shells are most readily found by divers searching hundreds of feet of the coasts of northern Oahu. These Sunrise Shells need to be gently polished to restore their natural luster which is often encrusted with sediment from the Pacific Ocean depths. Darker blue grey shells are sometimes discovered, as well. These deep blue-grey shells are prized because they reflect the moon rise, a perfect shell for those looking for something extra special.
Our craftsmen created special bales made with sterling silver and 14K gold to hold these beautiful Sunrise Shells. Our bales fit snugly onto the top of each shell. These bales are specially e-coated to prevent tarnishing or dulling. We do not use wires because we believe that the striking beauty of Sunrise Shells should not be covered with jewelry wires. Enjoy the unique beauty of Hawaiian Sunrise Shells.