Tuesday, June 16, 2015


14K Gold Filled Hoop Moonstone
and Shell Earrings with Puka Shells
Visitors can catch a glimpse of humpback whales at Lahaina Harbor in Lahaina, Hawaii during the whale watching tour.  

Lahaina is perhaps best known for the Banyan Tree located in a square of the same name.  The tree is said to be the largest in the entire U.S.A.

Hawaii is also the home base of husband and wife design team Bella Resta and Rudy Castorina.

I love that jewelry can complement a mood, evoke imagery or stimulate emotion.  Resta and Castorina’s bohemian jewelry brand, RueBelle, takes the preternatural beauty of Maui and the modishness of Paris translating this into drop earrings, kyanite necklaces, and charm bracelets.  The duo’s sublime use of color, via semi-precious gemstones, highlights these fresh, eye-catching designs.

Green moss aquamarine, grey labradorite, and fuchsia kyanite are great examples of the tranquil yet striking color schemes that reflect the earth and sky.  You can almost smell salt water, and feel the grainy warmth of sand.

Founded twelve years ago in 2003, the RueBelle brand is a literal pairing of “urban Parisian chic” (Castorina), and Maui flower child (Resta).

14K Gold Filled Bezeled Labradorite Drop Necklace
A one-tome professional windsurfer Castorina ventured to the exotic Hawaiian isles where he met Resta.  During their many conversations, the two learned they shared a mutual love of “beaches, the ocean, and the beauty of tropical islands.”

“We saw our travels and our passions as colors,” says Castorina.  “We wanted to create a jewelry line that embodies our native roots.  The brand’s name is a combination of our names and it reflects the blend of our worlds—Maui and Paris.  

We chose to work deep in the jungle making sure every element of true Hawaii is part of our everyday work, and putting that into every piece we make.”

Peach Moonstone and Antique Ostrich
Eggshell Stretch Bracelet
2015 Jewelry Trend Alert: Popular colors in jewelry this year are purple, pink and red; and RueBelle’s got it covered with amethyst, ruby and pink tourmaline.

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