Brilliant blue Hawaiian glass bead with sterling grommetsThe Charms of Aloha are designed and hand carved here on Maui by Cathleen Bunt.
When selecting your charms, in most cases you have a choice of either a light (all white) or a dark (oxidized in the cracks) silver charm. Each picture shows both versions if the 2 are available. Some pictures show a 3rd charm to reveal the backside as well. Only 1 piece comes with each charm purchased. The Charms of Aloha line is designed to be compatible with most charm bead bracelets.
Hawaii theme works like a charm for jewelry-maker
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 14, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 02:39 a.m. HST, Feb 14, 2014
“Sometimes summer camp can set the direction for the rest of your life.
“There was a girl there wearing a silver ring,” said Charms of Aloha Inc. owner Cathleen Bunt. When the girl told her she made the ring herself, “I was totally fascinated that somebody my own age made jewelry,” she said.
This column, however, focuses on the Hawaii-focused designs of her Charms of Aloha business, for which she creates sterling silver charms and offers stunningly colorful glass beads.
“That’s what I’ve been doing for the last three years,” though she said she was “born to make jewelry” and this is hardly her first jewelry-related business venture.
The art-glass beads on her site are created by artisans who fuse glass onto silver grommets to fit the charm-style bracelets, and they do so exclusively for Bunt. The beads sell for $35 and come in a range of intensely bright or deep colors. Some are metallic-looking dichroic glass, while others are reminiscent of beach glass.