Whether you’re visiting the Hawaiian Islands or you resonate with the Hawaiian vibe, your jewelry style should reflect it. Within the Hawaiian culture, you will find many symbolic and unique figures. Many of these symbols derive from Hawaiian ideals that we have “a mandate to Malama.” This phrase means we all have a responsibility to care for our environment and one another.
Unsurprisingly, many of our beloved Hawaiian symbols come from animals or beautiful natural materials. Unique jewelry pendants from Hawaii make deeply significant gifts to yourself or loved ones because of the symbolism behind them. Below you will find some typical Hawaiian symbols presented in a unique way. Many of this stunning collection cannot be found anywhere other than Whaler’s Locker.
Shark Tooth Pendants
Close your eyes and picture a stereotypical Hawaiian surfer. I bet he was wearing a shark tooth pendant, right? This stereotype comes from an ancient Hawaiian myth in which a Hawaiian boy battles a sea god. After his victory, the Hawaiian boy emerged wearing a shark tooth pendant and thus the belief that shark tooth pendants protect from shark attacks.
Shark tooth pendants offer more than just protection from shark attacks. This special Hawaiian pendant symbolizes protection from anything threatening and represents sharks. While we need to be kept safe from wild animals like sharks, we also should have a great deal of respect for wildlife. Native Hawaiians subscribe to the belief that sharks embody gods, ancestors, and family deities called aumakua. Sharks symbolize strength and authority, fluidity, and control over emotions.
If you identify with these values, perhaps you should wear a shark tooth pendant, or maybe someone you love comes to mind when you hear these attributes. Imagine how meaningful your gift would be if you expressed why you purchased it for your loved one.
Baltic Amber Pendants
Baltic Amber, or succinite, is fossilized tree resin from the Baltic region dating back millions of years. Baltic Amber’s high content of succinic acid gives it soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that make it a meaningful gift for anyone that has arthritis or other pain, a mother with a teething baby, or anyone that appreciates amber for its physical beauty.
An ancient precious gemstone, Baltic Amber symbolizes ancestry and history for Hawaiians and people all over the world.
Boulder Opal Pendants
Boulder opals are rare, valuable rocks that have thin seams or patches of colorful opal inlaid within. In Western Australia millions of years ago, silica from rocks mixed with water before flowing into seams and cavities within ironstone. Over time, within these seams and cracks, the solution hardened underground, and the temperature and pressure allowed the solution to fuse to the ironstone. The ironstone matrix that contains the opal increases its durability and the vibrance of color.
Today, in Hawaii and elsewhere, people wear boulder opals for their beauty and their beautiful representation of the elements: earth, water, fire, and air. Boulder opals have the ability to calm the soul and facilitate self-awareness. It’s a wonderful healing stone for anyone striving for progress and personal development.
Whaler’s Locker has a small, beautiful collection of boulder opal pendants set in sterling silver.
Butterfly Wing Pendants
Butterflies are powerful symbols of rebirth, transformation, and potential. When you consider the beauty and mystery about butterflies, it’s no wonder that people all over the world became fascinated with butterflies and what they could mean. In native earth-based cultures all over the world, people believe butterflies are a power animal bringing messages.
Do you know someone going through a transformation of some kind? Perhaps that person is you. Humans experience change continuously, and whether it’s big and life-changing or small and seemingly unimportant, change is an uncomfortable but necessary part of life. Maybe your visit to the Hawaiian Islands changed something deep within you and awakened you to the truth that like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, change is painful but incredibly beautiful.
If you love someone going through a change, whether or not they’re embracing it, a butterfly wing pendant would make the most beautiful and meaningful gift. Tell this person to embrace the change and prepare for a beautiful transformation with one of Whaler’s Locker’s unique butterfly wing pendants made from real butterfly wings. Each piece is as unique as each butterfly, and stunning.
Turquoise, a hydrous phosphate mineral of copper and aluminum named for its stunning blue-green color, is a common gemstone seen in jewelry from all over the world. Its popularity is no wonder, because of its beauty, but the meaning behind turquoise itself makes a turquoise pendant a meaningful piece of jewelry to be worn and loved every day.
Turquoise represents purity and protection, and many people believe it has the power to dispel negative energy and promote inner peace by balancing emotions. Turquoise is also symbolic of friendship and connection.
We have a beautiful, extensive collection of turquoise jewelry and pendants and some truly unique pieces for a one of a kind gift. Check out this Parotodus Benedeni tooth with Turquoise Inlay. This incredibly rare tooth from an extinct shark with a pop of turquoise is a pendant like you’ve never seen.
Sterling Silver Pendants
For the individual that wants to keep their gift subtle, yet capture the true essence of Hawaii, consider one of our unique sterling silver pendants.
A tiny sterling silver shark or shark tooth pendant captures the essence and protection of a shark. A small sterling silver sea turtle pendant represents the wisdom and endurance of a sea turtle. The Maui hook tells of your strength and dedication to Hawaiian culture, or a sterling silver symbolic pendant captures the vibes of your Hawaiian visit.
Whaler’s Locker is home to the most uniquely beautiful and meaningful pendants you’ve ever encountered. We guarantee our products to be as described, so you never have to wonder if you’re getting an authentic piece. Capture Hawaii with Whaler’s Locker.