the journey of a one woman sweatshop

With child sized hands and an unwavering obsession to create beautiful things.
I'm a goofy girl who grew up on a 12 acre produce farm along the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. I moved to Oakland, CA for some time, then gathered up my experiences and settled back in Hawaii (for the time being).
This is the somewhat chronicle of my independent fine jewelry company, founded in 2004, though most of the years were focused on honing my skills and design aesthetic. Some musings, inspirations , and other fun stuff included too!

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Sooo, as you all probably know by now, I super suck at posting new photos and just social networking in general.πŸ™€
But you know who’s GREAT at it? @shandellenakanelua!!
Model: @itscelestebby
They captured these awesome shots wearing Mejiro jewelry! It’s the first time I’ve seen my work photographed professionally and it’s one of the best feelings! Thanks for the beautiful work, so excited for more to come!😻😻😻
#madeinhawaii #jewelrydesigner #crystals #gemstones #wanderlust #festivalfashion #nomad #renegade #eclecticstyle #naturalbeauty #bigisland

Sooo, as you all probably know by now, I super suck at posting new photos and just social networking in general.πŸ™€
But you know who’s GREAT at it? @shandellenakanelua!!
Model: @itscelestebby
They captured these awesome shots wearing Mejiro jewelry! It’s the first time I’ve seen my work photographed professionally and it’s one of the best feelings! Thanks for the beautiful work, so excited for more to come!😻😻😻
#madeinhawaii #jewelrydesigner #crystals #gemstones #wanderlust #festivalfashion #nomad #renegade #eclecticstyle #naturalbeauty #bigisland

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Join me at Hilo’s 2nd Annual Pride Festival! July 12th noon-4pm. I’ll be showin my support for the LGBT community and missing my Cali friends who took me to the SF ones! Also, I’m sharing a booth with Jessica from Sew Da Kine and she’s gonna have some great new items! Come check us out!πŸŒˆπŸ˜ΊπŸ”Ί
#hiloevents #bayfront #downtownhilo #bigisland #prideparade #lgbt #onlyaloha #noh8 #madeinhawaii #96720

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th 2014

My favorite way to start the day! Especially after getting up early to sort cacao beans in the sun drying shed- affectionately called the farmers sauna.😜

My favorite way to start the day! Especially after getting up early to sort cacao beans in the sun drying shed- affectionately called the farmers sauna.😜

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st 2014

On the work table today: drizzly Hilo rain inspired indicolite tourmaline earrings. Love those blues! But they’re rare, so only have enough to make one pair each of gold fill and silver!
#indicolite #tourmaline #blue #ombre #hilo #rain #ua #gemstonejewelry #madeinhawaii #raindrops #hawaii #tropical #rainforest #resortwear #wedding #somethingblue

On the work table today: drizzly Hilo rain inspired indicolite tourmaline earrings. Love those blues! But they’re rare, so only have enough to make one pair each of gold fill and silver!
#indicolite #tourmaline #blue #ombre #hilo #rain #ua #gemstonejewelry #madeinhawaii #raindrops #hawaii #tropical #rainforest #resortwear #wedding #somethingblue

Posted on Sunday, June 29th 2014

It’s officially summer for us! We’re back at the Kinoole Farmers Market for a few weeks! Big Island grown Hawaiian Crown brand low acid yellow pineapples. Naturally ripened- never spray ripened! Apple bananas, fresh pineapple juice, and sometimes our unforgettable dark chocolate!

It’s officially summer for us! We’re back at the Kinoole Farmers Market for a few weeks! Big Island grown Hawaiian Crown brand low acid yellow pineapples. Naturally ripened- never spray ripened! Apple bananas, fresh pineapple juice, and sometimes our unforgettable dark chocolate!

Posted on Saturday, June 28th 2014

Straight up candy colored! These are the mediums. See previous post for more details.πŸŒˆπŸ˜»πŸ’
#tourmaline #crystaljewelry #crystals #gemstones #juicy #nomads #wanderlust #madeinhawaii #metaphysical #crystalhealing #protection #festivalfashion #mermaid #hautehippie #hawaii #bigisland #hilo #bohochic #resortwear #etsy #etsyseller

Straight up candy colored! These are the mediums. See previous post for more details.πŸŒˆπŸ˜»πŸ’
#tourmaline #crystaljewelry #crystals #gemstones #juicy #nomads #wanderlust #madeinhawaii #metaphysical #crystalhealing #protection #festivalfashion #mermaid #hautehippie #hawaii #bigisland #hilo #bohochic #resortwear #etsy #etsyseller

Posted on Thursday, June 26th 2014

Finally got these babies listed!!πŸ™Œ
Check them out in my etsy shop:
→www.etsy.com/shop/mejiro←
3 sizes- small ($30), medium ($34), and large ($46)
Choose your favorite chain length: 16, 18, 20, and 24 inches.
Email or dm for Hilo meetups!

Finally got these babies listed!!πŸ™Œ
Check them out in my etsy shop:
β†’www.etsy.com/shop/mejiro←
3 sizes- small ($30), medium ($34), and large ($46)
Choose your favorite chain length: 16, 18, 20, and 24 inches.
Email or dm for Hilo meetups!

Posted on Thursday, June 26th 2014

A preview of a few more of those tourmalines! Sorry it’s taking longer than I said it would to list them!πŸ™€
#crystalhealing #crystaljewelry #tourmaline #colorfulgems #semiprecious #gemstones #naturalstones #madeinhawaii #hilo #hautehippie #hawaii #bigisland #nomads #wanderlust #crystals #bicolor #tricolor

A preview of a few more of those tourmalines! Sorry it’s taking longer than I said it would to list them!πŸ™€
#crystalhealing #crystaljewelry #tourmaline #colorfulgems #semiprecious #gemstones #naturalstones #madeinhawaii #hilo #hautehippie #hawaii #bigisland #nomads #wanderlust #crystals #bicolor #tricolor

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th 2014