Wandering through Hilo’s farmers’ market, Alie’s eye was caught by flowers turned into jewelry. The young lady selling them said the process was developed by a friend of her family. When I got home, I did a little more research.
This post is not an advertisement, but I suppose it reads like one. I am continuously impressed, however, by people’s ingenuity and creativity.
Peter Honeyman developed and patented the process by which live flowers absorb preservatives. He advertises “Real Flower Jewelry: Permanent, Flexible…They will not dry out or wilt. Each has thus been turned into a permanent fresh cut flower!”
They can be damaged, however, and should not be crushed. They are dusted with a clean soft brush or washed with luke-warm clean water.
The preservative protects against ultraviolet light, but a few colors are enhanced to create a natural look. “Each piece is unique. Because every flower is real and each piece is handcrafted…While most flowers change colors over the years, ours will be retained, softening in intensity, developing a “patina” or more “mellow” look.”
Peterman was successful enough to develop a mass-production facility while working in California, Oregon and Hawai`i. But in 2005, he scaled back and moved all production to Hilo. He further scaled back after the 2007 recession. But you don’t have to go to Hawai`i. Like just about everyone else today, he has a website: http://realflowerjewelry.com
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P.S. If you are thinking about visiting Hawaii, please do not be deterred by the recent volcanic activity. The Big Island is the only island with an active volcano. The others are dormant, have moved away from the “hot spot” and will stay dormant. Even the Big Island of Hawaii is big. Most of the island is not effected by the lava flows. I believe, with reasonable caution, you will be safe.