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THE BONE TURTLE and BABIES (HONU & KEIKIS)
The hand carved bone honu and keikis is from the water buffalo, also known as the carabao.The bone is from the femur or large upper thigh bone, which is very dense with little marrow and cartilage. This makes for a better bone substance for carving and results in a higher quality product. This pendant is hand carved. The edges are smoothly rounded and the entire piece has a highly polished luster and feels good to the touch. The high density and fine grain of the bone is what gives it the ability to hold such high gloss polish. Over time, your carving will "pick up" sebum, your body's natural oil. This will result in your pendant slowly taking on a slight soft honey golden hue. The more color it develops the more highly it is treasured. This is one of the great beauties of bone crafted jewelry. After a while your pendant will reflect your body's distinctive signature, thus creating a one-of-a-kind. Pendant measures 1 1/2 inches high and 1 1/2 inch wide and is 1/4 inch thick. Live animals are not harmed in creating this necklace.
Hawaiian Honu & keikis comes on an adjustable soft cotton linen beige cord which adjusts up to 28 inches. The adjustment is made with an oval white bone slider and 2 small round bone grips. The necklace is waterproof and can be worn swimming and at the beach.
CUSTOM and TRADITION
Honu is turtle and keikis is children in Hawaiian.The honu represents a navigator. It provides safe passage and journey through life. Ancient Hawaiians believed that a bone necklace takes on part of the spirit of those who wear it. In this way, it becomes a spiritual link and should be handed down. The necklace becomes a spiritual link between people, spanning time and distance. A carving that has been worn by family members over many generations contains the spirit of all those people and is truly a great and powerful heirloom. Today, aumakuas are worn as a symbol of Polynesian culture. Pendants perpetuate the Hawaiian way of life through contemporary jewelry.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Rain and swimming will not harm the carving. Swimming with the pendant and then allowing it to dry rapidly in the sun is not good for the carving until it has been worn for 6 months against the skin. Avoid sudden or extreme temperature changes. To keep the shine on you carving slightly buff with a soft cloth once in awhile.