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Limu Bracelet (Aqua)


Bracelet with oval shaped setting on braided black cord. Within the setting is featured real Hawaiian Limu sealed in a jeweler’s resin. These beautiful algae are real, shown here at actual size and natural burgundy color. (Only the background colors have been varied). They have been pressed, dehydrated and overlaid with protective jeweler’s resin. Oval cabochon, 25mm x 18mm  (approx 1″ x 0.73″)

Artist’s Comments:

Visually, a pretty, delicate and feminine way to wear this popular form of personal wrist accessory, highlighted by the graceful filaments of this beautiful form of sea life. The algae is real, not a painting, picture or a photograph. Sometimes confused and mistaken for coral, they are nothing of the sort. Not over-dressy, they are designed to be worn at a party, or a more formal event and the office. Sure to attract appreciative attention, this bracelet has the same cabochon shape and size as in the Limu large oval pendant/necklace, thus making them ideal as an attractive set. Also suitable with these bracelets are the small and medium size oval earrings in matching shapes and colors.  

(Please note that this Limu cabochon is larger than the pressed wildflower bracelet equivalents elsewhere in this site, because the smaller size does not do justice to the Limu patterns and plant size, whereas the larger size is too big for the tiny feminine wild flowers).

Practically, the striking black braided cord is adjustable to fit even children as well as large wristed adults, plus may be worn as an ankle bracelet. No longer does one have to be concerned over whether these bracelets, as a gift, will fit the intended recipient.  The snug fit that every wearer can adjust to, assures it will not come loose and there is no latch that can accidentally break or open and risk the bracelet falling off. The jeweler’s resin protects the Limu from damage from the wrist knocking against a table or desk top. The setting is plated in rhodium which is not only very hard and thus resistant to scratching but will not tarnish and has no nickel content, which might otherwise affect sensitive skins. It is light weight and the wearer will hardly be aware she has them on. Water will not affect this style so that being out in the rain, or rinsing or even spraying with water to remove soiling will not have an adverse effect. However, it is not recommended that one wears them in the shower or bath simply as soap may collect in the weave and become unsightly.



Algae Bracelet made from the finest brick red, natural algae (Limu).

Used throughout Polynesia, the name Limu, as applied to this beautifully delicate “flower of the sea”, has a lovely resonance and widely accepted association with the beauty of Hawaiian sea life. Limu is an algae (seaweed), widely used throughout the Islands culturally in ceremonial and ritual events, medicinally, gastronomically, and in different designs of lei. Our algae bracelet features the finest algae selectively harvested right from the waters around Hawaii.

Colloquially in Hawaii, Limu means a wide range of edible algae yet scholarly references and dictionary definitions apply a wider meaning to that word, including algae that grows in moist areas on land in addition to those in the sea, including those not edible. Too small to wrap round other food as is traditional with more commonly known larger algae, the Limu pictured here as wearable items show the actual size and color these plants grow. Attached to rocks and physically strong, under water they waft softly and gracefully in all directions in the currents. However, on being removed from the sea, they clump together like a girl’s long hair coming from the shower.

Hence, to re-arrange them as delicately as in these pieces, requires particular skill and patience. They are presented in a beautiful series of designs as Limu pendants (necklaces), bracelets, brooches and earrings. Scientifically known as Portieria hornemannii, the particular red algae portrayed on this website grows on the lava coast just outside Hilo on the Big Island where it is seasonally prolific. Not endangered, endemic, or invasive, its pungent smell is so strong no fish, human or turtle will eat it! Pressed, dehydrated, and sealed in a jeweler’s resin, each piece of algae jewelry is highly attractive, durable, & very practical to wear – a unique gift of the Hawaiian flower of the sea.