Are you prepared for Summer season? Already received your Seashore apparel picked out
for these Luau Events? Planning a visit to Hawaii? Obtained Puka Shells?
Nicely summer season is coming quick and Puka Shell Necklaces are fairly the craze as soon as once more. However beware for not all Puka Shells are created equal. Costs fluctuate vastly as does the standard and kinds.
However what are Puka Shells and the place do they arrive from? It appears to me the most effective place to seek out Puka Shells are on the White Sandy Seashores of the Philippines. The primary time I took a stroll on a wonderful white sandy tropical seaside, I assumed I might simply stroll barefoot like on the seashores of Southern California; locations like Redondo Seashore, Hermosa Seashore, and Manhattan Seashore, the place, the sand is easy and gentle. Nonetheless, the sand at Bohol, the seaside I first ventured on within the Philippines, had so many shells within the sand, that I needed to put on my sandals as a result of the shells have been so painful to step on. I used to be simply amazed that there could possibly be so many shells!
In actual fact the Philippines might be the most important provider of shells on the planet. Massive Philippine corporations like Jumbo Pacific and Bedido export shells in bulk throughout the globe. In actual fact, Cebu Metropolis is called the Shell Capital of the Philippines. Why, there may be even a seaside within the Philippines known as Puka Seashore. So it’s no marvel that Shells are King within the Philippines!
However what sorts of Puka Shells are there? Nicely there are not less than three major sorts. The actual Puka Shells which can be cupped and are available from cone shells, jagged minimize puka shells known as Puka Chips, and easy spherical minimize puka shells known as Heishe.
Technically, the actual genuine puka shells are the primary sort. These are those that come from cone shells which have been tossed and tumbled within the surf and sand over time till all that is still is the cupped prime. The opening on the prime (known as Puka) can be naturally worn by way of, and is ideal for stringing right into a necklace. The colour varies from white to gentle shades of beige and tan. The white one may be very in style, and is alleged to be most worn by the native surfers in Hawaii.
A second sort is called Puka Shell Chips. The most well-liked coloration is white, however they’re additionally accessible in brown, blended brown, darkish brown (nearly black), grey, pink, and now even pastel and rainbow colours because of the magic of coloring dyes. Theses chips are made by hammering lager shells into jagged or sq. shapes after which punching a gap for stringing.
A 3rd sort is known as Heishe, that are shells which can be minimize and floor into easy spherical flat shapes. Then a gap is punched, and the shells are strung and polished on the perimeters with a leather-based belt. They arrive in all colours, together with white, beige, tan, violet, brownlip, graylip, pinklip, blacklip, and numerous different varieties.
The labor to create the chips and heishe is all achieved by hand and may be very labor intense and harmful to the artisan’s fingers. This is the reason the Philippines has a bonus to supply these shells, since labor may be very low-cost on this third world nation.
So there you will have a quick overview on Puka Shell Necklace sorts, and now you’ll be able to higher store for the model and high quality you favor. By being higher knowledgeable with this perception you could be positive of what you might be getting, and benefit from the experiencing of that tropical feeling. Have a contented seaside get together!