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A New Year for Expression

I love to express myself through my writing, but I am challenged with sharing my written word for fear of judgement. But I am committing myself to blogging to release that fear, so here goes my first blog of the new year. I decided to write down the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions from fans/clients/customers/community members to kick off the blog for 2016.

How did you get into jewelry design?

I have always been creative.  When I was a child I was designing friendship bracelets with embroidery string, beaded necklaces with fishing line, and even finding shells on the beach and stringing bracelets. When I was in college, I started designing jewelry as a hobby (instead of doing my Spanish Literature homework), and I started getting custom orders from my sorority sisters. I started fundraising for a Spring Break humanitarian trip to Nicaragua (to build homes, sustainable gardens and compostable latrines for impoverished communities) by selling my jewelry where I attended college at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. I realized that my jewelry designs were providing a great source of income and decided to pursue jewelry design once I graduated. I have never held a 9-5 job or been a part of corporate America. I simply followed my dream, one step at a time and have been allowing it to grow steadily and comfortably. I am proud to say that I never took a single course in economics, accounting, marketing or business. I have always been interested in fashion, so I love to play around with different styles and I feel that this is a part of my passion for creativity.  Also I'm part Chinese, so I think I have good business sense in my genes. 

What is 14k gold fill and why do you use it?

Gold filled wire is a professional jewelers grade wire. It will not crack, chip, peel off or turn your skin green. It is safe for most people with sensitive skin who can wear solid 14 karat gold jewelry. I started using 14k gold fill components because of my own sensitivity to certain metals. I also wear my 14k gf rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings in the (salty) ocean and they will not change colors!  It is NOT the same as gold-plated or gold vermeil. It is higher quality and will last an entire lifetime under normal circumstances. To see our jewelry care advice on our FAQ page, CLICK HERE (and scroll down to the bottom.)

How do you find the time to design jewelry, run your business and be a healthy mommy, partner and friend?

Balance is the key. Finding creative time for myself every day. And always coming back to gratitude. I'm big on journaling, and I find it very therapeutic to write down my thoughts, even if I never read it again, or nobody ever reads it. (Although I secretly believe that when I'm 60 years old, and can fart out loud in public without caring what people think...then I will publish all of my journals...the secret life of Noelani...oohooohoo so juicy!) I am also a big lover of the ocean- I believe that salt cleanses off everything so I surf almost every day. I also think that staffing great team members and encouraging them to be their best, being honest and being clear in communication is very important. I realize now after ten years in business that utilizing everyone's gifts so they can feel accomplished and bring their own talents to the table is the key to success. This makes it a win-win-win situation. In my family life, we eat almost exclusively homemade meals.  We eat our meals together.  We also enjoy reading and snuggling together. With my partner Dusty, we are really good at balancing playtime (surf, yoga, hiking, etc.) by ourselves, with each other, homeschooling, and work. It's really all about loving communication and honesty.

You are a trained yoga teacher and used to offer yoga classes in your boutique.  Why don't you offer daily yoga classes in your retail location anymore?

Well, this is a great question. While I love teaching yoga and sharing the benefits of the practice, I realized that in the last 3 years of operating my business in this commercial space, I have essentially been running 3 businesses: 1) Jewelry Production/Wholesale, 2) Yoga Studio, 3) Retail Boutique. I realized this year that I wasn't able to focus on any of the businesses wholeheartedly and give 100%. It seemed like something was always being left behind. So I decided, with the support of my wonderful staff, to cease offering daily yoga classes. Our North Shore community has an abundance of amazing yoga teachers and venues, so the niche is easily being filled for our clients. My jewelry design business has been growing steadily and has patiently been waiting to expand~ I wasn't able to give this passion enough focus or energy to take it to the next level. I feel very blessed to be able to move forward in my design career with my yoga teaching experience and practicing the lessons of yoga philosophy with my business.

Will you continue to teach yoga/workshops/birthing classes?

I am still offering birthing classes in our space, as well as occasional workshops.  I will be teaching yoga as requested for certain special events as well as private yoga lessons.  Facilitating birthing workshops has become a passion of mine over the last couple of years. You can view my events page HERE to see upcoming events.  (Join me on March 23 in Honolulu at Vino and Vinyasa at the Moana Surfrider for a fun yoga class on the lawn!)  And I am now an ambassador for Lululemon, and I have a few great ideas for positive growth in the yoga community with this sponsorship.

You taught a few classes at Wanderlust Oahu in 2015. What was that like and what did you take away from that experience? 

Teaching at Wanderlust Oahu was such a gift. I love the festival vibe, and to be able to share my gifts in such a large receptive community was amazing!  I was extremely nervous because the classes were huge (60-200 students) compared to my typical class size, and I always hated public speaking as a child. So it really pushed me past my comfort zone, plus there is always a moment before teaching a class where I completely doubt myself and wonder to myself: "Who put me in charge? Why do I have to be the leader?" But in the end I know I'm here to share the wisdom that has been passed down to me in the best way possible, and that is my job as a teacher.  I have received such wonderful feedback from students who took some of my kundalini yoga classes there, and their responses have been uplifting and inspiring.  This knowing that my gifts are appreciated and that I am being of service keeps me moving forward.

Any other words of wisdom you would like to share?

I am so excited to see how the world changes as consciousness continues to expand. People are becoming more aware of their innate ability to love and to create their dreams in situations where everybody wins. As I become more aware of my own true purpose to live in love and share love, I am excited to grow myself as a person. I enjoy watching the changes that are happening with this global shift and I know that there will be a grand outcome greater than we can imagine.

 

 


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Gem Guide

Amazonite | Amethyst |  Apatite  |  Aquamarine  |  Chalcedony  |  Chrysoprase  |  Citrine  |  Druzy  |  Fluorite  |  Freshwater Pearl  |  Garnet  |  Iolite  |  Kyanite  |  Labradorite  |  Lapis Lazuli  |  Lemon Quartz  |  Moonstone  |  Mother of Pearl  |  Opal  |  Peridot  |  Pink Opal  |  Puka Shells  |  Pyrite  |  Quartz  |  Rose Quartz  |  Rhodochrosite  |  Ruby  |  Sunstone  |  Tanzanite  |  Topaz  |  Tourmaline  |  Turquoise

     

Agate

  • agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy,
  • harmonizes the yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe
  • metaphysically, agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence
                              

Amazonite

  • heals and opens both the heart and throat chakras to enhance loving communication
  • Assists in manifesting universal love
  • Soothes emotional trauma
  • Alleviates worry and fear
    

Amethyst

  • symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom
  • using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings and love of the divine
  • helps overcome fears and cravings, as well as relieve headaches
  • can also be used as a dream stone and to help insomnia by placing the stone under your pillow while sleeping
  • this powerful protective stone can transmute negative energy into loving energy and enhance intuitive guidance
       

 

Apatite  

  • aids in manifestation
  • can help deepen meditation as well as raise kundalini energy
  • aids in communication and self expression, leading to knowledge of truth through the throat chakra
        

 Aquamarine

  • reduces stress and quiets the mind
  • a stone of courage, it is believed to counteract dark forces
  • sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance
  • clears the throat chakra and encourages service to humanity
  • encourages responsibility for oneself and promotes self-expression
  

 Chalcedony

  • a powerful cleansing stone that absorbs negative energy in order to balance the body, mind and spirit
  • transforms melancholy into joy
  • eases self-doubt
  • facilitates inward self-reflection
  • creates harmony

Chrysoprase

  • stimulates self-acceptance, forgiveness and compassion
  • said to enhance fertility
  • promotes relaxation, deep meditative states and peaceful sleep
  • stimulates creativity
  • energizes the sacral and heart chakras
    

 Citrine

  • powerful cleanser and regenerator
  • warming, energizing and highly creative stone
  • absorbs, transmutes, dissipates and grounds negative energy
  • stone of abundance, teaching us how to manifest and attract wealth, prosperity and  success
  • soothes group/family discord
  • raises self-esteem and self-confidence, helping to develop a positive attitude
  • enhances concentration
  • helps overcome depression and fear
  • promotes inner calm so wisdom can emerge
    

Druzy

  • encourages clarity of mind
  • stimulates the rising of Kundalini energy to the crown chakra
  • balances the chakras
  • amplifies the energy of the surrounding stones
    

Fluorite

  • powerful mineral that helps ground your energy and improve focus
  • absorbs negative energies within the environment
  • helps heal infections and disorders within the body
    

 

Freshwater Pearl

  • symbol of love and purity
  • promotes truth and loyalty
      

 Garnet

  • balances the root chakra
  • stimulates passion and creativity
  • promotes courage needed to overcome challenges or situations of crisis
  • improves self-confidence
  • works to heal blood-related diseases
     

Green Onyx

  • physically, onyx is beneficial for teeth, bones, bone marrow, the feet, and blood disorders.
  • a secretive stone that assists in keeping your own counsel
  • provides support and relief in times of exceptional stress and confusion
  • can be used to heal old grief and suffering

Iolite

  • activates the third eye, enhancing visualization and intuitive insight
  • aids in understanding
  • helps you express your true self
  • creates harmony in relationships

Jade

  • a "dream stone" that when placed on the forehead can bring insightful dreams and emotional release
  • a symbol of purity and serenity
  • much revered in the East, it is associated with increasing love in the heart chakra 
  • releases negative emotions
        

 

Kyanite

  • opens the throat chakra, encouraging self-expression and communication
  • excellent for meditation; amplifies high frequency energies
  • cuts through ignorance, fear and blockages
  • boosts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety

 Labradorite

  • connects you to your higher consciousness
  • brings light to the wearer and blocks negative energy
  • stimulates intuition
  • balances fears and insecurities
  • strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe
  • a stone of transformation and useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance
  • a highly mystical and protective stone
      

 Lapiz Lazuli

  • opens the third eye
  • balances the throat chakra
  • stimulates enlightenment and enhances psychic abilities
  • releases stress and brings serenity and peace
  • protective stone, blocking you from negative energy
  • encourages self-expression and speaking your truth
      

 Lemon Quartz

  • meditation with lemon quartz will enhance focus on your goals with a clear, bright outlook to manifest your future as you wish it to be
  • a good luck stone, it helps usher in opportunities for abundance
  • helps curb diet-related cravings
     

Moonstone

  • balances the hormonal cycle
  • soothes and stabilizes the emotions
  • promotes intuition and helps develop clairvoyance
  • balances the sacral and solar plexus chakras
  • brings about good fortune and passionate love
    

Mother of pearl

  • attracts fortune and happiness
  • symbolizes purity, integrity and grace
     

Opal

  • enhances cosmic consciousness
  • induces psychic and mystical visions
  • reflective, karmic stone, teaching you that what you put out comes back
  • helps you realize your full potential
  • stimulates creativity

Peridot

  • promotes grace and serenity
  • brings about forgiveness of oneself and dissolves feelings of self-blame
  • enhances prosperity in all areas of life
  • gently releases anger
    

Pink opal

  • said to aid in cleansing and activating the root and sacral chakras
  • creates a feeling of being centered

Puka shells

  • originates from cone snail shells in the ocean  
  • In the Hawaiian tradition, the wearing of puka shells was thought to ensure a peaceful and safe voyage, especially for sailors on a long journey
        

Pyrite

  • excellent energy shield, blocking out negative energy
  • a positive stone, facilitating tapping into abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas
  • improves memory
  • boasts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety and frustration

Quartz

  • raises the vibration and amplifies energy
  • enhances psychic abilities and attunes you to your spiritual purpose
    

Rose Quartz

  • a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace
  • activates the heart chakra
  • purifies and opens the heart and helps to attract love
  • enhances positive affirmations

Rhodochrosite

  • helps to attract soul mates
  • clears the solar plexus chakra
  • helps you to face the truth with loving awareness
  • encourages a positive attitude
  • enhances dream states and creativity
  • can lift depressed moods and bring light into your life
     

Ruby

  • stimulates the heart chakra
  • encourages you to "follow your bliss" and passion for life
  • promotes dynamic leadership
  • attracts sexual activity
  • creates a positive and courageous mentality
  • encourages transformation and removal of negative energy

Silverite

  • Sometimes called mystic sapphire, this stone is typically a sapphire which is heat treated to give it a coating to make it shiny.  
  • They are said to facilitate peace and balance within the physical, mental and spiritual energies of the body
  • Sapphires, in all their beauty, have been highly regarded and sought after throughout history, and associated with kings, emperors and Greek gods.

Sunstone

  • clears all the chakras
  • a joyful stone which brings in light and energy, allowing the true self to shine through happily
  • encourages optimism and enthusiasm
  • acts as an anti-depressant, lifting dark moods and bringing in the regenerative power of the sun

Tanzanite

  • activates the throat chakra for clear communication and expression
  • promotes compassion
  • calms an overactive mind
  • brings a peaceful understanding of one's own heart
     

 

Tiger's Eye

  • a protective stone, bringing out integrity and promoting clarity of intention
  • alleviates depression
  • helps to mend personal issues of psychiatric dis-ease, a feeling of unworthiness and self-criticism
  • increases low-sex drive
         

Topaz

  • a soothing stone that heals and energizes
  • promotes truth and forgiveness
  • helps you to find your true path
  • stimulates self-confidence

 

 Tourmaline

  • cleanses, purifies and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration
  • grounds spiritual energy
  • clears and balances all the chakras
  • attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity
  • balances male/female energy in the body

 Turquoise

  • serves as a protective stone, keeping the wearer from harm
  • brings about good fortune
  • symbolizes friendship
  • can increase growth and muscular strength, as well as detoxify the body
  • said to balance all the chakras