Our Sun Rise Shell necklace perk

We are in the process of setting up a jewelry stand at the big local swap meet here in Hawaii to sell some Hawaiian jewelry items we have accumulated in recent years in a effort to raise extra money for the Lost Island Movie project. We are now offering these items as a reward or perk for donations to our movie project. The good thing about these Hawaiian jewery rewards is that you will not have to wait for the movie to be finished to get your perk as we have them in stock, or on order and they can be finished and shipped while we are still working on the movie.

One of these items is our Hawaiian Sunrise Shell pendant, with a sterling silver chain. These colorfull shells only come from Hawaii. It is amazing that such wonderful colorfull shells are a natural part of Hawaii which is one of the most wonderful naturally colorfull places by itself. Now for a donation you can get a reward of one of these pendants, on a sterling silver chain, this pendant item is made in Hawaii, it includes a fine sterling silver chain18" chain. The Sunrise shell is about the size of a dime, up to the size of a quarter, (pictured). You will get a random choice of one of our Sunrise shells for your reward. A lovely Hawaiian gift for you for your donation to help the Lost Island Movie project.

Here's a quote from the local Hawaiian newspaper a few years ago:

"By Will Hoover, Advertiser North Shore Writer

Recently at the North Shore Surf & Cultural Museum, curator Stephen Gould was discussing wave heights with a tourist couple from New Zealand when a man walked in, pulled five tiny seashells from a drawstring bag and quietly placed them on the glass counter.

Homeless and unemployed James Kirk, foreground, at Ali'i Beach in Hale'iwa, is among dozens of people who comb the North Shore daily for sunrise shells. He says he sells them for $20 to $30 each.

When he was free, Gould turned to the man and asked what he wanted for the multicolored shells. The man who identified himself as Mike Johnson and said he had no home or phone said he'd like $150 cash for all five.

Gould promptly obliged, and Johnson departed.

"These shells are like an underground currency up here," said Gould, as he eyed his take and declared that he could probably get $175 for the largest shell alone. "It's like dealing in dope, only it's legal."

On the North Shore, they're known as sunrise shells because they're easiest to spot early in the morning. Legend has it that they were once the exclusive property of Hawaiian royalty.

They resemble the Shell Oil logo, only they come in seemingly every hue. They're unique to Hawai'i one of the Islands' rarest shells and the latest star in the shell market. Their value has soared in the past couple of years. Today, asking prices can run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars apiece when ordered online, though locally most retail for around $100 or less. And on the beaches around Hale'iwa, the hunt is on, with drifters, divers, even whole families scouring the sand for what shell experts call the Langford's Pecten.

Most are the size of a dime or smaller, but the biggest measure 1 3/4 inches wide. Anyone lucky enough to stumble across one can turn it into instant cash. "It's just like finding money," said Hale'iwa jewelry hobbyist Derek Montayre.

The shells of Hawaiian ocean scallops known as Langford's Pecten vary in color and size depending on age, location and ocean conditions. The largest are about the size of a half-dollar, the smallest smaller than a dime.

Interest in sunrise shells on O'ahu began a couple of years ago. Today, North Shore buyers who pay $8 to $10 for a fingernail-sized shell tweaked from the sand can get as much as $35 for it retail. Perfect specimens are hard to come by, but even fragments are worth money. One Hale'iwa jeweler pays for broken pieces.

"Sunrise shells are real cool," said Brent Lindberg, jeweler at Jungle Gems at North Shore Marketplace. "If I could buy a bunch of them, I would, because they sell.

"I had a guy come in today who wanted to sell me two of them. But when I told him I'd give him $20 for the both of them, he said it's not enough. They want more money for them these days."

Lindberg keeps a bag of two dozen sunrise shells, and has a separate stash of fragments. He said he'll pay $5 for broken pieces because he knows how to transform them into jewelry.

Across the way, at Polynesian Treasures, owner Gisela Cooper sells sunrise shells for $35 to $75 each. A medium-size shell in a puka shell necklace goes for around $90. Cooper gets her shells from people off the street.

"In the last three days, we've had five people come in selling sunrise shells," said Cooper. "We bought some from each one. Everybody's searching for them. And now people are diving for them."

Cooper's husband, Byron, said the attraction is that the shells are endemic to Hawai'i, they make fashionable jewelry, and they can't be mass-produced. He said he doesn't know the sellers.

"We never get their names," he said. "They are usually ... drifter types who find them in the sand and bring them in for extra cash."

Sunrise shells are small scallops of the bivalvia class known as Decatopecten noduliferum. They dwell on the sandy ocean floor to depths of 300 feet. After ocean swells, the shells of dead scallops sometimes wash ashore and can be found along the beach.

They are found throughout the Hawaiian Island chain, but primarily near Kaua'i and O'ahu."