The wedding leis of Niihau are often made with "laiki" or "rice" shells. This yellow/white lei consists of ten strands or more and 18" or longerPricing for shell lei are determined by the colors and types of shells; style and quality of the stringing; and the length of the lei.The finest of the Ni‘ihau shell lei may sell for more than $10,000. Ni‘ihau shell lei are worm primarily by women. Leis are then traditionally joined by a cowrie shell which compliments it in color and size.
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62" 12 strand laiki wedding lei
late 1800" early 1900's`
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This necklace has been in my family since it was purchsaed by my great grandmother and it has been passed down to me and has never bee appaised
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