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Authentic 62"12 strand Ni'ihau wedding lei

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.

Category: 
Jewelry and Gemstones
Condition: 
Excellent
Medium: 
Hawaiian shells
Distinguishing marks: 
62" 12 strand laiki wedding lei
Date Period: 
late 1800" early 1900's`
Size and dimensions of this item: 
Weight: 
History: 
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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