History of Hawaiian Jewelry | Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry Legacy
The history of Hawaiian Jewelry’s history dates back to 19th Century England during the Victorian Era. Queen Emma & then Princess Liliʻuokalani attended Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee where they received bracelets engraved with their names. Inspired and in celebration with her close friendship with England’s Queen Victoria & Price Albert, Queen Liliʻuokalani commissioned a bracelet with “Hoʻomanao Mau” (Lasting Memory) in old English letters in black enamel. This bracelet became a beloved treasure she wore her entire life.
In 1893 Queen Liliʻuokalani presented Zoe Atkinson, daughter of Alatau Tomchiboulac Atkinson, with a gold bangle engraved with “ʻAloha ʻOe” in black enamel letters. Atkinson was the Principal of Pohukaina Girls School and at the Queenʻs request, the social coordinator for various galas at ʻIolani Palace and the bracelet was to thank her for her contributions.
Atkinson wore her bangle to school and the students were immediately enchanted. Soon mothers started ordering bracelets for their daughters. Traditionally given as a birthday or graduation gifts, mothers and grandmothers often wore the bracelets themselves until the girls were old enough to care for their treasured heirloom. Thus, a legacy was born and it lives on today, stronger than ever.
Hawaiian jewelry is often given to celebrate milestones; birthdays, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries. These pieces are an heirloom to be passed from generation to generation. Because of its timeless beauty, all the magic, tradition, and pride of the Hawaiian culture becomes yours when you wear these treasured heirlooms.
For over 40 years our Kama'aina (local) company has been specializing in hand engraved Hawaiian Jewelry. Our traditional designs incorporate the symbols of Hawaiian culture - the plumeria, the hibiscus, and the maile.
Since 1972, Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry has brought the timeless legacy and beauty of Hawaiian jewelry and diamonds to the public. Hawaii's luscious tropical bamboo forests, gardens of blooming roses, endangered sea turtles, and graceful dolphins have inspired our master engravers to create a growing collection of exclusive Premium Designs.
Hand made one at a time in our Honolulu factory, Hawaiian Jewelry has become a treasured heirloom to be handed down from generation to generation. To celebrate the milestones of our lives, these heirlooms capture your cherished memories.
Custom Made / Special Orders
Due to the nature of custom order jewelry and special orders, there are No Exchanges, No Refunds, No Cancellation and No Merchandise Credits.
Non-custom Merchandise may be exchanged or used as a Merchandise Credit provided:
1. Request is made within 30 (thirty) days.
2. Exchange/Credit request is accompanied by all original receipts and documents, including sales incentives and promotions.
3. Merchandise is in new condition.
Merchandise sold at “Marked Down,” or “Clearance price” is sold as ALL Sales Final. No refunds, No Merchandise Credit and No Exchanges.
Certified Diamond/ Trade Up Policy
When you purchase Certified Diamond from Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry, we will give you full trade up value when you spend at least an additional $1,000 on another Certified Diamond. You need to supply all original purchase documents (receipt, diamond certificate, diamond report) which are subject to verification from a Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry Gemologist.
Regular custom orders will ship in approximately 10 - 15 business days. In-stock items will ship within 72 hours. Orders with diamonds may take up to 4 weeks. Depending on the order, rush options are available.
Order can be shipped within 48 hours if required. Please call or email us for faster delivery date options.
Domestic orders will be shipped via USPS, FedEx or UPS. Signature is required upon delivery of any package for your protection. UPS & FEDEX will attempt to deliver 3 business days in a row before returning the package. Any changes made to the delivery address after it has been shipped from our factory requested by the addressee may result in additional shipping charges.
APO/FPO and PO Boxes may only be shipped via U.S. Postal Service and will require additional time for delivery.
International orders will be shipped via USPS.
Business days are Monday-Friday, excluding U.S. Federal holidays. Your tracking number will be sent via email when the package has been shipped.
At Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry (RHHJ) we are committed to ensuring our customers' privacy. We will not sell, exchange or give out your personal information including e-mail addresses. Our policy will always be to keep all information given to us by our customers strictly confidential.
Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry's acknowledgement of an order means that your order request has been received; it does not mean that your order has been accepted or shipped or that the price or availability of an item has been confirmed. RHHJ reserves the right to cancel any order if an item has been mispriced, described inaccurately, or in no longer available. Certain weights, measurements, and other descriptions are approximate.
Pricing and Promotions
The prices offered on our website and in our retail stores may differ, as we may choose to offer items at different prices or run different promotional events at different times. For this reason, prices and promotions offered on our website may not always apply in stores, and store prices and promotions may not always apply online, unless otherwise stated. Items offered may or may have not been previously sold at MSRP price.
We have made every effort to describe and display our products and services accurately. Despite these efforts, some items on the website may be inaccurate and there may be delays in updating information on the website. RHHJ reserves the right to change or update information and to correct errors at any time without notice.