The next time you think there are no new gifts ideas for Valentine’s Day, think again. If you’ve done the flowers and the chocolates once too often, maybe it’s time to be thinking about an eco-friendly gift and has natural beauty.
The craftsmen at the Hawaii-based workshop of Martin & MacArthur have been hard at work creating innovative new ideas with Koa, the beautiful wood that grown only in Hawaii. Koa was once a private luxury reserved exclusively for the early kings and queens of Hawaii. Today, Koa wood grows on all the major Hawaiian Islands, but the most beautiful Koa is found on the Big Island, where the active volcanic soil is the richest. Koa offers unmistakable reddish brown colors with a fluttering pattern known by Hawaiians as “curly.”
Today, the craftsmen of Martin & MacArthur use Koa wood to create fine Koa furniture and stunning personal accessories that you never thought possible with wood.
The company’s features Koa wood watches in over 40 different styles for both men and women. Wood watches are all the rage now, but only Martin & MacArthur creates a wood watch with its radiant special reserve Koa from private plantations on the Big Island. The company’s Koa watches include styles with beautiful faces made from mother of pearl, classic gold, and silver. The links of each watch are hand-carved and assembled to exacting specifications. The premium quartz movements are made by Miyota and guaranteed long lasting enjoyment. The most impressive wood watch is the self-winding automatic Koa watch with a 24-jewel mechanical movement. See through the skeleton face and watch the precision mechanism turn second by second.
In case you’re wondering about upkeep, wood watches are nearly effortless. You never have to polish your wood watch and the quartz battery lasts about two years before needing replacement at any watch repair shop. The wood watch bands are fully adjustable with a tiny screwdriver, or simply take it to a nearly jewelry store for adjusting.
The craftsmen of Martin & MacArthur have recently designed innovative fine Koa jewelry. Inspired by the beauty of Hawaii, this Koa jewelry includes semi-precious stones, crystals, and high quality glass in remarkable colors. The company’s Koa wood is carved into tiny cabochons to fit castings created specifically for its collections. The metal castings are dipped in 14K gold or sterling silver.
The newest jewelry collections are called Pacific Blues and Lehua Red. The Blues collection reflects the ever-changing colors of the Pacific Ocean and the Lehua collection features the deep, rich red hues of this beautiful Hawaiian flower.
All of Martin & MacArthur fine Koa jewelry is hypo-allergenic and free from nickel or lead.
The essence of Hawaii is captured in Martin & MacArthur Koa Eternity Rings. The craftsmen have designed seven different styles that combine the best of Hawaii’s land and sea. Various ring styles incorporate Paua Shell from the Pacific of combinations of blond and dark Koa wood from the Big Island. The company guarantees it will have your size in rings for men and women ranging from sizes 4 to 15. All Koa Eternity Rings are made with super-hardtungsten castings which never need polishing and never scratch. For a ring that will stand out for its natural beauty, choose a Koa Eternity Ring.
If your partner has enough jewelry, then the perfect gift is a Koa jewelry box. Martin & MacArthur features Koa jewelry boxes made by eight of the finest craftsmen in Hawaii. These craftsmen create jewelry boxes with beautiful curly Koa wood. Choose from simple boxes to more significant designs with drawers or hinged covers. Some boxes have removable sliding trays and segmented compartments. All these jewelry boxes are made in Hawaii and start in price from $169.
This Valentine’s Day, give something hand crafted and made with the most beautiful wood in the world – Koa wood from Hawaii.
Written by Michael Tam, a writer in Hawaii who has never seen a Koa tree he doesn’t want to hug.