HONOLULU (November 15, 2017) – In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Hawaiian black coral being named Hawaii’s state gem, Maui Divers Jewelry today launched its new Endless Ocean™ Collection. The collection includes an assortment of rings, pendants, and earrings featuring Hawaiian black coral and 14-karat yellow gold.
Hawaiian Black Coral grows dense and lustrous from the strong and clean currents of the Au’au Channel. Maui Divers’ dedication to preserving the health of the world’s waters is reflected in a piece from the latest collection. The Endless Ocean™ Collection is symbolized by two opposing wave scrolls representing the ocean current, bringing your heart to Hawaii. The two hemispheres of lustrous black coral separated by a delicate gold line indicate the interdependence of the ecosystems both above and below the sea.
Hawaiian Black Coral was discovered in the Auʻau Channel off of Maui during a fateful diving expedition in 1958. A year later, Maui Divers began to design, manufacture and sell Hawaiian Black Coral jewelry with the intrigue of this ocean treasure’s beauty and its ability to hold a remarkable mirror polish. Since then, the coral jewelry manufacturer has committed itself to the responsible stewardship and sustainable harvest of this precious natural resource.
On November 23, 1987, Governor John Waiheʻe declared black coral as the official gem of Hawaii, noting that jewelry created with Hawaiian Black Coral helps provide recognition of Hawaii all over the world. He also stated that the harvesting and manufacturing of black coral grown in island waters requires resourcefulness and ingenuity.
“Today, Maui Divers Jewelry continues to work with federal and state agencies to ensure any harvesting of precious corals is done with minimal impact and allows for sustainability,” said President & CEO Bob Taylor. “I think what many people don’t realize is that precious corals are deep-water corals, which means they do not form reefs. Size and weight limits have been implemented to ensure continued sustainability of the resources.”