Based within the eclectic island of Maui, Kristel Bandisch of RockaBella Jewels creates beautiful pieces for her customer that are handmade and one-of-a-kind. For most of her designs, Kristel creates pieces that are made to order so her customers know that their special piece was made just for them.
BB: How and when did you get into jewelry design?
KB: Back in grade school is as far as I can remember, at recess making necklaces out of the flowers with my friends, making friendship bracelets after school, then grew up a bit and started collecting kahelelani shells on Maui while I was prego with Annabelle and started making earrings with them and selling to boutiques in 2002.
BB: What is your favorite thing about designing and creating jewelry?
KB: How it makes me feel, happy! I love thinking and sourcing material for my ideas, the construction process, the finished product and the smile on my customers faces
BB: What is it about living in Hawaii that influences your designs?
KB: The melting pot…
BB: What are some of your biggest inspirations and influences as a designer?
KB: At this moment… People and places ,The sport of Fashion from the runway to the beach
BB: What’s a typical work day like for you?
KB: First off I gotta make what I was thinking about yesterday!!! Once that’s out of my mind, its on to emails and checking in with all y’all on instagram, twitter, sorting material for customer orders, lighting up the torch and off I go! I gotta make my shipments by 3 everyday so Pandora goes on and I get in the zone hahaa!
BB: Where can we buy your jewelry?
KB: There is a nice handful of places to find bits and pieces. Local shops through out Hawaii include Biasa Rose, Persimmon Boutique, Ginger and Koi, Resort Shops on all islands, Kailani Boutique and Lula Balou on the East Coast, Ryleee in Japan and shop online www.rockabellajewels.com
BB: What’s next for Rockabella Jewelry?
KB: Summer Trunk Shows at Fighting Eel on Oahu and Kailani Boutique in Montauk New York, Accessories Exhibit, Miami Swim Week in July.
Favorite Maui hideaway… Hamoa Beach
Favorite thing about living in Hawaii… Every single thing!
Go-to restaurant/café…usual… Café des Ami , Paia Maui
Never catch me without my… kids… pearls
Beach bag must-haves….samudra clutch, its perfect for the beach, zips up my camera, phone, sunscreen etc. so no sand gets inside! Pua Hawaii pareos, coconut water, and a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly
Beauty essentials… food, water, a good nights sleep, and Laura Mercier tinited moisturizer,
Travel or stay home…. travel
Favorite destination… Timbus Beach, Bali
Next stop… Miami
Words to live by…. What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger