Marilyn may have been on the right track when she said “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but—with all due respect to Material Girls past and present—I’ve always been a costume jewelry-kind-of-gal. Well I don’t exactly turn down the diamond jewelry that my guy gifts me on special occasions, but those pieces do spend more time in the velvet box than their chunky, funky counterparts. Why? Well, costume jewelry is simply more interesting. Today we are talking about chunky, funky, interesting and fun when we talk about PONO.
Long a favorite at we heart this (as well as many celebrities and stylists), PONO is a line of accessories created by businesswoman Joan Goodman. Goodman was first inspired to create this line after moving from New York to Hawaii back in the seventies and meeting her best friend, Pono. In Hawaiian “pono” means goodness, righteousness, virtuous and necessity (among others). Many years later the accessory line Goodman would create would bear her best friend’s name and invoke the qualities of its meaning.
As president of Bobbi Trim Ltd., a button manufacturer and distributor in New York City whose clients include everyone from Marc Jacobs to Vera Wang, Goodman was finally able to expand the family business to include her long envisioned accessory line six years ago. Ever since, this blend of vintage meets classic with a nod to the here and now has been seen everywhere, from the arms of television’s Gossip Girls and Stacy London of What Not To Wear, to publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, InStyle and O Magazine.
Back in my teenage years when diamonds weren’t even an option, my accessories were pretty much limited to finds from my mom’s old jewelry box (stashed with great Bakelite, Lucite and resins from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s). Mom’s jewelry box was great, but today PONO offers grown-up accessorizing options inspired by the vintage design I love. Classic elements, nature and a very modern concern for the environment are also part of PONO’s inspiration, all of which are achieved through the use of Italian resins, shells and natural woods and horn.
The bracelet I received from PONO is the gorgeous Blackhorn Cuff made from Italian acetate. Blacks, browns, nudes and creams swirl together in a seamless wave (a similar version shown far left in above image). After discovering the Hawaiian inspiration of this line, I am constantly reminded of the clash of powdery-soft taupe sand pushed to hot and heavy black obsidian beaches by crashing, foaming waves. This little bit of tropical inspiration looks as fantastic with jeans and a tee as it does with a Little Black Dress. Dressing up or dressing down, this cuff has a way of fitting in and polishing that final look.
Looking over PONO’s line, it seems that all their accessories have the same versatility, making these pieces must-haves for any wardrobe. Goodman wasn’t kidding when she choose to lend the meaning of “pono” to her line since it truly is a “necessity.”
In addition to the amazing cuffs (mine might as well be welded to my wrist at this point since I wear it EVERY SINGLE DAY), wht also received hand faceted Italian crystal rock resin bangle Faceted Bracelets available in a rainbow of colors including clear, bamboo, rattan, cancun, apricot and seagrass (above image). These crackled looking, solid bracelets are substantial enough to make a statement on its own and easily mixed with any number of shapes and colors for the current “pile them on” bracelet look. If you like what you see here, make sure to check out the PONO facebook page for fashion news, more jewelry images and updates on the latest releases from PONO.
Sending us these fantastic bracelets made this wht reviewer truly thankful, but these do-gooders did even better! PONO graciously donate 50 of their stunning Royal Choker necklaces for the Raffle for the Rescues gift bags! What I’m feeling here must be more than just puppy love…
We heart this testers, does PONO fulfill your need for versatile fun jewelry while inspiring you to bask on a black sand beach under a coconut tree…with a really cute, newly-adopted doggie?
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
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