KaiKoa Designs draws inspiration from the natural wonders of our local ocean. We create unique handmade ocean inspired jewellery pieces that illustrate the beautiful sun-soaked beaches of the Sunshine Coast. Most of our designs have been inspired by shells and coral in our oceans, reefs and beaches. We believe your jewellery should be livable and reflect your lifestyle.
We offer pieces such as coastal pendants, beach earrings, wave rings and so much more. Our unisex range has everything to offer from mens silver rings to sterling silver earrings for women – we have the perfect beach jewellery for anyone. Our ocean inspired jewellery is made from 100% sterling silver meaning you can take it with you for a swim without the fear of rust!
As passionate ocean lovers, we strive to be environmentally conscious, sustainable and eco-friendly. Our mission is to run our studio on renewable energy, make our waste products recyclable and deliver our designs in either recyclable or compostable wrapping.
100% of our pieces are handmade right here on the Sunshine Coast. We make everything in-house and want to share with you our 10-step process from start to finish.
FORM WAX – We start with the raw form of wax, there are many types to use, from hard to soft, for many different textures, and finishes.
CARVE WAX – We carve the wax into rings, pendants, earrings, or bangles – using carving tools, files, sandpaper, flames, blow torches, compressed air and hot electric wax carvers. This takes quite a lot of time and detail.
SPRUE – We then sprue the piece – which means adding a long piece of wax that allows us to connect the jewellery to a sprue tree. This attaches the rest of the wax pieces ready for the casting process.
CAST – The wax tree is put into an investment plaster to harden and then in the kiln to further solidify. The molten silver is then poured into the cast and as it cools, the cast is then dissolved in water, to reveal the sterling silver tree. We delicately saw, cut, grind, or sand the sprue off each individual piece of jewellery.
OXIDISE – Depending on the desired finish or texture of each piece of jewellery we may use an oxidising agent to bring out the definition of textures against a polished sterling silver surface.
FINISH – When finishing each unique piece, we sand it with a variety of different equipment, before smoothing and shining with a polishing agent to achieve the desired effect.
HALLMARK – We then hallmark all our pieces with the sterling silver hallmark 925.
IONIC CLEAN – Once the polishing and finishing of the piece is complete we place it into an ionic cleaner to pull away any foreign materials left behind from the polish.
POLISH – The piece is then rinsed in water and hand polished with a microfibre silver polishing cloth.
PACKAGE – Now the piece is ready to be packaged up and sent to its lucky new owner!