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Petroglyphs
 
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The Hawaiian Petroglyphs actually pre-date the existing Polynesian culture. Carved into a lava flow on the Big Island of “Hawaii” they may have survived a thousand years or more. They are in remarkable condition and tell the story of their interpretation of their world through Icons. Sea turtles,Catamarans, warriors and women giving birth are but a few of the thousands of carvings. There was no metal technology on these islands so these are especially important to the documentation of island history. The simple reason for the stone on stone carving style (very laborious and time consuming is due to that lack of metal technology. I took photos of the lava fields, created computer scans, capturing the texture of the rock as well as the characters themselves. They are rendered in a variety of jewelry styles produced by our studio in association with A.M Ross and Son.