Delicate handmade jewelry

Honolulu, Hawaii | 98 Sales


Delicate handmade jewelry

Honolulu, Hawaii 98 Sales On Etsy since 2018

5 out of 5 stars (6)

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  • Hanna Ali on Jan 11, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I originally discovered prickly pear at a local crafts fair. The lady was so sweet and patient as i perused the many things that caught my eye. There were quite a few pieces i wanted to get and decided on a pair of pink crystal earrings. I took a card thinking i would probably lose it like usual. Everytime I wore the earrings i received many compliments and people asked me where i got the earrings. The design was unique and simple, yet so elegant. I found the card and then ordered the flower bracelet which also caught my eye the same day. The shipment came very quickly. If i had known it would be so fast i could have ordered in time for xmas gifts. Love the service and product and would highly recommend!

  • Cassidy Perkins on Dec 20, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    My new favorite earrings! VERY well made and Fast shipping :)

  • Jayna on Dec 4, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I adore this bracelet. Shereen was so accommodating and patient, and the bracelet turned out just the way I pictured it. Definitely will be looking out for more of her designs.

  • Travis Perkins on Nov 20, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Very refreshing to be so completely satisfied with my online purchase. The necklace was beautifully hand crafted with such attention to detail. I couldn't be happier!
    The necklace got to me in no time and was exactly as described and pictured. Perfect gift for my daughter!
    Thank You 😊

  • Ruby on Sep 29, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    These beauties are so much more prettier in person! I ordered this in 3 different colors and Shereen went above and beyond to get a gray crystal I requested! Excellent customer service and quality!! Will definitely order again!


Decades ago (in 2003) I was working full-time for the Department of Health here in Hawaii. I loved my job. I loved the people I worked with. But I was bored. So to engage my brain, I decided to pursue a master's degree. And then, in the midst of being swamped with work and school, a coworker introduced me to the art of jewelry-making. I was most definitely no longer bored.

Not one to quit, I completed my degree program in creative writing, and I've been making jewelry ever since. It's a passion. It relaxes me. And my stash of supplies is probably worth thousands. I'd prefer to think I'm not a hoarder though. :D

Prickly Pear Designs, LLC was born in January 2018. It's still in its infancy, but here you'll find high-quality, hand-made jewelry. Components include sterling silver, natural stones and a lot of Swarovski crystals. See something you like but you'd prefer it in gold or with a different stone? Send me a message and I'd be happy to price it for you.

Much of the jewelry you'll find here is beachy or made with Southeast Asian or Arab vibes. My Egyptian heritage plays a large role in my taste in jewelry.

Prickly pears have figured in my life in one way or another while I was growing up. As a teenager while visiting Alexandria, Egypt one summer, our mom wanted to buy us prickly pears off of a cart on a street in our neighborhood. Good plan, except that the street seller's knife was dirty, and mom decided she'd rather peel the fruit for us herself. If you've ever (accidentally, I'm sure) touched the outside of a prickly pear, you know that the thick skin is covered in small, almost clear spines that quickly embed themselves in your hands. Let's just say my little sister and I spent most of the evening holding our mom's hands up to the light so we could see the little spines and pull them out with our nails.

In my undergrad years I wrote a poem about prickly pears. It featured a man that ate too many. He swallowed the seeds and had terrible constipation. I'll be sure to post the poem here if I ever find it.

Prickly pears grow in Hawaii too. You'll see them on the side of the freeway if you drive to the west side of Oahu.

I'm always adding new pieces to the collection. Check back soon!

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  • Shereen El-Kadi

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    Hi! My name is Shereen El-Kadi, and I'm the owner of Prickly Pear Designs. I've designed and made everything you'll find in this store.

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