July 12th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Photos courtesy of Hawaii All-Collectors Show

Is that honu pin your Tutu gave you Ming’s…or not?

I was fortunate to inherit a beautiful bracelet from my mother, and it reminds me of the sparkle in her eyes when my father surprised her with a gift of Ming’s Jewelry. He worked on Bishop Street in the Dillingham Building, and every once in a while he would pop in to the Ming’s Jewelry of Hawaii downtown store. Whether it was a pikake bracelet or fish earrings, she was always delighted.

You can learn more about your pieces from vintage jewelry experts Linda Lee and Dale Cripps on Sunday, July 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. They will be giving free jewelry IDs and informal appraisals during the Hawaii All-Collectors Show.  Find them in Booth 223. (Limit is five pieces.)

See the seahorse frolicking among the flowers?

Ming’s was started by artist Wook Moon in 1940, the year my parents were married, and over time the popular store became known as the”Tiffany of the Pacific.” The company eventually expanded to San Francisco, New York City and other mainland cities. The last Ming’s store, located on Fort Street Mall, closed in October, 1999.

A classic Ming’s Chrysanthemum set.

The Ming’s pieces were crafted from gold, sterling silver, jade, pearls and ivory. They have become treasured collectors items.

Linda Lee has been collecting Ming’s jewelry since the 1980s. After 40 years of collecting, this will be her last event for displaying, identifying and informally appraising the iconic jewelry. So if you think you got Ming’s, this would be an ideal time to find out.

The Hawaii All-Collectors Show will be Sunday, July 14

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

General admission: $5

Children 7 – 11: $2

Early entry is at 9:30 a.m. and costs $20

Paula Rath






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