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Leighton Lam Designs celebrates 40 years of jewelry making at Made in Hawaii Festival

Creating jewelry authentic to Hawaii

Sponsored by Made in Hawaii Festival presented by First Hawaiian Bank

Lifelong surfer Leighton Lam will be one of the hundreds of exhibitors at the Made in Hawaii Festival from August 16 – 18, 2019, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. He’s proud to have been making jewelry in Hawaii for 40 years. We all have pieces of jewelry that are important to us, and when you wear a piece from Leighton Lam Designs, Lam says you are connecting to the authenticity of Hawaii and your experiences there.

Lam started making his own surfboards as a teenager using the resin medium. As he poured different colored resins over his hand-shaped surfboards, the flow and blending of the resin intrigued him. He saw its potential as an art medium and this started his lifelong career as an artist. Many people loved the art, but couldn’t afford it and asked for something more affordable. That’s when Lam turned to jewelry making with his first collection called “Ear Art.”

Leighton Lam Designs offers more than just island inspired jewelry, but lighting and art concepts too.


As jewelry fashions toned down to gold and silver, Lam focused on Hawaii, creating the Hawaiian Nature Collection and Hawaiian Quilt Designs jewelry collections. He mastered the technique of using acid to cut brass in fine detail and then plate it in 24k gold or oxidized silver. He also added a cast sterling silver and diamond-cutting design to the line.

1996 gave Leighton the opportunity for a new innovation: Copper lighting fixtures. He increased the scale of his art designs to create copper light sconces. He named this collection of beautiful lighting, “Paradise Lights,” designed to create a Hawaiian sense of place.  Then in 2001, Lam’s Pacific Isle Collection returned with an elegant new twist in pearl jewelry, combining fresh water pearls, crystal and sterling silver.

His creative spirit not only evokes jewelry collections that are always evolving, but also offers custom original artwork that can be found throughout homes in Hawaii. Whether it’s flying across the water on his windsurfer or dropping in on an epic wave, Lam finds constant inspiration from the ocean and the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.

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