I'm Kristen Hawkes the founder of lelamooi. I was raised in Marin County, California in the '60s and '70s, an artistic and memorable time. I have found myself drawn to the creative process in both life and career ever since. Over the years I have studied and worked in various aspects of art and design throughout the United States and Europe. I currently reside in Santa Barbara, California, where I raised my family, established myself as a working painter/fine artist and launched lelamooi.
"For many years I felt the calling to create a line of handmade specialty rings. Back in the '70s in Santa Fe, New Mexico my dad discovered what I call “the magic ring” and purchased it for my mom. Childhood memories of admiring this jewel and dreaming of it's powers stuck with me. My mom generously passed this piece along to me, understanding my connection. I have found wearing “the magic ring” creates joy, encourages personal empowerment and inspires interesting conversations. This special energy has been the building block for lelamooi."
lelamooi combines a passion for creativity and fine art, a love of life’s mysteries and a desire to serve others. This is a family run business and a true collaboration. I feel very grateful to be supported by an extended group of talented and inspiring individuals, from my daughters to my amazing metalsmith's.
Each lelamooi piece is hand-crafted individually by gifted master metalsmith's Jimi Fortune & Steve Godwin, through the intricate art of lost wax casting. Fortune & Godwin...Their names say it all!
315 Meigs Rd, Suite A521 santa barbara, ca 93109