Membership Spotlight – Maui Divers Jewelry
Maui Divers Jewelry – For its manager, it’s coming home…. Melanie Nistal often reminisces about her childhood as she looks out from Maui Divers Jewelry, a store she now manages along with Pick-A- Pearl kiosk in Haleiwa Store Lots. As a child, she played in the church grounds and freshwater pond across the street where she caught prawns and picked opai. The new 600-square-foot location opened March 30th as the 24th store on Oahu for Maui Divers Jewelry, and the 37th store companywide.
It is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. “My dream was to have a Maui Divers on the North Shore so local people could have the same opportunities as visitors to have a wider variety of beautiful things,“ Melanie said. She’s had that dream since she started with the company as a sales person in 2000. Now, having worked her way up to where she is today, she’s seen that dream come true, and the ’91 Waialua High School graduate feels right at home.
The high quality handcrafted designs Maui Divers Jewelry is known for are inspired by Hawaii’s natural beauty. The company itself was founded in 1959 and is the state’s largest jewelry manufacturer and retailer. It’s new Haleiwa store sells island-style jewelry featuring Tahitian black pearls, South Sea white and golden pearls, Tahitian Mother of Pearl, freshwater pearls, precious Hawaiian black coral, Australian opals, diamonds and other beautiful gemstones.
Hawaiian gold charms and pendants featuring Hawaiian flowers and Pacific Ocean theme marine life and heirloom jewelry of 14-karat gold and black enamel are also in its collection. Taking care of customers is important in more ways than simply providing an exceptional product. Maui Divers Jewelry offers its Synchrony Credit Card allowing anyone to pay for jewelry at no interest for a year. In addition, there is a three-month layaway plan. Finally, there is its “forever guarantee.”
Maybe that’s why customers often come back year after year. “I was so speechless to open a store next to Matsumoto Shave Ice” said Melanie. “It’s a landmark. Now I’m thinking about my younger years growing up in Haleiwa. It feels good for our local people to have fun at our store, just like our island visitors do.” She’s looking forward to further enhancing the store interior with festive island-themed wall décor and comfortable furniture. The bottom line is for each customer to relax and enjoy.