Guam’s Indigenous Chamorro Jewelry


Guam’s beauty is not only characterized by beaches and the marine life but also some exquisite jewelry handcrafted by local Chamorro artisans. A forgotten art, the last ten years has seen a renewed interest in the handcrafting of traditional Chamorro jewelry. Local jewelry artists, as well as the cultural bodies of Guam have jointly worked towards renewing this great art. This wearable jewelry is characterized by the use of local natural materials found on this island such as clam shells, bones and wood from the ifil tree indigenous to Guam. In the initial stages, tortoise shell was also commonly used.

This jewelry often is a reflection of Guam’s traditional practices as well as Chamorro architecture. Locally available yet beautiful and different looking substances like fish hooks and latte stones are just a few of the forms that can be seen decorating the wearers of this eye-catching artwork. Images of bamboo or rose blossoms are also unique to Guam’s style of gold and silver jewelry and are commonly regarded as status symbols. Local jewelers also handcraft custom made jewelry based on customer preferences. These jewelry can often be found for purchase at all local markets as well as night markets.

While on this pacific paradise, book your stay at Wyndham Gardens, a tension free abode to enjoy the local beauty of the island as well as get pampered with some great hospitality.

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