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Classic Unisex Hotaru Glass Bracelet Rosary look

Popular Okinawa Souvenir Accessory

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Item spec:

Hotaru bead diameter approx. 12mm / inner circumference approx. 16cm+ adjuster chain, recommended for people with wrist circumference 14 - 18cm


Hotaru Glass / faceted Glass Beads / beading thread / Accessory Parts (Black)

Common names:

Hotaru ishi (firefly ball) hotaru dama hotal glass gurasu garasu tonbo dama(natural fluorite stones are not materials)

Hotaru Glass beads are popular as a souvenir from Okinawa along with Ryukyu glass. They are the same as the Tonbo glass beads made by Takashi Hirose, and are artisan glass crafts.  Glass is melted with a burner using skillful techniques to create beautiful beads with many layers. The method of making is called burner work or lamp work.  Venetian glass beads are made in the same way.  The feature is that silver leaves are put in the beads during firing, so they reflect light and sparkle.

Classic look unisex Hotaru glass bracelet


At first glance, it looks like a rosary using stretchy string, but it is actually a type of bracelet that does not stretch. It has an adjuster so you can adjust the length.

Stretch string rosary bracelets become unusable when the rubber stretches out.  They tend to have a short lifespan. I made something similar but stronger using non stretch jewelry string.


This classic design with the transparent beads can be used regardless of gender. It's nice to have a matching pair with someone.

All Hotaru beads of this size I use are all "glow in the dark" types. It stores sunlight and glows like a firefly after sunset. It's very romantic.

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Recommended for people:

- who like beaches and remote islands.
- who want to feel like they are on a tropical vacation.
- who want to share their memories of the sea with others.
- who couldn't find good souvenirs at a beach resort.
- who want to give cool Japanese gifts to non-Japanese.

Why are Studio Waza accessories so popular?

- High-quality craft and you get to know the face of the artist.

- Lamp work beads are timeless and never get old in fashion trends.
- Luxurious and calm look.  Can be worn for both casual and formal situations.
- 30% of the buyers are men.  Men love women with traditional jewelry.
- Perfect gifts for your beloved ones.  It will be a nice surprise when they know you took the time to look for something special.


Since these beads are handmade, the patterns and sizes are unique.  Most metal parts used are from Kiwa Seisakujo and Parts Club, major jewelry material suppliers in Japan.

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