Vintage 14K Ming's phoenix collar
Wook Moon established Ming's in 1940, expanding to Hawaii, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, and Atlanta. Ming's Honolulu offered pieces in gold, sterling, pearls, jade, coral, and ivory, depicting Hawaiian and Asian motifs and hand carved figurals of flowers and natural objects. 14K pieces were marked HK and 14K. Cast or hand-wrought sterling pieces were stamped "MING'S,” and often signed with S/S for sterling silver, and ivory pieces hand signed in black ink "Ming's" often with a description of the piece - such as "Ming's Honolulu Ivory Plumeria Blossom." The earliest ivory pieces were hand signed "Ming's" in reddish brown ink. Sterling and tinted or dyed ivory pieces were popular sellers and only the finest African elephant ivory, legally purchased and imported, were used. Wook Moon trained many carvers in the midcentury who went on to individual fame, including Isami Doi and John Roberts. The Honolulu location was the last store to close in 1999 and Ming's jewelry is now highly coveted by collectors and jewelry connoisseurs. Many of these pieces are featured in "FINDING PARADISE" 500 color images of period objects from Hawaii's traditional, monarchial, territorial, and early statehood eras. With the resurgence and appreciation of Hawaiian Artforms, many of these pieces are worn by men with great pride, often in it’s original state, with pins worn on the lapel or as bolo ties, and earrings worn or repurposed into cuff links, tie tacks, and rings, etc. We are among the largest collection of Vintage Ming’s Jewelry available online. Please inquire for additional descriptions or reasonable price negotiations. We welcome your requests for items not shown, as only a portion of our stock is listed.
Isami Doi Ivory and Sterling Brooch for Ming's
RARE Isami Doi (1903-1965) Ivory seahorse brooch with studded sterling stars and hibiscus flower. Isami Doi was an important painter, jeweler, metalsmith, and printmaker, creating Seahorse, Mermaids, Flying Unicorn brooches and other fanciful jewelry for Ming's jewelers from 1939-50.
Fabulous Ming’s Tinted Ivory Torch Ginger with Sterling leaves Brooch and Earrings screwback earrings set $975