Handicrafts & Souvenirs


Business as usual– a jewellery maker’s story

There is no regret for Timothy Kiko, a father of two- hails from Marau Sound, when he chose jewellery making over a mechanic career 13 years ago.

 
Timo, as he usually called by those who know him– is a familiar face at the Honiara Central market, Honiara, Solomon Islands capital. A soft spoken man from Marau Sound and North Malaita percentage, said the demand for shell jewelleries is ok in Honiara.

 “During good week I can earn about Solomon Dollars (SBD) 2000. Otherwise, the income may bit lower”, he says.
 
Timo graduated from Afutara Vocational School with a mechanic certificate in 2001. But he decided to become a shell jewellery maker instead. He began selling jewelleries during the time when few customers visited the Central Market– Law and order in Honiara was at its lowest point. That were few shell jewellery sellers too, when compared to now.
 
At his Central Market stall are ear rings, arm bands, and finger rings made from turtle shell, dolphins made out of green lip shell, and turtles from the trochus.
 
“I buy shells from different parts of the Solomon Islands. Green lip shells from Temotu province, and trochus from Marau Sound– East Guadalcanal”, says Kiko.

 As an experience shell jeweller, Timothy always conscious of the quality of his products.
 
“What really matters to me is to produce quality shell jewelleries for fair prices in the market”, he added.
 
How to reach him
He is available in the Honiara Central Market from Monday to Saturday each week. His stall is among the jewellery stalls at the market entrance.
 
You can call (677) 7642239.