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About Kukudushi

Dedication and creativity define us

Welcome to Kukudushi

where every piece of jewelry is more than an accessory; It's a testament to the beauty of Curaçao, the skill of our local artisans, and a commitment to a sustainable, socially conscious lifestyle. Crafted with precision and love, Kukudushi merges age-old craftsmanship with modern innovation, bringing you exquisite, locally-inspired jewelry that tells a unique story. At the heart of Kukudushi is a dedication to social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Every purchase you make contributes to our social mission. We believe in inclusivity, weaving a tapestry that connects diverse cultures and individuals. Our social mission doesn't stop with our craftsmanship; it resonates through our commitment to nature and inclusivity. Kukudushi is proud to contribute to charities like Green Phenix and the Branch Coral Foundation, organizations dedicated to environmental conservation and community development. With every Kukudushi purchase, you join us in making a positive impact on our planet and its communities. Join us on this journey of discovery, adornment, and connection with Kukudushi – a brand that transcends jewelry, embracing the magic of nature, social responsibility, and the joy of giving back.

Kokolishi di Kalakuna (Turkey shell)

A Kukudushi®️ is the transformed shell of a snail which goes by the Latin name of ‘Cerion Uva Uva’. It thanks its Papiamentu name from the early twentieth century, where it was exported to Germany to serve as food for turkeys. This snail is exclusively found on Curaçao. The Arawak people were the indigenous residents of Curaçao. Their civilization was marked by their deep respect for nature and spirituality. Arawak people used the snail shells as a decoration for the body such as collars. The snail is also sometimes referred to as beehive or baby crib because of its peculiar shape. Not much is known about this loveable creature, creating a cloud of mystery around it. She has a lot of extraordinary abilities. As most other snails, the Kokolishi di kalakuni is both male and female (androgynous) and it can seclude itself from the world in its shell for a long period of time to wait for better circumstances. Like humans, Kokolishi di kalakuna does not have any natural enemies. Only natural disasters or disease can damage or destroy her.

Who we are

Handcrafted by Local Artisans

Kukudushi artisans embark on a journey that transcends craftsmanship. Trained in the revered Kukudushi Master Process, each artisan becomes a custodian of the island’s secrets, weaving tales into every transformed snail shell.

With a process spanning at least 72 hours, every Kukudushi is meticulously handmade, a testament to the dedication that breathes life into these unique pieces. The shell, chosen with utmost care, bears the mark of the islands embrace, and through skilled hands, it transforms into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Each artisans meticulously shapes and crafts the raw materials, ensuring that each Kukudushi is as special as the island that inspires it. Every unique creation resonates with the rhythm of Curaçao, embracing the diversity of nature’s canvas.

As you hold a Kukudushi in your hands, know that it carries not just the spirit of the island, but the artistry, passion, and dedication of our local artisans weaving a story that becomes uniquely yours.

Kukudushi Master

Every Kukudushi master has a unique identification mark!

We care about our enviromet and our Island

We've forged meaningful partnerships with local charities, making a genuine impact, and our commitment to uplifting communities is set to expand even further in the near future!

Our Values

Beauty and care in all things we create.

Craftsmanship

A dance of passion and precision. Our artisans are guardians of magical precision and meticulously crafted pieces. It's not just jewelry; it's an artistry born from the heart of the Caribbean."

Innovation

We infuse magic into every piece with NFC technology, creating personalized portals to marine wonders and cultural connections. It's not just jewelry; it's a journey, where innovation meets the timeless allure of Curaçao."

Commitment

Our guiding light is shaping each piece with dedication to sustainability, craftsmanship, and social responsibility. We pledge not just jewelry or a souvenir but a promise to make a positive impact on our beloved Curaçao. It's more than adornment; it's a commitment to a brighter, more beautiful world."

Mission

Woven into each creation, where artistry meets responsibility. Beyond crafting exquisite jewelry, we aim to ignite a connection with Curaçao's magic, fostering a global community. It's not just a brand; it's a mission to adorn the world with purpose and wonder."

Embrace the magic of Kukudushi, where every piece is an ode to the extraordinary talents of our artisans and the timeless allure of Curaçao