Shell jewelry is probably the hottest fashion trend in Hawaii. If your gift list is long but your funds are lacking, you'll easily be able to make these earring in a few minutes and at a fraction of the price that they sell for in boutique stores. All you need is a pair of pliers to bend the ends of the hoops after you string on the shells and beads. Voila! You have instant earrings. You literally can make dozens in minutes.
If you have a bit more skill with the jewelry pliers you can make these in minutes too. The teardrop wire shapes have rings for hanging the chains and earwires. All you need are head pins to attach the shells/beads to the chain and then use a jump ring to attach the chain to the ring in the teardrop.
Ben Franklin Crafts has many beautiful strings of shell and gemstone beads and a great variety of jewelry findings for earrings. The hardest part of making earrings will be making a decision of what to buy. I know that you can solve your girlfriend gift dilemma by making shell jewelry. They'll love it and you won't break your budget. Go on visit HouseMart BFC and get what you need. It's not too late; you can do it!