Leighton began his career creating a resin jewelry collection called Ear Art™. He was featured in accessory trade shows in New York, LA & sold his jewelry to stores across the country. The ‘90’s were a time of changing trends. As jewelry fashions toned down to gold & silver Leighton focused on Hawaii creating the Hawaiian Nature Collection™ & Hawaiian Quilt Designs™ jewelry collections. He mastered the technique of using acid to cut brass in fine detail & then plate it in 24k gold or oxidized silver. Leighton also added a cast sterling silver & diamond-cutting design to the line.
1996 gave Leighton the opportunity for a new
innovation, copper lighting fixtures. The idea for these tropical lights came when Leighton was designing his home and needed exterior lighting. He wanted lighting that was high in quality, unique and reflective of the island lifestyle. The current lighting market lacked the look Leighton was looking for so he decided to create his own lighting. To create the light sconces Leighton increased the scale of his art
designs, using the same acid cut technique and used copper as the medium. He named this collection of beautiful
lighting Paradise Lights™, designed to create a Hawaiian sense of
2001 marked the return of color
in Leighton’s Pacific Isle Collection™. Combining fresh water pearls,
crystal & sterling silver he created an elegant new twist in pearl jewelry.
His creative spirit not only evokes jewelry
collections that are always evolving but custom original artwork that can be
found throughout the homes in Hawaii. Whether it’s flying across the water on
his windsurfer or dropping in on an epic wave, Leighton finds constant
inspiration from the ocean and the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.
Leighton taking what we call a "liquid lunch"...