Grace Anniversary Design (formerly Grand Blue Jewelry Store)

CONTRIBUTED BY LAURA SNELL

Grace Anniversary Design

(photo courtesy of Cristina Garcia)

Grand Blue l Okinawa Hai!Looking for a unique souvenir to take home from Okinawa? Or perhaps you’re looking for a special gift for the lady in your life. Grace Anniversary Design has exactly that!

I was so happy to find this beautiful local jewelry shop (thanks to a friend telling me about it) the day before I departed the island! What a wonderful souvenir to take home with me, a handcrafted Okinawan Minsa Ring.

Here’s a little history on Minsa. So about 400 years ago people started to grow cotton in Okinawa, and at that time Minsa was born. Women gave minsa to men to reply to their proposal requests. Neat right?!

The jewelry offered within Grace Anniversary Design all has minsa patterns within it; some are subtler and some are bolder in nature.

When I was there shopping for myself, there were several Japanese couples looking for Minsa rings for each other.

Grand Blue l Okinawa Hai!

The store is very modern and tucked off the main road. If you are coming down 58, you might pass it at first because it’s behind another building, but when coming back (if you have to turn around) you’ll see it!

Grace Anniversary Design

(photo courtesy of Cristina Garcia)

This store is truly an Okinawan gem. The jeweler spoke very little English but we were able to communicate with  no problem!

Just a note, she asked my ring size when I walked in and without thinking I gave her my American ring size. That does NOT translate well to Japanese sizes! They can help you find the perfect fit though!

Grand Blue l Okinawa Hai!


Grace Anniversary Design

Phone: 098-964-3422

Payment: Yen

Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Address: Highway 58, Onna (Approximately 159-2 Maeganeku)

Website: Grand Blue

Google Map Coordinates: 26.4475314, 127.8043797

Directions: From Kadena Gate 1, leave gate 1 going North on 58. Stay on 58 the entire time. When you enter into Onna (before you get into the business part, right on the outer edge) is where Grand Blue is located. If you pass the Moon Beach Palace Hotel, you’ve gone just a little too far.

Grand Blue l Okinawa Hai!Note: When you see this building (right) on the left side of the road, the driveway will be on your right.

Also, the turn into the driveway will be right after this sign (below).

Grand Blue l Okinawa Hai!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. These directions are absolute crap. It is so irking when people don’t get the absolute basics down then wax philosophically about what a great time they had. The address is approximately 159-2 Maeganeku. Also, while it is technically in Onna.. it’s in a very southern part of it; if you pass the Moon Beach Palace Hotel, you’ve gone just a little too far. If you don’t want to spend 15-30 minutes driving around fruitlessly before maybe finding it by chance after you’ve already given up and have decided to drive home frustrated.. just plunk these coordinates into google maps: 26.4475314,127.8043797. You’re welcome in advance. Also, the staff speak less english than I speak japanese.. so bring a translator app with you. They are very pleasant and patient. I’ve got pictures of the street view and what it will look like as you’re about to drive up.. but I guess you can’t put pics in comments?

    • I just bought my husband a ring here and it was about 12,000 yen. They take credit cards. There were some rings for less and some a little more expensive. An eclectic selection of watches were priced around $200 each. The earrings were around $50 or less. I highly suggest doing some research online about the “Minsa” pattern. It is very romantic and has many layers of symbolism revolving around true love and eternity. Love it! And my husband loves his new ring, too.

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