Silver Fern New Zealand

The fern: an iconic element in New Zealand’s national identity

Silver Fern New Zealand

I hope you have been enjoying learning more about some of the precious pieces in our unique New Zealand Jewellery range which are my absolute favourites – this time I would like you tell you about a few very special unique pieces which symbolise my love of the native bush surrounding my home.

Fern Brooch –  GP600/PO600

Paua Fern Brooch - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

The Fern Brooch is my “go to” brooch to wear most days – its elegance and simplicity are highlighted on any outfit but more so on the lapel of my warm woollen coat. The Fern brooch symbolises the meaning of hope, wealth and happiness…. What girl doesn’t aspire to these virtues???

Ferns have an appeal that transcends culture and climate. In Polynesia they adorn the head-dresses of indigenous people, in Asia young shoots are offered as delicacies in open-air food markets, and in Australia gardeners insist on growing them in the most arid environments.

In earlier times, Victorian England went crazy over ferns, Melanesians carved statues from tree-fern trunks and our New Zealand Maori made the koru, the uncurled fern shoot, a dominant feature of their art.

It is believed that if you are giving someone a fern as a gift, you are giving them the hope that they will have confidence, shelters, wealth, and happiness. This is a great plant to give someone that you really care about.

Just as this beautifully elegant Fern brooch would most certainly be a great gift to symbolise this meaning.

Silver Fern Pendant – GP844/PO844
Silver Fern Earrings – PE237/PE137
Silver Fern Brooch – GP743/PO743

The Silver Fern on these pieces of Silver Fern jewellery is a proud and iconic symbol of New Zealand. It is worn with pride by all to signify their special connection with our land. It evokes feelings of success, dedication and loyalty.

Whenever I wear these Silver Fern Earrings I feel a special bond with our small island country – most especially if I wear them while travelling overseas.

Our striking Silver Fern Jewellery reminds me of the thousands of the native New Zealand Silver Fern plants in the bush surrounding my home. I love to see their bright green leaves shimmering with the dampness of recent rains and their contrasting silver underside which has become an iconic symbol of New Zealand

Today, the fern is an iconic element in New Zealand’s national identity, featuring on stamps, coins, banknotes and the national coat of arms. But, above all, it is the sense of pride associated with the fern-branded All Black rugby jersey and national teams such as the Silver Ferns (netball) and Black Ferns (women’s rugby) that gives the fern an unassailable place in New Zealand’s culture. It is a powerful and emotional symbol of inspiration and one that all Kiwis can relate to.
The Silver Fern image is inspired by the frond of the New Zealand tree fern, Cyathea Dealbata (“Ponga” in Maori). The fronds are dark green on the upper side and silver underneath as you will see in the above image. The underside glows brightly in moonlight, providing excellent track markers in New Zealand’s native forests. It was often used by Maori as bedding because of the thin texture of the ‘hairs’.

So I am sure that whatever your connection with New Zealand may be you will agree that wearing any of the Silver Fern Jewellery in our unique New Zealand Jewellery range would be a perfect way to honour that connection.

Paua Silver Fern Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Silver Fern Brooch PO743
Paua Koru Stud Earrings PE389

Koru Stud Earrings – PE489/PE389

The ideal accompanying piece of jewellery to compliment my Silver Fern range are the Koru Stud Earrings. Being small and dainty means I wear these earrings almost every day as I have the benefit of two holes in each ear! They are based on the unfurling fern frond of the native New Zealand silver fern and I am sure you agree that the Koru Stud earrings are uniquely New Zealand.

Fox Gloves

Flowers

As you may have been able to glean from my blogs I have a special admiration and connection with the nature which surrounds me here in New Zealand. And it is this awe-inspiring environment which inspires my love of pieces of unique jewellery which relate to flowers in our Paua Shell and Jade Jewellery range.

Fox Gloves

Fox Glove Earrings – PE436/PE336

On a recent trip around the countryside I came across this beautiful fox glove flower plant – definitely an odd sight at this time of the year as they usually flower most in summer time.
But it reminded me of our delicate wee Fox Glove Earrings. The foxglove is indigenous to continental Europe and Britain. Their scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease with which these flowers can be fitted over a human fingertip.

It has distinctive long purple flowering spikes that has escaped from the garden environment to naturalise in New Zealand. Its habitats include poor pastures, scrub and forest margins, stony riverbeds, roadsides and track sides. The foxglove is one of the most common naturalised species in the wetter parts of New Zealand.

To me the cute fox glove flowers conjure up images of fairy’s and goblins playing amongst and sheltering under the beautiful petals from the rain….but then I might just be a little more childlike at heart than most adults!?

Either way I hope you agree that our sweet Fox Glove Paua Shell earrings are just as pretty as their namesake.

Paua Fox Glove Flower Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Tulip Pendant – GP880/PO880

Springtime is hopefully just around the corner in our patch of paradise which is evident by the multitude of colourful flowers popping their heads through the cool frosty soil. One being the beautiful Tulip. I wear my tulip pendant as a symbol of the new beginnings springtime may bring.
Tulips more usually rise up in the early summer to produce cup-shaped blossoms in all the colours of the rainbow.
Whether you’ve fallen in love with Tulips after strolling through thousands of acres in the Netherlands or a trip to the corner floral shop, you can honour the world’s third most popular flower with our unique piece of New Zealand Jewellery.
Unlike some other blooms, the Tulip’s meaning changes greatly depending on its colour. For example:
Yellow is the colour of unrequited or spurned love. Sending a yellow Tulip to someone means you love them, but they may not return your feelings. Bright red is the colour of passion and perfect love. Purple is tied to royalty, but also abundance and prosperity. Pink is less intense affection and love, and also offers a more appropriate choice for friends and family.
However the benefit of our elegant Tulip pendant in our Paua Shell Jewellery range is that it comes in a myriad of facetted colours to create special meaning to anyone who may wear it.

Paua Tulip Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Crocus Earrings – PE277/PE177
Crocus Pendant – GP803/PO803

With the emergence of springtime the crocus flower is one of the very first to bloom, It is no wonder it has a reputation as a symbol of cheerfulness and glee as it brings the landscape alive with colour after a long winter.

My cheerful bright Crocus Paua Shell jewellery pieces remind me of these wonderful feelings.
This flower is a perfect gift for someone who needs a bit of energy and positive vibes in their life. This beautiful flower is also a symbol of the happy days of childhood and walking around forests discovering them alongside the pathways. With their bright and playful colours they are the perfect flowers for backyards and gardens and will be sure to bring some positive energy and joy.
Gifting someone this flower is said to be a symbol of being glad you met this person or seeing this person. If you do decide to gift someone this gentle flower, your gesture is going to tell more to that person than anything you can say or do.

The three different colours of the Crocus flower are, purple which represents success, pride and dignity, is also a symbol of royalty and nobility. White Crocus flower is a symbol of purity, truth and innocence. And the yellow Crocus flower is a symbol of cheerfulness and joy. It is a beautiful piece of decoration in your home or a beautiful gift for someone who needs a little bit of happiness in their life.

To me the message behind the Crocus flower is that we should always look on the brighter side of life and to never forget the importance of positive thinking and positive attitude. The gorgeous colours of the Paua Shell in our unique Crocus jewellery are just as uplifting.

Paua Crocus Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Paua Crocus Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Flower petal Pendant –  GP549/PO549

Yet another reminder of the beautiful spring flowers showing their cheering wee faces after the cooler winter months my Flower Petal Pendant is a beautifully designed elegant piece of Paua Shell Jewellery.

Waves

Hei Matau and Waves

Waves

Carrying on from my last blog – here are some more of my favourite precious New Zealand Jewellery in the Paua Shell and Jade “water inspired” range from my beloved Ariki New Zealand – a place at which I am very proud to say I play a small role.

PE233/PE133 – Hei matau Earrings

GP538/PO538 – Hei matau large Teardrop Pendant

The fishhook or Hei matau design on this beautiful set of jewellery symbolizes prosperity, abundance, good health, a respect for the sea, and the life in it. This stunning set are very dear to me as I too have much love and respect for the sea in the Marlborough sounds near my home.

In the tradition of the Maori people of New Zealand legend has it that The North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner Maui using only a woven line and a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother.

Their legends also say that the shape of Hawke Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish’s side on the beach. The Māori name for the North Island, Te Ika a Maui (“The fish of Maui”) reflects this legend.

For the Māori, the hei matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It represents not only their land, but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water. They also denote the importance of fishing to Māori, and their relationship to Tangaroa god of the sea.

Traditionally the wearer of a Hei-Matau was seen as being a provider and protector who was strong willed and determined to succeed in life.

However I wear my Hei Matau earrings and Pendant as a set not only to honour our place by the sea but also because of their unique handcrafted beauty.

GP504/PO504    Waves Pendant

GO504  Waves Pendant

SP7        Ocean Pendant – Sterling Silver

Paua Waves Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Nephrite Jade Waves Pendant - New Zealand Jewellery
Ocean Pendant - Sterling Silver SP7

My Waves and Sterling Silver Ocean pendants are just stunning and remind me that there is nothing as incredibly beautiful as the waves of an ocean breaking onto the shore signifying the unstoppable strength of nature.

I am lucky enough to live with this right on my “doorstep” and I often have the good fortune to spend time just sitting watching the mighty ocean as it meets the land on the beach outside of my home.

Not only is my view very interesting, but it is always very serene regardless of the weather, and incredibly beautiful.

I find the time I spend here contemplating the scenery and the waves to be both relaxing and rejuvenating as the energy of the sea surrounds me.

When the weather is warmer I love to swim in the ocean – feeling the gently waves caressing me gently as I cool down in the clear waters.

Whenever I wear my Waves pendant or my precious Sterling Silver Ocean pendant they serve as a beautiful unique reminder of these precious times in or near the ocean.

Teardrop Pendant

Water inspired jewellery

Teardrop Pendant

Teardrop Jewellery

As the snow from the mountain tops melt and the cold frosty mornings get fewer I’ve been contemplating our “water” inspired unique New Zealand Jewellery pieces in our range.

PE439/PE339 – Teardrop Earrings
PE486/PE386 – Teardrop Hoop Earrings
PE241/PE141 – Teardrop Swirl Dangle Earrings
GP874/PO874 – Teardrop Swirl Pendant
GP582/PO582 – Large Tear Drop Pendant

Paua Teardrop Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Paua Large Tear Drop Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

The Teardrop range of jewellery – to me personally Teardrop crystals symbolize the end of tears and beginning of joy and happiness. The beautiful Teardrop shaped cabochon in these elegant pieces of jeweller always brings me happiness whenever I wear them and I am often complimented on their beautiful colours.

In New Zealand history the Maori culture has historically been oral. This means they had no written language to pass on cultural heritage.

As a result carvings and other art forms flourished as a means to pass on ancestry, major historic events, beliefs, legends, and other cultural elements.

Traditionally the Maori people of New Zealand used one symbol that offered a particularly important message this was Roimata, or the drop stone. It is symbolic of the teardrop and a stylised version of the powerful Toki (the axe, representing strength, courage and leadership). The Roimata is often called the comfort stone, and was given as a way to show empathy, solidarity and shared emotion. Many people use the symbol of Roimata to convey reassurance and it was seen as a powerful healing symbol.
Today, the teardrop or Roimata symbol can be a way to acknowledge that life can be tough and when people we love experience difficult times and struggles, we can let them know that they are cared for. That when we may face adversity the teardrop Roimata can be a token to encourage us to hang on in there.

For the Maori people the Roimata is traditionally shaped as a longer teardrop but other shapes are also available and which have slightly different meanings.

Long Slender Drops (Kuru): Helps encourage knowledge, confidence and independence.
Short Drops: Strength, confidence, loyalty and pride.

So whichever shape of my unique Ariki New Zealand Paua Shell jewellery from the Teardrop range I wear reminds me of these attributes and I always feel immense pride whenever I am wearing these quality handcrafted precious items.

Raindrop Pendants

GP532/PO532 Raindrop Pendant
GP586/PO586 – Antique Raindrop Pendant
GP580/PO580 – Droplet Pendant
GP871/PO871 – Dew Drop Pendant

Paua Raindrop Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Paua Dew Drop Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

The smooth sleek lines of our drop Pendants symbolises the life-giving raindrops or dew drops which keep our beautiful country so fresh green and fertile.

Rain is nourishment for the earth and is known as the water of life. Rain takes many forms and can be anything from a gentle sprinkling and light watering of the earth, up to a torrid downpour and possible flooding; life giving on one hand and potentially death dealing on the other. Rain is a very serious affair, especially wherever water is scarce and/or crops are growing. A wonderful, (surviving) example of this seriousness is the world famous Native American rain dances, created to induce rain. To many city dwellers (or non-farmers) rain is seen as more of an annoyance than anything else. As you can guess, the meaning of the raindrop changes depending on the scarcity and/or need of water/rainfall.

Our cute wee Dew drop pendant evokes memories of moonlit evenings, cool and clear after a warm sunny day in late summer- the grass covered in droplets glistening like silver in the moonlight giving the feeling that the earth is being cleansed and refreshed overnight.
But in winter time here in New Zealand these dew drops and rain drops may freeze turning them into snow and frost. Covering the land in white diamond like crystals which shimmer and sparkle on the cold crisp clear sunny days. Hanging suspended on grass leaves and bushes….they truly are remarkable and so beautiful to see.

Dolphins in New Zealand

Autumn has turned to winter in New Zealand

Winter in New Zealand

This week found me travelling to the West Coast of New Zealand and our autumn has now turned to winter. This photo showcases the snow-capped mountains reflecting in one of our many beautiful lakes and water ways.

I am always captivated by the ever changing landscape on my journeys around our majestic country.
Let me take this opportunity to carry on with the stories behind my very favourite unique New Zealand Jewellery pieces in our range of Paua Shell and Jade Jewellery.

Paua Dolphin Bangle - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Nephrite Jade Kissing Dolphin Pendant - New Zealand Jewellery
Paua Dolphin Brooch - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

With such a huge array of Dolphin jewellery available in our range I am never at a loss to choose something special and unique.
The Dolphin’s playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to play sometimes just for the sheer joy of it. They remind us to take some time out of our busy lives to experience life like a child does.

I often see Dolphins swimming joyously and feely in the waters surrounding our wee piece of New Zealand Paradise.
They frolic and play in the waters surrounding my home and are truly a magnificent sight to see.

They remind me to take time out and enjoy the benefits of living in such a beautiful part of the world. Wearing any of my beautiful Dolphin pendants, brooch and earrings take me back to these precious moments.

Dolphins are highly intelligent. They trust their instincts and intuition and live peacefully with other species, including humans. It isn’t uncommon for dolphins to swim and play around swimmers and boats. Their gentle natures remind us to look for the good in everyone and strive to bring peace to our lives.

Dolphins in New Zealand

Sailors have long believed that dolphins are a good omen. Dolphins have been known to assist drowning people and to chase sharks away from people in the water. In one notable case, a pod of whales was beached in New Zealand. People were fighting to keep them alive but the whales were disoriented. A nearby pod of dolphins came over and herded the whales back to sea, saving their lives. Due to this tendency, dolphins have a well-earned reputation as protectors. They teach us to not only save ourselves, but to protect others in need.
Dolphins live in large cooperative social groups. Healthy adults work to protect and feed injured ones, and the whole pod rallies around mothers and their calves to protect them from predators. They demonstrate a level of selflessness that shows that coming from a place of love makes it easy to work with others without sacrificing our own needs.
Interestingly there are over 30 different species of dolphins in the world – the largest of all dolphins being the Orca or killer whale. So if you are lucky enough to sight some of these joyous carefree creatures please take time to reflect on their many virtues or maybe a piece of unique Paua Shell Dolphin jewellery can serve as your very own reminder.

Paua Sea turtle Necklace - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

GP777/PO777 – Sea Turtle Brooch
GP547/PO547 – Sea Turtle Pendant
GP808/PO808 – Large Sea Turtle Pendant
PE201/PE101 – Sea Turtle Earrings Small
PE463/PE363 – Sea Turtle Earrings
GP502/PO502 – Sea Turtle Necklace

We have an awesome variety of Sea Turtle Jewellery in our unique New Zealand Jewellery range. So I am sure that whatever your preference you will be able to find something perfect for any special occasion.

Although turtles breed in the tropics and subtropics, there are five species of turtle that are seen in New Zealand waters. And I have been lucky enough to come across them during travels around our pristine coastlines. I wear my Sea Turtle pendant and earrings to remind me of these trips.
Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, Sea Turtles encourage us to take a break in our busy lives and look around.

Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.
The American continent is referred to as “Turtle Island” in the Native American folklore. It is said that the Turtle carried the weight of the land of that continent on her back.

The image of the Sea Turtle is also present in Hindu and Chinese cultures, where the turtle is the animal carrying Mother Earth and holding the world in balance.
Wearing a piece of our elegant Sea Turtle Jewellery may symbolise that you have an affinity with this ancient wisdom of the earth. You are naturally tuned into the elements, land, plants, people and animals. You carry your home on your back figuratively speaking and feel at ease wherever you are.
But for me personally because of their long lifespan, sea turtles often symbolize patience, wisdom, endurance, and good luck –virtues I definitely aspire to.