Hei Matau and 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

Hei matau Earrings PE233 Hei Matau Large Teardrop Pendant PO538

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.

Hei Matau Pendant

Bone matau, a functional circle fishhook. Photo: By Vassil [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

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

Waves Pendant GP504 Waves Pendant (Jade) GO504 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.