Treble clef pendant and fur Elise pendant: for the love of music

Music Jewelry

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

classical Greek philosopher, mathematician (source)

My dearest precious Mother has been involved in the music industry for most of her 84 years of life. She has passed her passion onto thousands of people across these years by teaching music to students of all ages.

Her ability to play the piano so well that I can actually hear it sing never ceases to leave me in awe. Unfortunately her gift was not one which I managed to acquire. But she has instilled in myself and my seven siblings a love for all music.

For me, music is like my language to my soul and my spirit. Its ability to set any mood is unsurpassed. It’s pure magic.
Here at my Ariki New Zealand we have a small range of unique Paua Shell jewellery to pay homage to music and wearing any of these special pieces reminds me of my darling mother.

Fur Elise Pendant


Written by one of the greatest and most radical composers of all time for the love of his life. “Fur Elise” is world renown as one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular compositions.
The song was written for a lady called Therese (nicknamed Elise) that Beethoven wanted to marry in 1810 unfortunately it is a store of unrequited love as Therese did not want to marry him.
The piece of music, which was written for the piano, was not published until 1865, a long time after Beethoven’s death. It is one of the most well-known pieces of piano music in the world. Many of my mother’s aspiring pianists wanted to learn to play it.

I myself listen to it regularly in my car as I travel around our majestic countryside. The different tones can be bouncy uplifting, melodic – and lush to the senses. I especially like any version played on a piano as it reminds me so much of my mother’s talented ability to play this beautiful classical piece of music.
Our beautiful piece of fine jewellery immortalises this piece of music as well as honouring love everlasting.

Für Elise Pendant PO835

Treble Clef Pendant


Music is truly a gift to be shared. It can be soothing, uplifting, invigorating, exciting and in fact can bring about practically every emotion.
Wearing the cute wee treble clef pendant reminds me of my mother’s life’s work, her passion for music, and she is well known for passing this passion on through her teaching over the years as well as through her other “baby” The New Zealand Modern School of Music.
The NZ Modern School of Music was established by the late Allan Gardiner of Blenheim around 1952. After many years of playing classical music and travelling with his dance band, Allan Gardiner developed his method of modern piano playing.

He was asked to teach his method to local children and from this small beginning he became the principal of a private music training school that now has branches throughout New Zealand.
My mother purchased the school over forty years ago now and has since dedicated herself to ensuring thousands and thousands of pupils receive the very best tuition. NZ Modern School of Music has its own teaching material including modern style piano tuition books. These books are only available from NZ Modern School of Music through my mother, provided to teachers and are not available in music stores. Their teaching style is very creative and emphasis is put on improvisation and creative work.
At the age of 84 her ability to keep this business thriving never ceases to amaze me…. She is just awe inspiring and I am extremely proud.

Just as I am proud of the quality and workmanship of our unique New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery. Including our cute wee treble clef pendant symbolising the gift which can be a soundtrack to our lives.

Treble Clef Pendant PO891
Diamond Pendant

Hugs, Diamonds and Beloved

Diamond Pendant

Continuing on from my last blog – I would like to show you a few more of my absolute favourite pieces of Unique New Zealand Jewellery. I love working in this industry where I get to choose such special pieces of Paua Shell Jewellery to wear each and every day.

Diamond Earrings and Diamond Pendant

PE200/PE100  / GP800/PO800 

The Diamond, in its rarity and beauty, is a symbol of purity and innocence, of love and fidelity, and embraces strength of character, ethics, and faithfulness to oneself and others.

Ariki New Zealand’s jewellery designers have perfectly stylised our gorgeous diamond shaped jewellery piece to embrace these characteristics.

The diamond symbol has long been valued for its immaculate beauty. Its physical appearance is associated with valuable attributes that are relevant to living a meaningful life, such as purity, clarity and wisdom.

And of course the Paua Shell cabochon in each and every pair of Diamond Earrings or Diamond Pendants are most definitely beautiful. The myriad of colours shimmer and shine in the light – just like a fine diamond.

Traditionally diamonds have been labelled a “girl’s best friend” and this set are absolutely one of my favourite jewellery “friends”

"Diamond" Earrings PE200
Diamond Pendant GP800


Beloved Pendant


The simple definition of beloved is something that is very special, important, or valuable – esteemed as rare or precious.

My stunning Beloved pendant is certainly one that is of special importance to me.

Although I treasure each and every piece of unique New Zealand Paua Shell jewellery I wear. My beloved pendant is most definitely one of my most treasured. Wearing it reminds me of all that is most precious to me. My family, my friends, and the precious piece of paradise I call my home and my beautiful country of New Zealand.

Of course the Paua Shell which adorns this elegant pendant is esteemed around the globe for its unique beauty and point of difference.

The Paua is unique to New Zealand – and myself and my fellow “family members” here at Ariki New Zealand Limited are very proud to be able to showcase this precious shell to the world.

Hug Pendant


A hug given by a loved one is certainly something to be treasured forever. And another of my favourite pieces of unique Paua Shell jewellery, my Hug pendant symbolises these special moments in time.

The smooth sleek lines of the jewellery panel to me look very much like two arms encircling the Paua Shell Cabochon in a warm and loving hug.

Sometimes hugs can give us Goosebumps, sometimes they recharge our hearts. They can be given to us by those people who can heal our wounds with a gentle caress, accept life with infinite kindness, and decorate all the difficulties with their smiles.

Sometimes an embrace can, almost literally, rescue us from being lost at sea, put back together our broken parts, break our fears, soften our weaknesses, and create a work of art with the pieces of our heart.

One of the first human experiences in life for the new-born baby is lying in the arms of its mother nursing at her breast. Any child should receive many forms of parental touching during its growth, particularly embracing in the form of hugs, which become symbols for something positive: joy, security, and confidence.

To me there is nothing more special in the world than to feel the arms of my loved ones, my children or my grandson around my neck as they hug me tight.

I treasure these special moments in time just as I do my unique and special Hug Pendant.

Hug Pendant PO584

Love inspired jewellery

Sheep in New Zealand
Source Pixabay

As spring is full swing in our special piece of paradise it has reminded me to stop awhile amongst the hustle and bustle of my busy life and think about those things that I am most thankful for… The things I love.
I then thought it a perfect time to let you all know about some of our “Love inspired” items in our unique New Zealand Jewellery range. Here are some of my absolute favourites.

PE236/PE136 –Heart Dangle Earrings
PE214/PE114 – Heart Stud Earrings
JE214 – Heart Earrings – Jade
GP913/PO913 – Heart Ring
GP847/PO847 – Heart Pendant
GO447 – Heart Pendant – Jade
GP801/PO801 – Ornate Heart Pendant
GO801 – Ornate Heart Pendant – Jade
GP864/PO864 Heart Pendant in Circle
GP539/PO539 – Round in Heart Pendant
GB847/PB847 – Heart Bangle
SP28 – Heart Pendant – Sterling Silver

We’ve all seen and used the heart symbol many times in our lives. Whether you draw it in a card, text it to someone, or buy a cut-out in a store to give someone, the heart symbol is one of the most recognized symbols in the world.

It can mean so many different things to different people – but to me personally the heart is the focus of a person’s physical and spiritual being, and represents the “central wisdom of feeling as opposed to the head-wisdom of reason”
It is compassion and understanding, life-giving and complex. I see it as the ultimate symbol for love.

I purchased the Heart Dangle Earrings as a special and unique gift for my darling daughter’s birthday and she wears them very nearly every day. They remind us of that special bond we always have with each other.
I gave her the Paua Heart Ring as a special gift following the birth of my baby grandson. The beautiful Paua Shell heart on this elegant timeless piece of jewellery symbolises the unconditional love I have for my family.
I have often purchased other beautiful pieces of our unique Heart jewellery to give to family and dear friends to commemorate birthdays, Christmas or even just a token of my appreciation – the perfect way to say thank you to anyone is with jewellery! They are also perfect for bridesmaid’s jewellery.
New Zealand Paua is considered the rarest and most beautiful in the world and is loved by all that may wear it.
So no matter what the occasion – or whomever you wish to show love to I am sure that you will find the perfect piece of elegant timeless piece of Heart shaped jewellery from our New Zealand Jewellery range which will symbolise the love of many things – including those for whom we may purchase it.

Heart Pendant - Sterling Silver SP28

PE225/PE125 – Double Twist Earrings Paua Shell
GP884/PO884 – Double Twist Pendant Paua Shell
SP29 – Double Twist Pendant – Sterling Silver
SE10 – Double Twist Earrings – Sterling Silver
GO884 – Double Twist pendant – Jade
JE225 – Double Twist Earrings – Jade

A very strong and long lasting design, the double twist represents a spiritual merger of two people for eternity. Although the lives of loved ones will take different paths, they will always be connected, crossing each-other in life or death. It is a potent statement of loyalty, friendship and love. I often purchase these Paua Earrings and Pendant as a set for my nearest and dearest as a meaningful gift especially those who may live far away from me.

The native people of New Zealand, The Maori translate the word ‘twist’ to ‘pikorua’ in their native language.
It is believed that its design comes from the piko piko fern whose fronds curl around one another in our native bush. To them it resembles the path of life and eternity. Traditionally they were a perfect gift among lovers, family, and friends and even in situations where a loved one has passed.
Our elegant unique New Zealand Jewellery twist design honours this tradition as it symbolises the bond between two people, whether founded in friendship, love or blood. It connects the spirits of friends, family and lovers, bringing them closer together across space and time. I am sure you agree that they certainly are a beautiful set of precious keepsakes.

Double Twist Pendant - Sterling Silver SP29

New Zealand Earrings

New Zealand Birds Jewelry

Obviously I have far too many favourite unique New Zealand Jewellery pieces to limit them to just a few blogs! So I will carry on this time with my next lot of stories as I expand to yet more unique and special pieces of my beloved Paua Shell Jewellery range. I gain my inspiration from the view above from my home.

Laurel Leaf Earrings


Paua Laurel Leaf Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Laurel Leaf Pendant


Laurel Leaf Earrings PE188

The humble laurel leaf has long been associated with Creativity. Our designers used their own creativity when they created this beautiful laurel leave complete with its own “shadow” or mirror image behind and wearing these beautiful Laurel Leaf Earrings inspires my own creativity.

Laurel leaves are above all a symbol of eternal glory, of special achievement, success and triumph. It has long been a symbol of victory (Laurel wreaths were given to the winner in the Pythian Games).

In fact, being presented with a laurel crown represents victory (in Ancient Greece, wreaths of laurel leaves were used to crown winners of athletic competitions in the ancient Olympic Games).

The laurel is also seen as a symbol of peace: a victory that signals the end to a conflict or competition.

In ancient times Laurel leaves were commonly put under pillows at night to gain inspiration through dreams and its intoxicating properties are associated with prophetic and poetic inspiration.

Just looking at my unique and precious Laurel Leaf Earrings and Pendant reminds me of all the things… all these attributes… I hope to achieve.

Wings Earrings


Wings Earrings PE434

I am blessed in that I live near a beach in the Marlborough Sounds with lush New Zealand native bush surrounding my home. The birds in this bush are very abundant as they swoop and glide from tree to tree and are a truly a marvellous symphony to hear. My beautiful Wings Earrings remind me of these birds as I wear them, reminiscing of their song and invoking such peaceful feelings.

There several very special and unique birds which stand out amongst the rest in the lush green bush nearby.

One of which is the New Zealand Pigeon or Kererū as the Native New Zealand people, Maori have named this large bird with iridescent green and bronze feathers on its head and a smart white vest. I often hear the noisy beat of its wings, a very distinctive sound in our forests.

The other one which is my personal favourite is the Tūī – Tūī are unique to New Zealand and these attractive birds can often be heard singing their beautiful melodies before they are spotted. You will recognise them by their distinctive white tuft under their throat.

And lastly – the sweet wee Fantail/pīwakawaka Known for its friendly ‘cheet cheet’ call and energetic flying antics, the aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland. They often follow me around as I work in the gardens surrounding my home.

So no matter which bird I hear or see as I go about my day – I can take their influence with me as I wear my unique Wings Earrings.

Duncan [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The majestic Kererū

The songful Tūī

The cute wee pīwakawaka or Fantail

PE430/PE330 – Swoosh Earrings

Swoosh Earrings PE330

The design of Swoosh Earrings symbolises the rustling or swirling sound of something swooshing through the air…. Like a leaf twirling, twisting and turning in the breeze. Or the sound of the beach as it gently laps at the shoreline near my home.

I see the ocean as a living being – constantly moving and sometimes it almost seems to be “breathing” as the tides come and go.

I urge you all – if you are able – to stop and listen sometimes to the sounds of nature wherever in the world you may be. Maybe you too will hear a “Swoosh” – just like our Swoosh Earrings.

They are a perfect set when teamed with our Tulip pendant GP880/PO880

Paua Tulip Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Picton Ferry


Picton Ferry

The nearest town to where I live is called Picton – it is the first port of call for anyone travelling to the South Island of New Zealand on our inter-island ferries.

Palm Tree Pendant – GP589/PO589

As you will see in the picture below the local foreshore is dotted with large palm trees and I wear my Palm Tree Pendant to remind me of this beautiful idyllic spot.
To me the Palm Tree pendant speaks of sunny skies and relaxing vacations. But I am sure that wherever you are in the world you may be lucky enough to have seen palm trees somewhere along your travels….I know that there are over 2000 native species that grow in various palm tree locations throughout the world. They thrive from the Caribbean to Asia; Africa to Australia, the United States to Canada. South and Central America, Mexico and the Middle East are also home to many varieties. Europe has quite a few more than you may think
The most popular kinds found in the Middle East and Africa are the date and oil producing varieties. The Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. You can’t picture a tropical beach to relax on without palm trees springing to mind.
Many cultures around the world use palms for several things. The trees shelter them. Feed them with fruit. Quench their thirst with water.
These trees play an important role supplying them with the some of the basic necessities of life.
So whenever I wear my Palm Tree Pendant I am reminded that our New Zealand Jewellery is sold to all the corners of the world and many people will have their own special significant memory of the majestic palm tree.

Nautilus Shell Pendant – GP588/PO588

A symbol of life, internal harmony, and the perfection of nature, the Nautilus Shell evokes a sense of mystery and awe. The chambers of the nautilus shell are symbolic of growth, evolution and renewal – the stages each individual passes through life. The spiral itself is a symbol of creation, movement, and fluidity. My gorgeous Nautilus Shell pendant captures these attributes perfectly and makes the perfect statement piece to give me a serene sense of balance and well-being.

The ancient Nautilus Shell is a symbol of proportional perfection. It is the most inspiring and energetic form known to human kind. It is also the perfect paradox – having survived relatively unchanged for millions of years, the Nautilus Shell is, oddly enough, a symbol for expansion and renewal as it grows increasingly larger chambers throughout its life. Its shape represents the golden mean number, known as PHI, in which the digits continue indefinitely without ever repeating themselves. PHI is found in all living forms, and when used in artwork and architecture, it renders the object beautiful to the human eye.

To me the Nautilus Shell reminds me of what I strive to achieve in my life ….balance, beauty, consistency and continual growth.
It also symbolises what it is that Ariki New Zealand Jewellery represents – we are a small jewellery manufacturer based in Marlborough New Zealand who produce unique beautiful quality jewellery and export it to all the corners of the globe… a remarkable achievement indeed.

Paua Nautilus Shell Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Cats Eye Earrings – PE244/PE144

I love to team my unique Cats Eye Earrings with my Nautilus Shell pendant.
The Cat’s eye shells which these gorgeous earrings are stylised on are fascinating as they actually are the protective lids or ‘doors’ of the common sea snail. When these snails withdraw into their shells, it is this very cat’s eye that encloses them. That’s why cat’s eyes are great symbols of safety, protection, new life and new season.

Cats Eyes Earrings PE144

Egret Pendant – GP889/PO889

Stylised on the Egret, a beautiful creature, exhibiting grace, and noble stature. My elegant Egret Pendant brings me the feeling of the peace and harmony of seeing the Egret on a twilight evening fishing in the shallow waters.
New Zealand’s Egret is known as the white heron or kotuku and is well-loved by the New Zealand people, but it is rarely seen except by those who specifically seek it out.
Its sole New Zealand breeding site near Okarito Lagoon in Westland is well-known and well-protected, but elsewhere it is ‘He kotuku rerenga tahi’ or the bird of single flight, implying something seen perhaps once in a lifetime.

It is revered by our native New Zealand people Māori for its elegant white feathers. This graceful bird has long, slender legs and a long, thin S-shaped neck, which has a distinct kink when flying.
When seen in close proximity it is a magnificent bird, with its large size and clean white plumage. White herons have never been recorded attempting to breed anywhere else in New Zealand and despite the risk of the entire population being in just one site they seem to thrive in this protected precious piece of paradise.

The adult Birds arrive at the breeding colony in August, where they build nests in trees and tree ferns up to 15 m high. Their eggs are laid in September-October and are incubated by both parents. The cute little Nestlings are fed by both parents.

Their leaving of the nest begins with short flights, followed by final departure about 64 days after hatching.
As a symbol of things both beautiful and rare, the kōtuku occupied an important place in Māori myth and folklore, and to compare a visitor to a kōtuku was a compliment of the highest order.
My Egret pendant is very special to me and I often receive compliments on its unique style and beauty whenever I wear it.

Egret Pendant GP889