I recently produced the art work above to honour this special place and incorporated some of our very precious and unique Paua Shell into the design to represent the sea.
I am also proud to be involve in the exclusive and important part that Ariki New Zealand play in the history of our island paradise and showcasing the unique Paua Shell Jewellery to the world.
Filigree Hook Pendant
The beautiful kowhaiwhai or scroll like patterns on this classic fish hook pendant are designed to represent the importance and significance of family, relationships and connections.
To New Zealand’s native people the Maori, The fish hook symbol is said to represent prosperity and safe travel over water.
Our clever designers have incorporated both the kowhaiwhai filigree and fish hook motif into this one design.
To me the gorgeous Paua Shell Cabochon on this piece also perfectly captures the colours of the sea surrounding our island paradise country.
Traditionally Maori were very reliant on the bounty they caught from the sea to survive. It constituted a large amount of their daily food needs and with it Maori flourished as a people. Maori had a very strong connection to Tangaroa, god of the sea and attributed this abundance to him.
I can only guess, but think that because of the strong connection to Tangaroa, wearing a fish hook over water would ensure safe passage because it shows a level of respect to Tangaroa for the bounty he provided.
The Kowhaiwhai pattern itself is stylised on the Koiri traditional Maori pattern which means to flourish.
I wear this special unique time honoured New Zealand Jewellery piece to signify my special connection to the sea by which I live and the abundance of sea food or Kaimoana that my Maori neighbours so generously provide.