Unity Day Germany – 3 October

German Unity
Berlin was seperated in East and West till 1989. Germany united in 1990.
Image by Sarah Lötscher from Pixabay

German Unity Day, on October 3rd, is the German national holiday, a sort of German Fourth of July. Both the observance date and the holiday are recent. The third day of October has only been a national holiday since 1990. For nearly 30 years, East and West Germany were divided. This national holiday in Germany celebrates the two sides joining back together.

Although you will see German flags flying at the Reichstag building in Berlin and in other public locations, private flags and public fireworks are not a big part of the October 3 celebration. Most people enjoy the day off and spend time with friends and family. In Berlin there are usually open-air concerts or other festivities near the Brandenburg Gate.

Every year, a different German city hosts the national celebrations. Yet, Berlin always puts on a great big show “Burgerfest” (citizen’s festival).that last for several days.

It is a day in fall with nice weather that can be used by the people as a feast and picnic day.

I am sure that you would agree that there would be a particular piece of quality handcrafted Ariki New Zealand Jewellery which would be perfect to gift to someone in one of these countries to commemorate such a special occasion.

Each and every piece would be treasured forever. Iridescent abalone (or Paua as we call it in New Zealand) sea shell flatters warm and cool skin tones alike. They change colour every time they are viewed in a different light which is certainly part of their charm.

The rich cultural and spiritual significance of Paua Shell makes it a conversation starter all over the world.

View a Video of the countdown to German Unity in 1990

Hugs

Love Jewelry

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 and 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

GP899/PO899 – 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.

GP584/PO584 – 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.

Auckland

Auckland Skyline

There is too much to say about Auckland to limit it to one paragraph but I will try!

Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island with a population of approximately 1.6 million people. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Affectionately known as “the City of Sails” Like many cities Auckland is full of charm and character, but there are a few things that also make it incredibly unique. From discovering magnificent volcanoes and stunning sandy beaches, to acquainting yourself with the region’s fascinating culture and learning about its rich history, there are so many things to do in Auckland.

Auckland is lucky to be home to wonderful waters with unbeatable landscapes and unique wildlife. These picture perfect waters are also why Auckland is known as the world’s best city for yacht lovers. So of course the pendant that reminds me of Auckland when I wear it is:

Paua Yacht Pendant GP882

The Yacht is a symbol of travel and adventure, fulfilment of hidden desires. This could also be a romantic getaway or imposing holiday where you sip a cocktail while lying in the sun and sailing through the waves of the sea. Our cute wee Yacht pendant can take you back to these idyllic times.

Paua Yacht Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Māori and the sea

Maori Mural https://pixabay.com/photos/new-zealand-mural-maori-rock-water-583177/

Not surprisingly, given that New Zealand is surrounded by sea, our native New Zealand people Māori have a strong affinity with the ocean.

Oral storytelling is a vital element in Māori culture, and the story of demi-god Māui fishing Aotearoa from the sea has been passed down through the generations. The North Island (Te Ika a Māui) was the fish Māui caught and became home to Māui, his family and all Māori. The South Island became the waka (canoe) of Māui through the legend and is known as Te Waka a Māui (the canoe of Māui). Stewart Island, located to the south of the South Island is known as Te Punga a Māui (Māui’s anchor). The tangata whenua (people of the land) of New Zealand have always been great fishers and have special provision to fish under customary fishing regulations. Kaimoana (seafood) caught under the customary fishing regulations cannot be traded or sold.

We have several pieces of unique fine New Zealand Jewellery which honour this connection with our heritage and our oceans but my personal favourite is the W47 Hei Matau Koru

Pounamu Greenstone Pendant

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Our stylised genuine New Zealand Greenstone pendant pays homage to this strong relationship as well as having the distinctive Koru shape which symbolises new beginnings and growth.
This unique and beautiful piece of genuine New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu as the Māori have named it, has been hand carved and then polished to a high shine finish and would most definitely be a prized treasure for anyone who may receive it.