Australia – Taking our Paua Shell Jewellery to the world
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area.
For thousands of years, the decorative arts were a central part of the native Australian people Aboriginal culture in Australia, reflecting the bright landscape, the abundant natural resources, and distinct cultures of myriad tribes spread across a diverse land. Harnessing local materials like pearl shells, cockle, nautilus shells and bird plumage to craft necklaces, pendants and headdresses, Aboriginal people developed a rich jewellery tradition that reflected their unique environment.
We here in New Zealand often call Australia our closest “neighbour” so it is no wonder that several of our products make it to their shores.
In fact we have produced some unique and precious pieces which honour the history of the Aboriginal people and their artworks. An example of this is:
GP577 Oblong Pendant –Our statement piece the Oblong stylises traditional Aboriginal art work.
From the beginning of time the Aborigines have told “Dreamtime” stories to each generation in order to keep their stories in their culture alive and to educate their people about their place on earth.
Stories are told about the stars, planets, the land, animals, “bush tucker”, hunting and ancestors through Aboriginal Art to help tell the stories of their history and culture.
The artwork on our beautiful pendant symbolises some of the native flora and fauna of the awe inspiring country of Australia. But you will agree with me when I say that this striking piece of jewellery could be inspired by any countries surroundings. A treasure to behold.