Italy – Taking our Paua Shell Jewellery to the world
Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
The history of jewellery design in Italy is varied and opulent. Creativity abounds in Italy, so it’s no wonder why Italian jewellery designers created some of the most amazing and unique pieces in the entire world. Italian jewellery was also used in ceremonial, religious, family and social occasions.
Gold has been captivating humanity for its malleability and durability ever since its discovery. Even today, jewellers often prefer it to other metals. It does not tarnish and never dulls.
In ancient Italy gold was associated with the human body, mind and spirit more than any other metal. It was considered as the colour of the sun, and revered in ancient times and as the giver of life seemed to bestow its shine onto gold objects in a way that led to a sense of worship and admiration.
It was believed that gold in its glory could connect the human mind, body and spirit to the earth and earn the wearer the favour of the gods.
So it is no wonder that the most popular of Ariki New Zealand Jewellery pieces in Italy are our 22 carat gold plated pieces.