Ariki is inspired to create the finest jewellery using the unique and beautiful New Zealand Paua shell. Ariki uses only the best graded shells for its selection of jewellery. The Ariki Collection is a combination of the superb skills of Ariki’s craftspeople, combined with the incredible beauty of the New Zealand Paua shell.
Each of Ariki’s handcrafted cabochons (specifically shaped & polished paua shell) is unique in colour and pattern. Considerable time and effort is spent matching cabochons with complimentary colours and patterns to create pairs of earrings and items such as bracelets that use multiple cabochons.
All items of Ariki jewellery are plated in either 22ct gold plate or palladium plate (palladium is a derivative of platinum). All pendants are supplied with an 18 inch (45cm) chain. Ariki’s jewellery findings are either stamped from brass or cast in white metal (white metal is a combination of base metals with a melting point low enough to allow spin casting). Ariki has also added a small 925 Sterling Silver collection.
Ariki is the world’s most successful designer/manufacturer of Paua shell jewellery. Ariki is proud of being a New Zealand based manufacturer employing New Zealanders to produce products for sale in New Zealand, online and overseas.
Ariki Jewellery is presented in a beautiful jewellery box and makes the perfect gift.