USA – Taking our Paua Shell Jewellery to the world

United States Jewelry
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We here at Ariki New Zealand jewellery pride ourselves on the high quality handcrafted jewellery items we produce each and every day from our factory in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand. This pride extends to the fact that these precious pieces of jewellery are exported across the world so that people in other countries can also enjoy owning a treasured procession.

United States of America

The United States of America is a federal republic consisting of 50 states, a federal district (Washington, D.C., the capital city of the United States), five major territories, and various minor islands.] The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico; the two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, are in the north-western part of North America and an archipelago in the mid-Pacific, respectively, while the territories are scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Native American Indian jewellery has a history dating back thousands of years. Tribes stretching from the southwest to the northeast have a rich history of jewellery making. These indigenous American peoples jewellery consist of all types including bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings; and are made from numerous materials including turquoise, bone, precious stones, semi-precious stones, silver, antlers, porcupine quills, and copper.

There is evidence as far back as 8,800 BC that the Paleo-Indians shaped stones and shells into jewellery pieces by using a thin stone drill.

The main reason American Indians wore jewellery was, as it is today, for adornment. It was also used to signify social class.

Turquoise has long been a dominant material in southwestern Native American jewellery. Representing the sky and known as the “fallen sky stone”, turquoise was believed to have life-giving powers and was cherished for its spiritual connection to Mother Earth.

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This fact reminds me of the special significance to nature that our own native people the Māori give to both the precious Paua Shell and Pounamu or Greenstone of which is featured across our range.

Australia – Taking our Paua Shell Jewellery to the world

Australian Jewelry
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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:

Paua Oblong Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

GP577   Oblong PendantOur 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.

Bahamas – Taking our Paua Shell Jewellery to the world

Bahamas Jewelry
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The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.  It is comprised of 700 islands and over 2,000 rocks and cays, sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean. The archipelago is an ecological oasis, boasting the clearest water on the planet. (You can see as far as 200 feet!!) The northernmost, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, are home to many large-scale hotels, and among the best known Islands.

Scuba diving and snorkelling sites include the massive Andros Barrier Reef, Thunder ball Grotto (used in James Bond films) and the black-coral gardens off Bimini.

Even the most experienced explorers have gotten lost the abundant natural beauty of the Bahamas. For centuries, these islands captivated settlers, traders and invaders, while their shipping channel enchanted pirates who quickly discovered all of the great hiding places. To this day, there are still tales of treasure. However, the real treasure is the people. Bahamians may live for today, but they never forget our past.

Being such a gorgeous idyllic place to be – the Bahamas is renowned for the “treasures” found on beachcombing hunts. And as such an avid beachcomber myself I would love to be able to go there one day and experience this for myself.  One shell in particular found in abundance in the Bahamas is the conch shell and so of course a popular unique piece of New Zealand Jewellery here is:

Paua Conch Shell Charm - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

GCH17  Conch Shell Charm        

Seashells have a long history of magical uses, as they were associated with the powers of various sea gods and goddesses of different cultures.

The Maldives – Taking our Paua Shell Jewellery to the world

Maldives Jewelry
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The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu, and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) made of carved white coral.

Unrivalled luxury, stunning white-sand beaches and an amazing underwater world in luminous cyan-blue water make Maldives an obvious choice for a true holiday of a lifetime and it is most definitely on my “bucket list” of places to visit in my own lifetime.

With some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, the clear waters of Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing; dazzling coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish await you when you get down to the reef. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. The best bit? The water is so warm many people don’t even wear a wetsuit.

Being such an obviously island nation our marine life Paua Shell Jewellery pieces definitely prove to be the most popular, including dolphins, whales, and turtles.

Maybe when I am lucky enough to visit I can go snorkelling and see some of these amazing creatures.

Paua Dolphin Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

GP862   Dolphin Pendant             the sleek elegant dolphin are often seen as being protective and stabilising.  Their compassionate demeanour endears them to all who come into contact with them. Our beautiful Dolphin pendant symbolises this protection and balance.

Turkey – Taking our Paua Shell Jewellery to the world

Turkey, Istanbul Jewellery
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Turkey is a nation straddling Eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans.

The court records dating from 1526 indicate that there were 90 Jewellery artisans in the service of the Sultan. The art of Ottoman Jewellery making reached its peak in the 16th century, with gold and precious stones applied not only to wearable Jewellery but also to articles of everyday objects such as book covers, utensils, weapons etc. using a variety of materials such as leather, ivory, glass, bone, mother-of-pearl, horn, wood and metals such as zinc.

The 5,000-year-old jewellery tradition of Turkish lands is reflected in the Turkish jewellery industry’s exports to 153 countries. But they also import our unique New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery.

Paua Peacock Brooch PO791

In particular one piece is proving extremely popular in Turkey

GP791/PO791   Peacock Brooch               the unfolding of a Peacock’s tail feathers is effortlessly beautiful and captivating – as elegant as a ballet dancer telling a story of romance, sensuality and allure. To sight the vibrant iridescent blues and greens of a Peacock’s tail feathers is truly a beauty to behold. We have replicated this beauty on our elegant Peacock brooch with a large etched Paua Shell panel of the same vibrant colours.