Vicky’s Blog: cruising on the seas

We had a busy summer season here in New Zealand with cruise ships from all over the world visiting our shores and bringing thousands of people to sample our hospitality, taste the best foods our small country can offer and of course shop from our stores.

Their journey sees them visit small port towns such as Picton and Akaroa in the South Island of New Zealand and they certainly are buzzing with activity when a cruise ship calls into port – the accents of people from different countries fill the air, there is a feeling of excitement, and a relaxing summer holiday atmosphere.

Of course Ariki have our beautiful product in many of the stores in these towns but we also supply to cruise ship companies around the world so that their passengers may shop at their leisure.
They can browse some of our most popular Paua Shell Jewellery pieces on these ships and what better way to have a keepsake of their journey to paradise than acquire their own wee piece of New Zealand Jewellery.

Major Earthquake rocks our Island paradise – Vicky’s Blog

Shake rattle and roll….as we head into the first week of summer our wee oasis in the Pacific is reeling from the impact of a major earthquake which rocked our lands just after midnight on 14th November 2016 and the hundreds of aftershocks still being felt to this day.

Kaikoura district just a short couple of hours drive from our base here in Blenheim New Zealand bore the brunt of Mother Nature flexing her muscles.

She wrecked devastation as she stretched, fracturing lands, destroying homes, land, roads, railway lines and anything else which stood in her way.

The landscape has been forever changed as have people’s lives.

Even our humble Paua did not escape her fury.

Thousands of Paua along with Crayfish and other sea life have been left exposed after the seabed lifted by up to six metres (over 19 feet) in some places.

Wrenched from their natural habitat they will wither and die.

The numbers of Paua living in this quake ravaged area could take years to recover. Especially as it was these areas where the young and growing Paua flourished in the mineral rich ocean off the coast of Kaikoura.

Paua shown here exposed after the seabed rose from the ocean by several metres

(Paua shown here exposed after the seabed rose from the ocean by several metres)

I had been lucky enough to travel along this pristine windswept highway on the Friday preceding the earthquake. I was visiting some local stockists of our beautiful New Zealand jewellery. They were all in good spirits, looking forward to the booming summer tourist season ahead.

Expecting thousands to flock to this idyllic wee seaside town, to swim and to surf, to view the whales and dolphins, to sample the local seafood, Crayfish and Paua, but now our main state highway is blocked by huge landslides, the main railway line destroyed and major damage done to the harbour and marina.

The town is isolated for a while to come yet.

The tourists cannot come visit.

Huge landslides block our main highways

(Huge landslides block our main highways)

The main rail track through the South Island has been destroyed shaken off its path and thrown across the highway into the sea.

(The main rail track through the South Island has been destroyed shaken off its path and thrown across the highway into the sea.)

But as is our “Kiwi” New Zealander way our country will rally together to repair the damage, neighbour will help neighbour and the long slow recovery process will begin.

In the meantime the rest of our beautiful country will flourish in its usual carefree summer way and visitors will still get to sample some of our awesome scenery and wonderful hospitality.

A unique gift to mark my daughter’s eighteenth birthday

It is a very special time of the year for me as I celebrate the birth of my precious daughter. I always love getting together with my family and friends at this time to celebrate her birthday and the fact that the days are getting longer and the first signs of spring are appearing. I always feel that this means new beginnings, and another step in her journey through life.
This year I thought I would purchase her a unique gift to mark her eighteenth and of course what better could I do than a piece of jewellery for her to treasure into her adult years?
I am in the perfect occupation to choose something uniquely special and certainly am spoiled for choice! Ariki New Zealand has an array of special uniquely New Zealand shell jewellery for any special occasion.
I thought I would share a few sterling silver jewellery pieces I have been contemplating for her gift.

SE10 Double Twist Earrings – Sterling Silver

A very strong and long lasting design, the double twist represents a spiritual merger of two people for eternity. Although the lives of loved ones will take different paths, they will always be connected, crossing each-other in life or death. It is a potent statement of loyalty, friendship and love. Our stunning design also holds a circular cabochon nestled preciously within the bottom twist.

 

SE10 Double Twist Earrings - Sterling Silver

SE10 Double Twist Earrings – Sterling Silver

 

SE3 Globe Earrings – Sterling Silver
The myriad of colours on the Paua Shell cabochon mirror those of our globe as seen from far above in the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere. The spiralling lines of silver represent the process of growth and evolution. Conveying ideas of fertility, birth, death, expansion, and transformation. They are cycles of time, life, and the seasons we have on earth. These earrings when worn will honour your place on our globe.

SE3 Globe Earrings - Sterling Silver

SE3 Globe Earrings – Sterling Silver

 

SP17 Bouquet Pendant – Sterling Silver

Our fun filled sterling silver Bouquet pendant symbolises cherished times and carries special messages just like a bouquet of flowers given to those we hold most dear. It celebrates precious moments in our lives, celebrations, remembering loved ones, romance and the pure joy of receiving a beautiful bouquet.

 

SP17 Bouquet Pendant - Sterling Silver

SP17 Bouquet Pendant – Sterling Silver

 

SP13 Dreaming Pendant – Sterling Silver

The koru on this simple delicate sterling silver Dreaming pendant is known as a traditional native New Zealand Māori symbol representing new life, creation and fresh beginnings. Curving around the precious Paua Shell Cabochon, the koru reminds us that it’s never too late to start afresh, realise our dreams and pursue our greatest passions with the support of those around us.

SP13 Dreaming Pendant - Sterling Silver

SP13 Dreaming Pendant – Sterling Silver

 

New Zealand: a backdrop of snow covered mountains

It has been autumn going through to winter in our beautiful country and I have had the opportunity to trip around and visit some of the stores and experience some breath taking scenery along the way.

The trees make a spectacular display of reds, browns, golds and yellows with a backdrop of snow covered mountains and crisp clear blue/green lakes streams and rivers. The colours of our unique New Zealand shell, the Paua, are mirrored in the landscape.

But this made me think about the other places in the world our unique product travels to from our wee base here in Blenheim New Zealand.

We have stores all over the world who sell our jewellery and I was amazed when I first started out on this journey of discovery to find out just where it went to and love to “google” the locations to find out a bit more about these places.

Just this week we have exported to The Caribbean, The Bahamas, England, United States, Germany, France and The Maldives just to name a few.

It makes me so proud to know I play a small part in getting our wee “piece of New Zealand” to these far off lands and people get to enjoy our unique and beautiful product.

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Vicky’s Blog: Rightful names of birth

Some of you may have noticed that the products on our website have now been officially been given their “rightful names of birth” – that is that I have spoken with the designers and found out the inspiration behind each and every product.

What an honour and a truly fascinating journey I have been on learning the history and inspiration behind our uniquely beautiful pieces of jewellery across all the different ranges – from the sterling silver jewellery, the Greenstone (Jade) jewellery right through to the “shining star” of our range – the uniquely special New Zealand Shell – The Paua Shell.

I have now been able to share these “wee stories” with you all by publishing them to the Website. This has been a truly proud moment for me as my journey within the industry continues.
Here is a few examples for you but please feel free to take the time to read about your favourite products.

GP801/PO801 Ornate Heart shaped Pendant
“The eternal symbol of love – The beautiful Paua Shell heart on our elegant timeless pieces of jewellery symbolises the love of many things – including those for whom we may purchase it.”
New Zealand Paua is considered the rarest and most beautiful in the world and is loved by all that may wear it. ”

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GP803/PO803 Crocus Pendant

“With the emergence of springtime the crocus flower is one of the very first to bloom, It is often referred to as the light bulb flower because it looks like a bright light bulb until the petals unfurl into the cup shaped flower. It is no wonder it has a reputation as a symbol of cheerfulness and glee as it brings the landscape alive with colour after a long winter. Our cheerful bright pendant will remind the wearer of these wonderful feelings.”

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SE11 Star shine Earrings – Sterling Silver
“The ideal gift for someone who shines like the stars in the night and fills your life with light. Their eyes may sparkle like stars and you don’t want to take your eyes off of them.
Just like the diamonds in the sky these sterling silver Star shine earrings sparkle and shine when worn.”

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