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

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.



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. ”



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.”


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.”


The latest of our design process

We have had two new additions to our range this week and I am so excited to announce their arrival!
It is always so exciting to see the “birth” of a new item. Right through from the time someone comes up with the new idea, the design process using drawings and then computer images, the production of a carved “master” which will be used to form a metal piece from which the rubber mould can be formed and the casting process is then used to produce the finished item ready to be plated.
Of course there may be changes along the way and refinements to the product before it can meet our exacting standards.
The latest of our design process has resulted in the Nautilus Shell and the Palm Tree.

GP588/ PO588 available in both 22 carat gold and Palladium plated.


A symbol of life, internal harmony, and the perfection of nature, the nautilus shell evokes a sense of mystery and awe. The chambers of the nautilus shell are symbolic of growth, evolution and renewal – the stages each individual passes through life. The spiral itself is a symbol of creation, movement, and fluidity. Our gorgeous nautilus shell pendant captures these attributes perfectly and would make the perfect statement piece to give a serene sense of balance and well-being.




GP589/PO589 available in both 22 carat gold and Palladium plated

Palm trees evoke pleasant memories of good times spent whiling away sun filled days and relaxing vacations on golden sandy beaches with their fronds bursting out of the top of the tall majestic trunks like the rays of the sun or an expansive fireworks display. Our stunning Palm tree pendant can be worn as a reminder of these idyllic times.



Our cute wee Dutch windmill pendant. Characteristic of the Dutch landscape and a Holland Souvenir

Wow – I am always learning new things in this industry and that is why I absolutely love my job!

This week I had the privilege of being involved in launching the Dutch Windmill pendant to the market globally.
Let me tell you a little bit of what I have learnt about the windmill during this process.



If you are fortunate enough to be in Holland on the second weekend in May you will witness their National Mill day – where 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors. Historically the Dutch became very innovative when it came to keeping out the water. They built dykes, fortifications and last but not least wind and watermills to create new land. Our cute wee Dutch windmill pendant pays homage to these mills which are characteristic of the Dutch landscape as well as the innovative people who built them.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to actually visit Holland myself but who knows where in the world this job may take me???





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Unique to New Zealand’s environmentally pure coastal waters

This week I have had the privilege of travelling around our pristine beautiful country – New Zealand and visiting some stores a little further from home.

It was mid-summer here in “The Land of the Great White Cloud” as New Zealand is affectionately known and I have experienced some perfect long hot summers days as I travelled around, and have had the opportunity to see some absolutely stunning breath-taking scenery.

The Paua Shell is unique to New Zealand’s environmentally pure coastal waters and its opalescent blues, rich greens, pastel pinks and purples mimic the colours of our land – from the most brilliant blue of the summer sky to the greens of the native bush covered hills, the pinks and purples of our sun rises and sun sets – the ripples of our pristine clear lakes and waterways the white of our glaciers – it is essentially the most beautiful shell that nature ever intended.

It is this country and this shell which has inspired our designers to create the most stunning classical pieces of jewellery. I feel truly proud to be a small part of this process as well as living in this remarkable country.

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Craftmanship inspired by the world around us

I love to look at all the various pieces of jewellery and admire the craftsmanship and detail that goes into the design of each individual piece. They truly are inspired by the world around us and I would like to share with you some examples.


Starfish: Starfish are incredible creature of the deep sea and have been a maritime symbol for thousands of years. Just as stars do, the starfish can represent guidance and direction. How lucky you would be if you were strolling the shore and come across this beautiful creature, the wearer of our cute wee starfish pendant, embellished with Paua shell in the colours of the sea, will be reminded of these attributes and their idyllic surroundings.

Penguin: The penguin captivates our attention and our imagination, they always seem to be so “elegantly dressed” in their wee “tuxedos and formal attire” as they strut confidently on land as well as being able to express its heart and joy swimming and diving effortlessly in the ocean. They are also an example of endearing love and commitment as they are known to mate for life – what better way to symbolise your love and commitment than to wear a beautiful piece of penguin jewellery?


Cat: Long ago Egyptians worshipped cats as gods and it seems to this day that they have not forgotten this! They preen and pout – strut about almost like they look down upon us mere humans. Our feline brooch is a prime example of one of these majestic animals – an elegant piece of jewellery to honour your favourite feline.


photo credit: Bright Chinstrap via photopin (license)

A stingray, a playful dolphin and the amazing whale

After the launch of our Manatee last week I decided to check out the other “sea life” we have within our range and was surprised at the number available so thought I would show you a few of them this week.

The Stingray: The sleek majestic stingray fish can be found in the warmer tropical and sub-tropical waters around the world. The Paua shell on our Brooch, Pendant and earrings reflect the colours and the ripples of these beautiful waters.

Dolphin: The Dolphin’s playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to play sometimes just for the sheer joy of it. They remind us to take some time out of our busy lives to experience life like a child does. Our sleek elegant piece of jewellery portraying two playful dolphins balancing a Paua Shell heart reminds the wearer of this freedom.

Whale: Whales are one of the most amazing and elusive creatures known to roam the ocean and although they are the largest animal on earth they can also be the most gentlest especially when it comes to caring for their young. Our sweet wee Whale calf on our jewellery piece is shown swimming alongside its protective and caring mother.