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.

Bridesmaid’s jewellery: honour the sacred bond of friendship

Months of coordination over virtual Pinterest boards and late night hairstyle discussions have led to this- your wedding week has finally arrived. You could not have made it here without the selfless assistance of your most patient friends. While it is impossible to put a value on the support that a friend provides in the nerve-wracking days up to the nuptials, it is a known fact that this bond is sacred and priceless. Your closest confidantes, the keepers of your secrets and the quick dials on the smartphone- whether you dub them bridesmaids or not, they are the ones you will cherish- now and forevermore.

New Zealand Kiwi Bird Pendant

Make your own wedding tradition by choosing to honour this sacred bond of friendship with a beautiful token. Choose a hand-crafted pendant from Ariki Jewellery’s exclusive paua shell collection to gift your closest friend with. For a friend who embodies the spirit of citizenship with a dash of eccentric charm, gift them a small Kiwi Paua Shell pendant fashioned out of Palladium metal. The one who mends your heart with the right thing to say or a strong embrace will adore the Heart-shaped Paua Shell pendants in Sterling Silver, Gold Plated or Palladium metals. For the one with musical taste, the Treble Clef Paua Shell will please the soul. For the bridesmaid with a penchant for communing with nature on underwater adventures, the delicately-designed Sea Turtle Paua Shell pendant will be a guaranteed hit. Ariki’s Yacht Paua Shell pendant will delight the sea adventurer while the boomerang will become a treasured souvenir for a friend visiting from beyond the horizon.

Yacht Pendant Paua Shell Jewelry

Share your deepest appreciation of the constant source support and joy your friends have provided in the anticipation of your wedding day. Capture the spirit of sisterhood and keep it close for the years to come by selecting a pendant that best represents each bridesmaid. The pendants can be ready to be gifted during the reception dinner or the day of the big event- the choice is up to you!
Ariki Jewellery is one of New Zealand’s top-most jewellery designers that specialises in the use of ethically-sourced stones and shells like Greenstone or Nephrite Jade and Paua Shell from the South Island region. Each piece of jewellry from Ariki’s catalogue is hand-crafted in the factory based out of Blenheim, New Zealand – a true representation of Kiwi craftsmanship and artistic abilities.

Reasons to clutch your Paua shells

A simple way to add glamour and lustre to one’s life is by wearing stone or shell jewellery that shines iridescently as you go about the business of the day. Walk into any jewellery store and the choices to make are countless- Should you select a pendant with ruby and diamond setting? Is a sterling silver bangle encrusted with emeralds the appropriate graduation present?

Discerning buyers know that the best place to find quality jewellery is where you can find genuinely natural items. Ariki’s website offers the region’s best Paua Shell and Nephrite Jade jewellery with multiple variations of designs and metals in everything from brooches, rings, earrings to necklaces and pendants.

While browsing Ariki’s collection it may seem like the native Paua Shell jewellery closely resembles Sea Opal and Pearl Jewellery, albeit with a distinctively sea-blue tint. Pearl or nacre, the lining that surrounds any parasite that enters a shell, is an iridescent inner lining that is also called the ‘pearly layer’. When the lining wraps itself around a parasite and hardens, its transformation from a foreign object that entered the mollusk’s shell into a brilliant, glowing pearl bead is now complete. Both pearl beads and paua shells belong to small group of organic materials that are highly-sought after for their use in adornment, including ivory, jet, amber and coral. The main difference between Pāua Shell jewellery and Pearl jewellery is that the sea snails that are the source of Pāua are scarce and must be harvested.

Large edible sea snails, called Pāua in New Zealand and Abalone in Australia as well as the United States, are the source of Paua Shells. The Paua Shell is a predominantly green or blue-coloured shell that shifts hues in natural lighting and is found deep underwater in the region surrounding South Island. Ariki’s master craftsmen have designed a variety of delicately assembled studs, hoops, tops and dangling Paua Shell earrings to suit every occasion. Paua Shell earrings and pendants are crafted in the highest quality sterling silver, palladium and gold plated metals.
As one of New Zealand’s top-most jewellery designers, Ariki Jewellery specialises in the use of ethically-sourced local stones and shells like Greenstone or Nephrite Jade and Paua Shell. Every piece of jewellery from Ariki’s is hand-crafted in the factory based out of Blenheim, New Zealand.

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