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Meri Kirihimete / Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas (English)
Joyous Noël (French)
Frohe Weihnachten (German)
Zalig Kerstfeest or Zalig Kerstmis (both mean Merry Christmas), Vrolijk Kerstfeest (Cheerful Christmas) or Prettig Kerstfeest (Nice Christmas) (Dutch)
Buon Natale (Italian)
Meri Kirihimete (Maori New Zealand)

Whatever language you may use or in whatever country you may live I would like to take this time to wish you all a very joyous festive season and a Happy New Year.

Thank you one and all for following my blog over the last twelve months, it certainly has been a year of change and excitement for me with the arrival of my Grandson who has brought so much joy and love to our lives.
Here is his latest Christmas photo to show you just how adorable he is….it melts my heart every time he smiles!


New Zealand Jewelry


I love working for Ariki New Zealand Jewellery and being involved with such an awesome “family”
I continue to be inspired and enamoured with the beautiful Paua Shell whether it be used in Jewellery or decoration in my garden… I have even used some to make a Christmas tree this year and would like to share this with you.

Paua Christmas Tree

I’m now looking forward to a couple of week’s holidays spending time in our beautiful awe-inspiring Marlborough Sounds on sun soaked summers days, resting and relaxing with family and friends.
So until next year…… mihi ki aku hoa – farewell my friends

Silver Fern Cufflinks For Men – Paua Shell Favourites (Vicky’s Blog)

Silver Fern Cufflinks

“It is always an inspiring experience for me to looking through our wonderful range and I can’t help but share a few more key pieces of our exquisite Paua Shell jewellery with you.”


We do not neglect the men in our lives when it comes to our jewellery.

We have created a range of cufflinks for men which will set off any suit or formal attire handsomely. Recently my younger brother, who is required to wear a suit in his chosen profession, and his wife welcomed their very first beautiful baby girl into the world.

I made sure to select some lovely cute pink outfits for baby and a special treasured token of jewellery for “mum” but did not want to let this momentous occasion go by without selecting a gift for my brother also.

I chose the PO213 Silver Fern Cufflinks as their meaning is also especially significant given that this precious baby girl was born in New Zealand.

Silver Fern Cufflinks


The Silver Fern is a proud and iconic symbol of New Zealand. It is worn with pride by all our national sports teams as they represent our small island nation on the world stage, to signify their special connection with our land. It evokes feelings of success, dedication and loyalty. The wearer of this beautiful piece of jewellery will be sure to feel this bond with our country.

Paua Shell Jewellery Favourites – Vicky’s Blog

Paua Shell Jewellery

Focus on our Range

Sterling Silver Paua Shell Jewellery

“It is always an inspiring experience for me to looking through our wonderful range and I can’t help but share a few more key pieces of our exquisite Paua Shell jewellery with you.”


I thought it may be time to highlight the many and varied pieces of New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery we have in our range. I absolutely love choosing a unique and special piece to accessorise with my outfits each day. The iridescent colours of the Paua Shell Jewellery glisten and change as I turn them in my hands and face them to different light angles.

The shell also has the added advantage of taking on the colour of any piece of clothing I may wear it against.  This means that I can always get a piece to match any colour perfectly.

My most precious pieces to wear for special occasions are our Sterling Silver paua earrings and pendants.

These fine pieces of jewellery are designed with .925 Sterling Silver accents which further accentuate the myriad of colours in our unique Paua Shell Jewellery.

My absolute favourite piece is pictured below:

Hei Matau Maori Pendant

This impressive native New Zealand Māori Design of the Hei-Matau is a meaningful gift that delivers and expresses your wishes of safety and well-being to your loved ones. This eye-catching design symbolises these special relationships with its spiralling sterling silver interlinking with the striking Paua Shell cabochon signifying the joining of the two friendships.


Paua Brooches

What better way to show off an exquisite piece of jewellery than to pin one of our gorgeous brooches to a smart elegant black coat?

I recently had to attend a community event and as it is mid-winter here in New Zealand had to layer up against the coldness with a thick New Zealand merino wool coat.

Now as most people who know me realise I am not one who wears such drab colours, no I usually wear the colour of the rainbow – or for that matter the Paua Shell!

So to counter this step away from my norm I picked a particularly colourful iridescent Peacock Brooch. Our GP791 fitted the bill perfectly with its shimmering tail feathers fanning up behind the striking gold of the panel.

Peacock Brooche


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.


Blue Necklace


The Soft curve of the oval cabochon in this beautiful jewellery piece is very feminine, elegant and timeless, it is sure to add glamour and appeal to any special outfit on any occasion.

The intricate craftsmanship required to fashion such a gorgeous accessory is evident as the necklace shimmers against the wearer’s neck. The Blues, greens, pinks and purples glow in any light.

The ideal piece to wear with a scoop neck or low cut dress it is sure to receive many compliments.

This is one of several shell necklaces for women we have in our range but one which I am particularly fond of.


Paua Rings

As you will no doubt be aware now our jewellery comes in many different forms, and of course just like the Paua Shell itself many different colour ways. I am particularly drawn to the soft pinks and purples of the unique Paua shell but am equally enamoured of the deep blues and greens in other pieces.  My favourite ring is accentuates this by being the most beautiful deepest blue ring.

I wear this blue ring with pride as a symbol of the small part I have to play in the journey of our Paua Shell from the deepest seas off the coastlines of New Zealand to all the far reaching corners of the world. I love to share this story with everyone I meet who are drawn to the statement piece adorning my hand.

Paua Ring

The ornately scalloped edge frames the round cabochon elegantly on our Paua Wrap Around Ring – the smooth sleek panel then extends to wrap around the finger gently creating a truly unique piece of jewellery. It is sure to become a forever treasured keepsake.


Paua Earrings

My morning ritual is never complete until I have put my jewellery on. Particularly my earrings – in fact I would feel naked without them! Luckily for me I work in the ideal industry. We have a range of sterling silver stud earrings as well as gold plated and palladium plated pieces.

So many unique styles and colour ranges to choose from mean that I have a different pair for everyday of the week. Of course I will always have my most favourite pairs but am able to change them to cater to any occasion.

There is sure to be something to capture your attention when you peruse our extensive range on our website

Silver Star Earrings

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.

Baby New Beginnings (Vicky’s Blog)

I have some very exciting news to share with you all…. I am about to become a grandmother for the very first time!!

My darling daughter is due to have my wee Grandson at the beginning of October this year. I know she will be the most devoted loving and caring mother to her wee boy and it has made me proud to watch her maturing into the beautiful young woman and mother she is becoming.

Baby Jewellery

This time in my life has me pondering on some items in our jewellery range which would be suitable for “pregnancy jewellery” or a treasured piece which may signify this exciting and life changing new beginning for our wee family.

SE3 – Globe Earrings – Sterling Silver

Baby Jewellery

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 globe earrings when worn will honour your place on our globe.

What better way to celebrate the new arrival of a precious baby boy onto our earth and continuing our family’s “place in the world” than to wear these earrings in his honour?


SP3 – Circle of Life Pendant – Sterling Silver

Pregnancy necklace circle of life

Our exquisite Circle of life Pendant symbolises the path of life ever ongoing, with no beginnings and no end. The closed circle with a hole at the top represents the never ending journey of discovery and self-discovery for anyone who may wear it.
We are both going through different journeys on the way to the birth of this baby and beyond – my daughter during all of her beautiful blooming pregnancy and myself as I support her along the way to becoming a young first time mother.


ZGP14 – Koru Greenstone Jade – Freeform Pendant

Koru Pendant

In New Zealand Greenstone carving the koru is said to represent new beginnings, growth and re-generation. We know it symbolizes the fern frond seen in New Zealand’s native bush because of the native New Zealand people, the Māori, proverb that speaks of rebirth and growth: “Ka hinga atu he tete-kura – ka hara-mai he tete-kura”
“As one fern frond dies – one is born to take its place”.
The ideal piece of jewellery to honour this new phase in our lives. We will both be experiencing new beginnings…new starts and such a huge period of personal growth and maturity.


ZGP21 – Spiral Greenstone Jade – Freeform Pendant

Spiral Pendant Baby Jewellery

The spiral shaped koru design of our Spiral Jade freeform pendant is derived from the unfolding silver fern frond. The circular movement towards an inner coil refers to ‘going back to the beginning’. Symbolic of new life, new beginnings, hope, perfection, rebirth, a new start, awakening, personal growth, purity, nurturing, a new phase (in life), the spirit of rejuvenation, and peace.
To me personally the shape of this piece also symbolises the support and protection of my daughter and her unborn child – the sleek lines of the greenstone cradle the smaller “frond” gently yet protectively. The ideal pregnancy jewellery piece.

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.

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