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Christmas Gifts: Australian and Dutch Souvenirs

Our designers also have other countries covered when it comes to special unique pieces of New Zealand Jewellery.
Several members of my extended family have lived in Australia for quite a few years now, and although they are true New Zealanders in their hearts they certainly have come to love their adopted country.
Our designers have created a range of Australian inspired jewellery and so I have the ideal chance to purchase just the right gifts for my “Australian” family

Gum Leaf Earrings

PE153/PE253

The native Australian people – the Aboriginal traditionally used the gum-leaf as a musical instrument. As the name suggests, the tree leaf was held against the lips and blown. Originally intended to imitate bird-calls, the gum-leaf can also be used to play tunes. Our striking Gum leaf earrings with its stunning Nephrite Jade Cabochon has a traditional timeless elegance all of its own.

Gum Leaf Earrings

Oblong Pendant

PO577/GP577 

Our 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.

Oblong Pendant

Sydney Opera House Pendant

PO854/GP854

The iconic Sydney Opera house sits as a focal point in the middle of Sydney City Harbour.
It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20th October, 1973.
There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece. It is one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty that has become known throughout the world – a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent.
What better way to honour any special family member living in Sydney, or for that matter have visited Sydney, than gifting them a Sydney Opera House Pendant.

Sydney Opera House Pendant

Dutch Windmill Pendant

PO814/GP814

A very dear friend of mine has been lucky enough to visit Hollard this year and timed her visit with their National Mill Day on the second weekend in May 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 Paua Shell Jewellery pendant pays homage to these mills which are characteristic of the Dutch landscape as well as the innovative people who built them. I plan to surprise her with a unique tribute to this unique experience.

Windmill Pendant

Australian Icons: Sydney Opera House and Gum Leafs

Carrying on from my last blog – here are some more unique New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery pieces in our range which honours our “closest neighbour” Australia.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House Pendant

GP854/PO854

The iconic Sydney Opera house sits as a focal point in the middle of Sydney City Harbour.
It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20th October, 1973.

Architecture of the Sydney Opera house

There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece. It is one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty that has become known throughout the world – a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent. The highest point of the Sydney Opera House is a towering 67 metres above sea level – equivalent to a 22 story building and has a total of 6223 square metres of glass so it obviously forms a very impressive vision over the harbour.

Badu Gili

In recent times the famously recognisable Opera House “sails” have provided the backdrop for fantastic light shows.
Sydney’s annual vivid festival event takes place over the course of three weeks in May and June fills the harbour with barges equipped with powerful projectors that use the buildings ringing the harbour (especially the iconic Sydney Opera House) as geometrically complex screens for projection-mapped lightshows, synchronised to music.

From July 2017 one particular show was launched: Badu Gili – meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people – is a daily experience that explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset and 7pm.

A celebration of the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture, Badu Gili continues the traditions of Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule (‘where the knowledge waters meet’), a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of years.

The Sydney Opera House Souvenir pendant

 

What better way to honour this iconic building than create our own wee masterpiece pendant. The Paua Shell cabochon sits perfectly in one of the buildings “sails” and shimmers and shines just like the amazing light shows.

Sydney Opera House Pendant PO854

Gum leaf Earrings

PE253/PE153

Our cute unique Gum Leaf earrings are stylised on the leaf of the Eucalyptus tree native to Australia.
The native Australian people – the Aboriginal traditionally used the gum-leaf as a musical instrument. As the name suggests, the tree leaf was held against the lips and blown. Originally intended to imitate bird-calls, the gum-leaf can also be used to play tunes.

Meaning of the eucalyptus tree

The eucalyptus tree on which the gum leaf grows is a holy tree for the Aboriginals. For them it represents the division of underworld, Earth and heaven. They believe that at a spiritual level the eucalyptus has a purifying effect. Negative energy disappears in the place where you burn a eucalyptus leaf.

Gum Leafs

Reassurance for Aussies

If there is one iconic symbol reassuring true-blue Aussies (Australian people) they have arrived home from their global travels, it is the Eucalyptus or Gum Tree. It is said that returning soldiers from the wars could smell the distinctively homely scent of the gum tree before hitting land. It has been a muse for many artistic people throughout history, painting picturesque scenes of Australiana using different mediums such as painting, song writing, and poetry. Towering over the Australian bush-land there are more than 700 hundred species with the majority being Australian native.

Gum leaf Paua earrings

Gum leaf Earrings PE253

Our striking Gum leaf earrings with their stunning Paua Shell Cabochons have a traditional timeless elegance all of their own.

Photo sources:
Sydney Opera House: https://pixabay.com/nl/sydney-opera-house-australi%C3%AB-3605032/
Eucalyptus tree: https://pixabay.com/nl/eucalyptus-boom-koorts-tree-461243/

Vicky’s Blog: elegant timeless statement pieces of jewellery

This week I want to introduce to you two elegant timeless statement pieces of jewellery.
Our 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.

GP577-ariki-paua-pendant
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.
Yin / Yang : Two halves that together complete wholeness. Providing Balance.
Yin is characterised as slow, soft, yielding, and is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity, and night-time. Perfectly symbolised by our beautiful Paua Shell Cab with its crystal, iridescent colours of greens pinks, turquoise and blues.

Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime. Featured on our piece as the solid side the pendant also features traditional Aboriginal art work to symbolise these characteristics.
This elegant piece will restore the wearers balance, realigning their spirit and ultimately making them feel calm, energised and alive.

GP576-ariki-paua-pendant