“The Chief”: 100% manufactured in New Zealand

This week I took some time out from my busy role to speak to the Matriarch and Patriarch of the “Ariki family” The wonderful owners of Ariki, and glean a little back ground information on the company.

I was interested to find out that the name “Ariki” is from the Maori language and means “The Chief”.

Personally I think this a very apt description of a company which was founded in 1932 and continues to be one of the world’s most successful designer/manufacturer of Paua shell jewellery. It is also one of the largest jewellery manufacturers in New Zealand.

It is certainly “The Chief” when it comes to creating beautiful handcrafted jewellery.

They both pride themselves on the fact that their products are 100% manufactured in New Zealand. The Paua itself is a natural renewable resource entirely sustainable and of course is harvested from the pristine waters off the coast lines of “Clean – Green” New Zealand.

Ariki uses only the highest quality Paua shell which comes from the oldest Paua with the thickest shells. “We select the best colour shells and carve and work them into jewellery that shows the Paua in the best possible way. Each shell has a different colour range, which makes each piece of jewellery absolutely unique”.

Here’s to another 83 years in business Mum and Dad!

Click to see Maori themed items

Right time to get on the road!

Right time to get on the road and find out where some of our product goes to!
Our little pieces grace the shelves of stores all over the world and I would love one day to have the chance to visit some of these and see them for myself but in the meantime I have been fortunate enough to get out and about and visit some of our local retailers.

I travelled from Blenheim to Nelson on a stormy winters day around the winding hills draped in low cloud and misty drizzle but the view when I came to the top of the hill was well worth it.
The snow-capped mountains were mirrored in the dazzling blue sea and I found myself wondering if there was any Paua clinging to the rocky coastline.

The stores display our product beautifully, the pieces shine under the bright white lights and look absolutely stunning. The colours of the each shell piece changes when viewed from different angles

It is no wonder they are so popular with people from all over the world. I came away from the stores with a feeling of pride in our product, to know that all the care and attention that goes into producing the pieces pays off when you see them on display in stores.

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