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Sweet charms: heart charms, kiwis and kangaroos – Vicky’s Blog

As I mentioned in my last blog – we have just recently launched a range of charm bracelets and of course the unique thing about charm bracelets is that you can add your choice of special unique pieces to the bracelet, with that in mind we have also created a range of clip on charms to add to your collection.
These sweet charms are easy to attach and take off your bracelet as they come complete with a “lobster claw” clasp

GCH02/PCH02– HEART CHARM
The eternal symbol of love – The beautiful Paua Shell heart on our elegant timeless piece of jewellery symbolises the love of many things – including those for whom we may purchase it.
The Heart Charm may also symbolise the love you have for the memories and the journey that your bracelet is building as you add more and more charms to it.

GCH03/PCH03– TEARDROP CHARM
Teardrop crystals symbolize the end of tears and beginning of joy and happiness. The beautiful Teardrop shaped cabochon in this elegant charm is sure to bring joy to its wearer. With such a timeless simple design the Teardrop Charm is sure to add a highlight to your Charm Bracelet.

GCH11/PCH11– KIWI CHARM
The Kiwi is a native flightless bird unique to New Zealand – just as unique as our beautiful Paua.
It is widely known as an iconic symbol of our country as well as being the colloquial name fondly given to all New Zealanders. Our cute wee Kiwi jewellery piece symbolises our national pride and is truly treasured by all that wear it.
What a perfect way to honour this pride and memories of our beautiful country by wearing the cute wee Kiwi Charm on your bracelet.

GCH19/PCH19– KANGAROO CHARM
The kangaroo is a marsupial with large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. These animals native to Australia, are the unofficial symbol for the country. Our beautiful piece of jewellery may be worn with pride by both Australians and those who have visited this beautiful country and seen this majestic animal for themselves.

GCH09/PCH09– BOOMERANG CHARM
The Boomerang was originally used as a hunting tool by the Aboriginals – it is now however considered an Australian Icon. Traditionally they are known to always return to the point from which they were thrown. Our cute wee boomerang charm featuring a stunning piece of Paua shell is sure to be treasured and returned to wear many times by whoever purchases it.

Australian Charms

Australian souvenirs and icons: boomerang and oblong

Australia Cairns Boomerang.jpg

Australian Aboriginal Boomerangs (source: Wikipedia)

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Boomerang Pendant

In this final “series” I would love to give you a couple more examples of special unique pieces of Paua Shell Jewellery. Handmade and lovingly crafted here in New Zealand.

Boomerang Pendant 

GP853/PO853

Visitors to Australia cannot miss the sight of a boomerang, the colourfully painted angled throwing stick you spot in every gift shop but you may not know that the boomerang has a very deep significance. — Especially to Indigenous Australians, the Aboriginals.
The boomerang represents their 60,000-year links to Australia, because they’ve been used for as long as Indigenous nations have thrived on the Australian continent.

 

Aboriginal Mythology

Boomerangs play a key role in Aboriginal mythology, known as The Dreaming — mythical characters are said to have shaped the hills and valleys and rivers of the landscape by throwing the sticks around in the hunt.

The boomerang was primarily a weapon for hunting and fighting, but may have been used for many purposes. Some of these include making fire, stoking coals, levering bark off trees, and digging, clearing areas of ground, cutting cooked meat, and scraping and smoothing other tools. They were also used in many parts of Australia in traditional games, dances or rituals.

Boomerang as a gift

The boomerang’s ability to return has made it a favourite symbol for the tourism and transport industries.
Australian military emblems have featured the boomerang, as have gifts and memorabilia associated with visiting royals and other celebrities.

Boomerang Pendant GP853

Both uses express the wish that the recipient or wearer might return ‘like the boomerang’.
Our cute wee boomerang pendant featuring a stunning piece of Paua shell is sure to be treasured and returned to wear many times by whoever may purchase it.

Oblong Pendant

Oblong Pendant PO577

GP577/PO577

Our statement piece the Oblong stylises traditional Aboriginal art work of these indigenous Australian people.
Aboriginal art is part of the oldest continuous living culture in world history, with Australian Aborigines having settled on the Australian continent somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 years ago. Evidence of Aboriginal culture is found in the rock art, which so far has been dated back at least 20,000 years, while archaeology has dated ancient campsites back to 50,000 to 65,000 years.

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” or food, hunting and ancestors through Aboriginal Art to help tell the stories of their history and culture.
The artwork on our beautiful Oblong 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.

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/

Australian symbols: Koala and Kangaroo jewellery

 

I have recently had a pleasure of having my eldest sister visit from Australia (or “across the ditch” as we affectionately call it!) Her precious visit reminded me to tell you about our very special Australian inspired pieces of unique Paua Shell and Jade New Zealand Jewellery.

Kangaroo Brooch Jade–  GO608/JO608
Kangaroo Brooch Paua–  GP608/PO608

Kangaroo Pendant Paua – GP805/PO805
Kangaroo Pendant Jade– GO805/JO805

The Kangaroo is the national symbol of Australia, somewhere I love to visit for holidays in the sunshine and at this time of year when it is cold in New Zealand it is the perfect holiday destination with their warmer seasons and idyllic beaches.

Kangaroo

The kangaroo is a marsupial with large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. An interesting fact however is that the Kangaroo cannot jump or walk backwards and it was for this reason that it is believed to have been chosen as the internationally recognised symbol for Australia
It is thought that the Kangaroo was chosen to represent the country’s progress because they are always moving forward and never move backwards.

The indigenous people of Australia are Aboriginals and the name kangaroo originates from the word Gangarru an Australian Aboriginal word.
In Aboriginal lore these people held the Kangaroo in a position of honour and respect not just because it was a source of food but in the observations of how the Kangaroo nurtured their young.
Female kangaroos sport a pouch on their belly to cradle baby kangaroos, called joeys. New-born joeys are tiny, about the size of a grape – cute! After birth, joeys travel unassisted through their mother’s thick fur to the comfort and safety of the pouch. At around 4 months, the youngster emerges from the pouch for short trips, and at ten months, it’s mature enough to leave the pouch for good.

The Kangaroo is therefore a great symbol for family, nurturing and protection.
Aboriginal history says that many “dream time” stories and paintings, present the Kangaroo as a spiritual warrior and worthy opponent. They state that one of the best qualities that you can learn from a kangaroo is their strong warrior energy. This is applicable not only to men, but to women as well.

Our beautiful pieces of Paua Shell and Jade jewellery may be worn with pride by both Australians and those who may have visited this beautiful country and seen this majestic animal for themselves.
I myself have purchased these beautiful pieces of unique handcrafted jewellery for many friends and family living in a country we class as being our “closest neighbour.”

 

GO608 – Kangaroo Brooch

Koala Pendant – GP578/PO578

 

Another well recognised animal in Australia is The Koala. This plump fuzzy marsupial lives predominately in Eastern Australia and can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping so you will often see them snuggled into the branches of the eucalyptus trees in which they live and feed on. They can also be visited and cuddled in any of the many zoos in Australia.

Time of birth

At the time of birth a Koala Joey has to travel into the front pouch of its mother, slowly but steadily traveling by itself with the help of its small limbs. It has a good sense of smell to identify its mother’s pouch.

A joey grows and develops in the pouch for about six months. Once strong enough, the youngster rides around on its mother’s back for a further six months, only using the pouch to feed. So to me the very popular Koala symbolises protecting and nurturing. They look after their tribe, showing keen interest in their society, and willing to help others in need.

Origin of the name

These magnificent mammals get their name from the indigenous people of Australia – the Aboriginal term meaning, ‘no drink’. It’s believed this is because koalas get almost all their moisture from the leaves they eat, and rarely drink water.

Our wee pendant captures the essence of these cute cuddly Koala holding a beautiful piece of Paua in their paws symbolising the greens, yellows and other colours of their native habitat and surroundings.

Koala Pendant PO578