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.

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

Changing of the seasons!

It is autumn here in New Zealand – heralded by the ever changing colours of the leaves on the trees and more especially here in Marlborough, on the grape vines. The annual harvest has been and gone, the vines have produced the best fruit they could before hibernating for the winter ready to do it all again in the next harvest season.

As I drive around our idyllic countryside I am reminded of the myriad of colours I see every day in our New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery. Not quite the same colours as the autumn trees but every bit as beautiful.

I am taking changing of the seasons as an opportunity to share with you my most favourite products of our extensive New Zealand Jewellery range – which also happen to be some of our best selling items all over the globe so obviously my impeccable taste is mirrored by our customers!
And of course I can’t resist showing you the latest photo of my grandson playing amongst the autumn leaves in our local park.

Grandson New Zealand

PE488/PE388 – Leaf Earrings

The perfect set of earrings for this time of year the Leaf Earrings remind me of the falling leaves on the beautiful autumn trees here in Marlborough New Zealand. I have always thought of this time of year as particularly stunning in New Zealand as the trees shed their leaves in hues of gold, brown, red and yellow leaves in preparation for winter and the Leaf Earrings would be the perfect New Zealand Jewellery Souvenir to savour the memory of this season.

Leaf Earrings PE488

GP747/PO747 – Dragonfly Brooch
PE497/PE397 – Dragonfly Earrings
GP572/PO572 Dragonfly Pendant

The benefit of the cooler weather means I can show case my range of brooch pins, especially my dragonfly brooch. I love to wear this brooch with my favourite scarves or have it adorn my warm hats. With its colourful graceful wings it seems to be just about to fly away off my clothing and the colours change and shimmer when seen at different angles.
Oh and how could I forget our Dragonfly earrings and Pendant?? The dragonfly’s exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body, showing itself in different colours depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it. – Just as the Paua Shell wings on our dragonfly earrings change and shimmer when seen at different angles.

To match my exquisite brooch I pair it with our Dragonfly Earrings and Dragonfly Pendant. As a set they complement each other perfectly and every time I wear them I am reminded of the magical insect that inspired these elegant designs. Dragonflies are some of the most colourful insects around, and come in a variety of different colours just like our unique Paua Shell.

The dragonfly has an agile flight and its ability to move in all six different directions gives it a sense of power and poise. The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. It exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body, showing itself in different colours depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it. – Just as the Paua Shell wings on our dragonfly jewellery change and shimmer when seen at different angles.

One of the most charming of flying insects, it is believed that the humble Dragonfly inspires spirituality and creativity they help us on our path of discovery and enlightenment. Reminding us that anything is possible. Having flown the earth for over 300 million years the Dragonfly symbolises our ability to overcome times of hardship, to take time to reconnect with our own strength courage and inspiration.

So if you are lucky enough to be visited by one of the 5,000 species of this insect, or you are drawn to purchase a Dragonfly Brooch, Dragonfly earrings or Dragonfly Pendant it may be a sign that it is time for you to stop and reflect on your own spirituality and inspiration.

Dragonfly Brooch Dragonfly Earrings PE497 Dragonfly Pendant GP572

GP716/PO716 – Butterfly Brooch – Large
GP749/PO749 – Butterfly Brooch – Small
GP811/PO811 – Butterfly Pendant
PE281/PE181 Butterfly Earrings

Just like my beloved dragonfly brooch, my butterfly brooch is just as captivating.

The butterfly reminds us of summer, freedom and happiness – nothing says this more than seeing a beautiful butterfly on a hot summer’s day fluttering carefree and effortlessly through the air. Wearing my beautiful butterfly Paua jewellery pieces gives me sense of these lazy hazy summer days. Especially important to remember when our cooler autumn days are upon us.

If you have ever stopped and watched a beautiful butterfly you will notice that they appear to dance as they flitter among the flowers. They remind us not to take things so seriously within our lives. These captivating insects awaken a sense of lightness and joy. They remind us to get up and move, for if you do not move, you cannot dance.
To me personally the butterfly symbolises transformation and joy. Its dance reflects the need for movement from where we are in our lives to our next phase of our journey. With their graceful agile flight they seem to urge us to approach life with grace and light-heartedness.

Butterflies also bring colour and joy with them. Just like our shimmering Paua Shell jewellery, butterflies come in a myriad of special and unique colours. Their bright vibrant techno colours show us the true beauty of nature and in turn the beauty of life if you live it to the fullest.

My Butterfly brooch, Butterfly pendant and Butterfly Earrings capture these qualities in a magical and unique way. The sleekness of the 22 carat gold or palladium plated jewellery panels give a lining to the iridescent colours of their delicate Paua Shell wings which shimmer and shine in the light like precious jewels when viewed at different angles.
The Butterfly range is another perfectly matched set of Paua Shell jewellery to wear on any occasion to remind me of the graceful fragile butterfly.

Butterfly Earrings PE281Butterfly Pendant GP811

GP791/PO791 – Peacock Brooch

Next on my ever expanding list of my favourite Paua Shell Jewellery is my Peacock Brooch – I have always thought of the unfolding of a Peacock’s tail feathers as being effortlessly beautiful and captivating – – as elegant as a ballet dancer telling a story of romance, sensuality and allure.

The peacock is a showy bird with its bright colours and beautiful tail feathers. The saying “proud as a peacock” certainly rings true as it struts around flashing those feathers to attract the females these majestic animals show off their exquisite plumage to all that are lucky enough to witness it. A sign that we too should embrace our true colours and approach life with the same confidence and pride.

The peacock loves to be noticed – he is gregarious and talkative – he sparkles and loves to be the centre of attention.
Peacock reminds us sometimes it’s totally okay to flaunt our stuff and show off our skills. This is particularly true in situations when we want to gain attention for our betterment. Peacock energy can remind us we are amazing, and we should fan out our assets to land the opportunities we are seeking.

To sight the vibrant iridescent blues and greens of a Peacock’s tail feathers is truly a beauty to behold.
We have replicated this natural beauty on our elegant Peacock brooch with a large etched Paua Shell panel of almost the exact same vibrant colours. The 22 carat gold or palladium plated panel frames the iridescent myriad of colours of the peacock feathers perfectly and the body of the peacock in the same precious metals stands with pride in the middle of the piece, showing the feathers behind as a perfect replica of this majestic bird.

Whenever I wear it I admit that it does instil a wonderful feeling of pride in our Paua Shell Jewellery range and of the small part I play in creating and selling the unique and special hand crafted quality Paua Shell jewellery to the world.


Click to view Paua 22ct Gold Plate

Jewelry Gifts from Ariki New Zealand


If you will spend Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversary or any special occasion with your loved ones, you may now be worried on what to give her a gift. Well, there are lots of choices in store for you and for your satisfaction. You can give her flowers, books, chocolates and a lot of things, so far.

Nevertheless, that very special gift a woman usually appreciates on her special occasion is jewelry. It is not just for the purpose of completing a getup. Each time that jewelry is worn, it will remind her of you as the giver. This is something that she can proudly show off to her classmates and friends.

Now, the main question is what kind of jewelry you think you can give to your girlfriend or wife? Where do you think is the best place to buy this? Worry no more since there is a better place to shop amazing and unique jewelry gifts with jewelry gifts from Ariki New Zealand.

Ariki is a NZ designer and manufacturer based in Blenheim. Ariki is the largest manufacture of jewelries in NZ that specializes in Paua shell jewelry, gift items and souvenir. They also have a wide selection of greenstone and black lipped mother of pearl jewelry products for women and men. These usually include bracelets, pendants, earrings, brooches, tiepins and bangles.

There are lots of jewelry gifts available at Ariki New Zealand. Prior to ordering one, you need to consider the taste of the receiver. What type of jewelry does she usually wear? Does she love wearing necklaces, earrings, rings or bracelets? Is her jewelry chunky and big? Is it delicate and thin? What type of colors and styles does she love to have? If you see her wearing blue quite often, it is a safe bet to buy her jewelry in those colors.

At Ariki New Zealand, you can find any types of jewelry gifts. You can also find a wide selection of the following:

  • Bracelets and bangles
  • Cufflinks and tie bars
  • Earrings
  • Indigenous products
  • Bbrooches
  • Jewellery
  • NZ jewellery
  • Necklaces
  • Religious jewelries
  • Rings
  • Sea life
  • Pendant

All of the parts needed in making Ariki jewelry gifts collection are sourced out from Ariki’s factory. But not like other jewelry manufacturer based in New Zealand, the NZ based company has employed skilled workers to make high quality products that are most deserved by the customers.

Ariki’s jewelries actually need extra care. Thus, never let them get exposed to perfumes, detergents as well as hair sprays. The substances coming from these products penetrate the lacquer and lead only to damage. It is also suggested to remove Ariki’s jewellery before participating in any activity.

If you look for the best and most unique jewelry gifts for the special occasion, look no further than jewelry gifts from Ariki New Zealand. Aside from being fashionable and unique, the selections are also reasonable and affordable. Call the company now for jewelry gifts or shop now!

Jade Brooches: Beautiful New Zealand Pounamu


For the people of New Zealand, the Greenstone or NZ Jade, popularly known as Pounamu, is beyond just a souvenir because it has a significant spiritual treasure. The beautiful New Zealand Pounamu can be found in different places in the West Coast. This stone has been prized for its beauty, durability and strength.
Historically, Pounamu was used by the Maori as personal ornaments, weapons and tools. It’s also a denotation of having a great status in the society. Nowadays, the beauty of Pounamu is still appreciated because these jade brooches can be found in several galleries and shops in the West Coast. Arahura River in the Jade Country is the birthplace of this beautiful Pounamu, in the north of Hokitika.

Guardian of Pounamu
According to the legend, Poutini is the guardian of the Pounamu. Poutini is also a Taniwha, a giant water-being who abducted Waitaiki, a beautiful Maori woman from the North Island. He took her to the south and to the Arahura River eventually. Tamaahua, the husband of Waitaiki gave them a chase. Poutini feared the determination and strength of Tamaahua but he wants Waitaiki for himself and that if he could not have her, no one should. He transformed Waitaiki into a Pounamu then rested her in the stony waters of the Arahura River. The fragments of Jade broke off and rolled down the river flowing to the seas are believed to be Waitaiki’s offspring.

Finding Pounamu on the Beach
For fossickers, you still have the chance to take home a Pounamu home. You can find pieces of Pounamu that were washed down by storm along the beach. The outer skin of jade brooches appears to be grey or milky and have a soapy texture. Sometimes, you can be lucky to find green pieces of Pounamu that are already smoothed due to natural processes. However, remember that Pounamu that are found somewhere else are not allowed to be taken. You can only be a fossicker on beaches.

Buying Pounamu
Pounamu are very strong jade brooches known for the beauty they possess. Local artisans and Maori were all drawn to the power of these jade brooches for many centuries and it’s now widely-used in the making of sculptures and jewelry. There are 5 main types of New Zealand Pounamu: Kahurangi, Kkopu, Inanga, Kawakawa and Tangiwai. All of these types have their own unique features and look.
One of the finest arts and crafts companies is Ariki New Zealand Greenstone Jewellery. The company works with the best Pounamu carvers and greenstone artists. All of Ariki’s artists share a common passion for jade brooches and are purely-driven to create beautiful carvings with the highest standards. They all work tirelessly to craft pieces of Pounamu carvings and greenstone jewelry that you can buy.

Ariki Greenstone Jewellery
Ariki New Zealand Greenstone Jewellery carves life into stone. Each of the pieces they created is hand-finished to ensure quality. Jade brooches have soft finishes, smooth lines, no cuts and no scratches. The products they sell are unique and personalized. If you want to buy your own New Zealand Pounamu greenstone, you can visit to find out more about the carvings, greenstones and sculptures available for purchase.

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