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Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL FROM ALL OF US HERE IN THE ARIKI FAMILY!

Maori: Meri Kirihimete
French: Joyeux Noël
German: Frohe Weinachten
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Italian: Buon Natale
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Romanian: Crăciun fericit
Polish: Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia
Swedish: God Jul
Czech: Veselé Vánoce
No matter which language you may use may use, my message to you all is the same for me!

Thank you for all of your support during the year – whether it be by liking our Facebook page, commenting on my blog, or purchasing our product it is very much appreciated.
I am very excited this year to be spending this special time with my family, including my grandson who is pictured below in his wee Christmas singlet. He is 14 months old now, running around everywhere, is still very cuddly and loving and truly a precious blessing to us all.

Christmas New Zealand

Our big news this year is that he is having a baby sister!!! My darling daughter is due to have a wee girl in early January 2019 so by the time I speak to you again I will be a grandmother for a second time and can’t wait to share photos of my wee princess.

So until then – I wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday season wherever you may be around the globe!

Meri Kirihimete.
Vicky. xxx

My Paua Shell Christmas tree has had an addition this year – a topping wreath constructed of even more Paua Shell and an extra special species of Paua called Queen Paua.
These creamy white Paua are another species native to the waters of New Zealand.
I have the tree covered in solar lights in blue and white this year and it truly is beautiful to see on our clear, warm summer nights.

Paua Shell Christmas Tree

I love you jewelry

Christmas Gifts: words to say “I love you”

There are so many different ways to say “I love you” and to share the love. In fact, there are more words for “love” than there are languages in the world. For those who mean the most to us – our lovers, partners, soul mates, companion, and sweethearts – those for whom we hold dearest. Whatever title we choose to lavish upon them – We should tell these people all year round how much we love them – but what a perfect time of year to immortalise this love with a treasured piece of fine New Zealand Jewellery.

 

PO590/GP590 – Eternity Pendant
PE390/PE290 – Eternity Earrings

Traditionally the symbolic meaning of gifting an eternity ring related to eternal love. The eternity ring’s circular shape refers to a lasting love that will continue forever and is usually given to mark a special occasion or simply as a romantic gift. Eternity rings are a popular way of showing appreciation and devotion to another person.

Ariki New Zealand have created their very own set of eternity jewellery with this perfect matching set of pendant and earrings.

A sphere within a sphere our beautiful eternity symbol lends itself to the feeling of never ending time and motion as it curls around the precious Paua Shell cabochon. A truly timeless piece of jewellery which would make the perfect gift for any loved one.

Heart Pendant

 

PB847/GB847 – Heart Bangle
PO801/GP801 – Ornate Heart Pendant
PO864/GP864 – Heart Pendant in Circle
PE136/PE336 – Heart Dangle Earrings
PE214/PE114 – Heart Studs
PO913/GP913 – Heart Ring
SP28 – Heart Pendant – Sterling Silver

Heart Earrings

Historically magicians and alchemists would use heart symbols for incantations pertaining to matters related to love and romance. The symbol was also used in rituals with a goal to strengthen relationships.

Also an emblem of truth, the “Sacred Heart” of Christ is also the focus of Roman Catholic worship as a symbol of the Lord’s love. As a graphic representation of an inverted triangle, this symbolizes a vessel in which love is poured or carried.

The heart symbol has evolved over the centuries for today, the heart symbol best expresses LOVE on all levels. True enough today, the heart symbol is widely recognised not only as a symbol of love but of compassion, joy, and charity.

Ariki New Zealand creators of fine handcrafted New Zealand Jewellery have designed some exquisite pieces to honour this eternal symbol of love – The beautiful Paua Shell heart on our elegant timeless pieces of jewellery symbolises the love of many things – including those for whom we may purchase it.

New Zealand Paua is considered the rarest and most beautiful in the world and is loved by all that may wear it.

SP37 – Soul Mate Pendant – Sterling Silver

Throughout life you may find one person who is unlike any other, someone you can talk to for hours and never get bored, who will listen to you and never judge, they understand you like no other and will be there for you forever no matter what. This person is your soulmate, your best friend and you should never let them go. Our precious Soul mate pendant honours this unique relationship.

Soul Mate Pendant

Marlborough New Zealand Jewelry

Christmas Gifts: ideal for the New Zealand summer!

Christmas and summer holidays this year for me will be spent relaxing in the Marlborough Sounds with family and friends. I am looking forward to spending time in this most beautiful part of the country and in my opinion the world!
I have a few special people who have offered their hospitality as well as their boat to take us all out into the water surrounding my home – and I thought that there is no better way to thank them for this hospitality that to gift them a unique and special piece of New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery – here are a few that remind me of these beautiful surroundings.

Dolphin Jewellery

PE332/PE432 – Dolphin Earrings
PO862/GP862 – Dolphin Pendant
PE370/PE470 – Dolphin Earrings with Heart
PB904/GB904 – Dolphin Bangle
PO556/GP556 – Dolphin Pendant with Ball
SP2 – Dolphin Pendant – Sterling Silver

I am lucky enough to live in Waikawa Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand and one of the highlights of those visiting the nearby Sounds is witnessing the graceful majestic Dolphins playing in the water.
The Dolphins playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to play sometimes just for the sheer joy of it, to take time out of our busy lives and experience life as a child does.
They are also very caring and nurturing creatures… to both their own and to humans who visit their home in the sea. Purchasing any one of our beautiful unique Dolphin jewellery for someone you hold near and dear would certainly be a gift they would treasure for a lifetime.

Dophin Earring

Fish Hook Pendant

Traditionally to our native people of New Zealand, The Maori, fish hooks were extremely important both culturally and as a method to gather food for their whanau or family. Maori Legend holds that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner, Maui, using only a woven line and a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother. The fish hook denotes the importance of fishing to the Maori people of New Zealand and their strong relationship to Tangaroa, the god of the sea.
Ariki New Zealand designers have created several unique and precious pieces of jewellery to honour this historical importance.

PO553/GP553 – Filigree Hook Pendant

The beautiful kowhaiwhai or scroll like patterns on this classic fish hook pendant are designed to represent the importance and significance of family, relationships and connections. The fish hook itself is believed to bring peace prosperity and good health. What better way to honour a special loved one than to wear this stunning piece of jewellery?

Filigree Hook Pendant

Hei Matau

PE133/PE233 – Hei matau Earrings
PO574/GP574 – Hei matau small teardrop Pendant
PO538/GP538 – Hei matau large teardrop Pendant
SP12 – Hei matau Sterling Silver Pendant

The fishhook or Hei matau design on these beautiful pieces of unique New Zealand Jewellery symbolizes prosperity, abundance, good health, a respect for the sea, and the life in it. Individuals wearing this symbol will personify the above traits and the gesture of gifting this stunning piece of jewellery will effectively be wishing these traits upon the recipient.

Hei Matau Pendant

New Year Gifts

Christmas Gifts: reflecting and finding balance for the New Year

Shapes – Shapes are found everywhere in our lives – and sometimes it is good to take time out to just stop and actually see them – to take notice of their lines and their meanings. Christmas holidays are the perfect time to stop and reflect on your year gone by and forward to the New Year ahead.

Yin Yang Pendant

PO576/GP576

One important thing I value in life is balance – the balance between work and rest, between family and friends and between busyness and relaxation.
Our Yin Yang Pendant is the perfect reminder of these factors.
On one side we have a stunning Paua Shell Cabochon with its crystal iridescent colours and on the other a solid panel embellished with patterns.
Christmas holidays are the perfect time to reflect and find this balance. Holidays spent with family and friends while enjoying the festive season are surely memories to be cherished. Just as this unique piece of New Zealand jewellery would be cherished by its wearer.

Yin Yang Pendant

Ovoids

PE135/PE235 – Ovoid Earrings
GP911/PO911 – Ovoid Ring
GP845/PO845 – Ovoid Pendant

The precious ovoid or egg shaped Paua Shell cabochon is nestled gently inside the elegant frame of these fine pieces of jewellery. Certainly a treasure to behold.
Curved shapes offer rhythm and movement, happiness, pleasure and generosity. They are seen as more feminine than sharp shapes and our perfect oval of the Ovoid is no exception.

 

Ovoid Pendant

 

Ovals

PE174/PE274 – Ornate Oval Earrings
PO834/GP834 – Plain Oval Pendant
PO950/GP950 – Scalloped Oval Bracelet

The soft curve of the oval Paua Shell 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 – including those special Christmas parties. The sleek curves of the double bands below add to this femininity.
To accessorise these beautiful earrings I team them up with the Plain Oval Pendant and the Scalloped Oval Bracelet – a perfect match of fine New Zealand Jewellery.

Scalloped Oval Bracelet

 

Rectangle

PB939/GB939 – Rectangle Bangle

Continuing with the shapes theme – Our Rectangle Bangle is a classical statement piece of jewellery – The rectangle shape of the Paua Shell Cabochon shows the beautiful colours of the shell in its full glory – a myriad of colours which change with the angle at which they are viewed.
This is a perfect statement piece for that special lady in your life.

Rectangle Bangle

Long Bar

PE124/PE224 – Long Bar Earrings

These beautiful stunning long bar earrings represent understated elegance and sophistication. The striking combination of smooth sleek lines and the beauty of the Paua Shell Cabochon combine to make a set of jewellery that can be worn with pride – the perfect accessory to our Rectangle Bangle.

Long Bar Earrings

Christmas Gifts to Friends and Family

Tis the season…. Well very nearly! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! It seems like only yesterday that I was talking to you about Christmas last year and here we are with it nearly upon us again!

It is at this time of the year that I begin to think about all the very special pieces of Ariki New Zealand Jewellery that are dear to my heart and most importantly those that I may give as gifts to my friends and family.

Let me share a few with you….and maybe give you a few ideas for the special people in your lives too.
I would like to begin with a few pieces our designers have created with nature themes in mind.

Leaf Earrings

PE388/PE488

I adore these wee earrings which remind me so much of the trees in the native bush surrounding my home. I think that trees with their whispering leaves are at the heart of Mother Nature…they remind us of all that is simple and pure in the world. Our beautiful Leaf jewellery symbolises this special bond we have with these trees. The perfect gift for the gardener or nature lover in your life.

Leaf Earrings

Laurel Leaf Earrings

PE188/PE288

The humble laurel leaf has long been associated with Creativity. Laurel leaves were commonly put under pillows at night to gain inspiration through dreams our designers used their own creativity when they created this beautiful laurel leave complete with its own “shadow” or mirror image behind. I plan to give these beautiful earrings to a very dear friend of mine who inspires regularly me with her imagination and creativity.

Paua Earrings

Fox Glove Flower Earrings

PE336/PE436

The foxglove flower is enchanting for its sheer beauty but traditionally it was thought to be a kind of magnet for fairies, lending itself to a magical air of mystery.
On a recent trip to the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand I was captivated by the thousands of Foxglove Flowers growing on the side of the highway. They certainly reminded me of our Beautiful Paua Shell Earrings.
The Paua Shell cabochons on our Fox Glove Earrings are a myriad of colours just as the real flowers are and they shine and sparkle when viewed at different angles – adding their own touch of magic.

Fox Glove Flower Earrings

 

Chrysalis Pendant

PO583/GP583

This year was a challenging time for one of my darling sisters as her husband of over 40 years passed away – but I have seen her go from strength to strength as she learns a new way of life without her soul mate by her side. To honour these inspirational changes I plan to gift her our gorgeous Chrysalis Pendant.
Just as the caterpillar is protectively encased in its Chrysalis before immerging as a stunningly beautiful butterfly the Paua Shell cabochon on our Chrysalis pendant is nestled within the sleek smooth curves of the surrounding panel. This reminds the wearer of a stage in their life where they feel they need to rest and recuperate before blossoming into a life filled with new possibilities.

Chrysalis Pendant