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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 Zealand Jewellery: A Precious Memory

In terms of sophisticated, vintage, stylistic and modern jewellery, every woman has her distinct signature style and favorite item. New Zealand is a country located between Antarctica to the south and Australia to the north. The country has a population of 5 million and they are famous on their stunning scenery and international sport division. Apart from this, New Zealand is also well-known for their Maori jewellery, Maori cravings, Maori culture and their indigenous people called Tangata Whenua.

Maori are popular in different parts of the world for their remarkable carvings which usually diverge from sculptures to jewellery. The Maori jewellery can also be carved from various sources but the most common are shell, wood, bone and jade. Once the jewellery piece is engraved, there is a unique meaning behind the chosen design and shape. Here, you will discover and learn the different meanings behind the commonly used Maori designs.

 

  • Hei MatauThis is also known as fish-hook. This design signifies prosperity. In the present time, it symbolizes good health, determination and strength. Aside from this, it offers safe adventure over water. This is one of the reasons why Hei Matau is a very popular piece of New Zealand jewellery for those people who are traveling overseas.
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  • Hei Tiki This jewellery piece of Maori is usually represents a good fortune charm that is being passed from one generation to another. It is considered as the talisman of Maori people and of New Zealand. The wearer of this Maori design expected to have character and strength.
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  • Circle The path of life with no end or no beginning.
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  • Pikopiko Pikopiko is Māori for young curled shoots of ferns.
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  • Triple or Double Twist This is recognized as the most famous Maori design. The single twist speaks of individual people, the triple and double twist refers to the joining of cultures or people for eternity through lows and highs. They stay bonded by loyalty and friendship for life.
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  • Single Twist This is also known as the joining of two individuals. Even if they move away, their life’s journey will have their respective paths meet again.
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  • Koru Based on the fern frond, this symbolizes the creation. It signifies peace, strength, growth and new life. The circle shape of this design helps to express the perpetual movement idea while the interior coil recommends reappearance to the original point.
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Maori Designs for Jewellery and Carving

  • Koropepe It is a symbol of new beginnings and youth, prosperity and abundance.
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  • Turtle It is the sea navigation symbol.
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  • Whale It symbolizes protection.
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  • Dolphin It also represents protection and the wearer has alike-mindedness with the sea.
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  • Heart This design usually indicated generosity, compassion, emotional balance and love.
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  • Drop It signified pride, unity, independence and strength. This design is also known as excellent comfort carving.
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Indeed, New Zealand jewellery is a precious memory to all people.

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A stingray, a playful dolphin and the amazing whale (Vicky’s Blog)

After the launch of our Manatee last week I decided to check out the other “sea life” we have within our range and was surprised at the number available so thought I would show you a few of them this week.

 
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The Stingray: The sleek majestic stingray fish can be found in the warmer tropical and sub-tropical waters around the world. The Paua shell on our Brooch, Pendant and earrings reflect the colours and the ripples of these beautiful waters.

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Dolphin: The Dolphin’s playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to play sometimes just for the sheer joy of it. They remind us to take some time out of our busy lives to experience life like a child does. Our sleek elegant piece of jewellery portraying two playful dolphins balancing a Paua Shell heart reminds the wearer of this freedom.

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Whale: Whales are one of the most amazing and elusive creatures known to roam the ocean and although they are the largest animal on earth they can also be the most gentlest especially when it comes to caring for their young. Our sweet wee Whale calf on our jewellery piece is shown swimming alongside its protective and caring mother.

 

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