Christian jewellery gifts: small cross pendants and large cross necklaces

Christian Jewelry

As child I was raised by my parents as a Roman Catholic, I went to Catholic Primary School and attended my local church regularly. So the symbol of a cross always had precious significance in all my early teachings and as I grew up I learned that this symbol had major religious and spiritual significance around the globe.

At Ariki New Zealand Limited we have a range of beautiful and elegant cross inspired jewellery pieces to suit any occasion.

PE421/PE321      Small Cross Earrings
GP813/PO813 – Large Cross Pendant – Paua
GP821/PO821 – Small Cross Pendant – Paua
GO413  Large Cross Pendant – Jade
GO421  Small Cross Pendant – Jade
SP27      Large Cross Pendant – Sterling Silver

The cross, found in many cultures and religions of the world, is an ancient human symbol that has become closely connected with the religion of Christianity, where it is associated with the crucifixion of Jesus.

The most famous and widespread Christian symbol, it is found wherever there is a Christian presence. In Roman times, the cross was an instrument of torture and public humiliation, and criminals were put to death on crosses.

For Christians, the cross has become a symbol not only of Jesus’ death, but also of his resurrection. While the cross has been around long before the advent of Christianity, the Easter story (that is, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ) has made the cross one of the most recognized icons in the world. The cross symbolizes sacrifice, suffering, repentance, solidarity, and exclusion. These are only a few ways to interpret the cross. Every Christian applies their own significance to this perennial symbol.

The cross is often shown in different shapes and sizes, and in many different styles. It may be used in personal Jewellery, or used on top of church buildings. In Roman Catholic countries, crosses are often erected on the peaks of prominent mountains, so as to be visible over the entire surrounding area. Roman Catholic and High Anglican depictions of the cross are often crucifixes in order to emphasize Jesus’ sacrifice.

Crosses are a prominent feature of Christian cemeteries, either carved on gravestones or as sculpted stelas. Similarly, the insertion of small crosses is sometimes used in countries of Christian culture to mark the site of fatal accidents, or to protest alleged deaths.

The Cross means many things to many people. Some have it displayed on their mantel, others wear it around their neck.

So whatever special significance the Cross has to you I am absolutely sure that you will be able to choose a unique and precious piece of New Zealand Jewellery from our range to honour this significance.

Large Cross Pendant GP813
Small Cross Pendant (Jade) GO421
Large Cross Pendant - Sterling Silver SP27

New Zealand souvenirs: carry your Aotearoa memory with you

CARRY NEW ZEALAND WITH YOU – With just a day left in New Zealand, you come to the sudden realisation that your work trip has come to an end and you have yet to buy authentic New Zealand souvenirs. It is highly likely that a “My friend went to New Zealand and just got me this” mug will find its way to the recycling bin and a wooden keychain will be forgotten in minute’s time.
Bring back the best of New Zealand from your trip- the fragrances, the flavours and the memories. Delicious Manuka honey and decadent gourmet chocolate from Auckland will take care of the fragrance and the flavours. Your cherished memories will be preserved in stunning jewellery from Ariki. Ariki’s exclusive line of jewellery encapsulates the beauty of Kiwi culture without fitting into the cliche of touristy gifts.

Ariki, which means ‘The Chief’ in Maori language, is one of New Zealand’s leading jewellery manufacturers. Ariki jewellery is crafted from the purest metals and is fitted with only locally-sourced stones and shells. Each piece of Ariki jewellery is hand-crafted, from start to finish, in New Zealand – a true representation of Kiwi craftsmanship and artistic abilities. Try as they may, craftsmen from around the globe have been unable to match the beauty of original Paua shell jewellery fashioned in Ariki’s workshop. A blue-coloured shell that shifts hues in natural lighting, the Paua Shell is found deep underwater in the region surrounding South Island. Ariki’s master craftsmen have designed a variety of stunning studs, hoops, tops and dangling Paua Shell earrings to suit every occasion. Paua Shell earrings and pendants are crafted in the highest quality sterling silver, palladium and gold plating metals. While only Paua Shell pendants and earrings are being offered in sterling silver at this time, palladium and gold plating jewellery with Paua Shell is available as follows:

Silver Fern souvenir

One of Ariki’s most popular souvenir brooches is the Kiwi Brooch, an homage to New Zealand’s native flightless bird, which is set with an exquisite piece of Paua Shell. For those who would like to keep the memories close to their heart, Ariki’s Silver Fern Pendant is a certain pick. The silver fern represents all that New Zealand stands for – loyalty, dedication and success.
No trip to New Zealand can be complete without selecting an exclusive piece of Nephrite Jade jewellery for a loved one. Carry the wonderment of New Zealand’s roaring rivers and soft rolling hills with you as they echo through in the rings, earrings, pendants and more designed in Nephrite Jade.

A unique gift to mark my daughter’s eighteenth birthday

It is a very special time of the year for me as I celebrate the birth of my precious daughter. I always love getting together with my family and friends at this time to celebrate her birthday and the fact that the days are getting longer and the first signs of spring are appearing. I always feel that this means new beginnings, and another step in her journey through life.
This year I thought I would purchase her a unique gift to mark her eighteenth and of course what better could I do than a piece of jewellery for her to treasure into her adult years?
I am in the perfect occupation to choose something uniquely special and certainly am spoiled for choice! Ariki New Zealand has an array of special uniquely New Zealand shell jewellery for any special occasion.
I thought I would share a few sterling silver jewellery pieces I have been contemplating for her gift.

SE10 Double Twist Earrings – Sterling Silver

A very strong and long lasting design, the double twist represents a spiritual merger of two people for eternity. Although the lives of loved ones will take different paths, they will always be connected, crossing each-other in life or death. It is a potent statement of loyalty, friendship and love. Our stunning design also holds a circular cabochon nestled preciously within the bottom twist.


SE10 Double Twist Earrings - Sterling Silver

SE10 Double Twist Earrings – Sterling Silver


SE3 Globe Earrings – Sterling Silver
The myriad of colours on the Paua Shell cabochon mirror those of our globe as seen from far above in the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere. The spiralling lines of silver represent the process of growth and evolution. Conveying ideas of fertility, birth, death, expansion, and transformation. They are cycles of time, life, and the seasons we have on earth. These earrings when worn will honour your place on our globe.

SE3 Globe Earrings - Sterling Silver

SE3 Globe Earrings – Sterling Silver


SP17 Bouquet Pendant – Sterling Silver

Our fun filled sterling silver Bouquet pendant symbolises cherished times and carries special messages just like a bouquet of flowers given to those we hold most dear. It celebrates precious moments in our lives, celebrations, remembering loved ones, romance and the pure joy of receiving a beautiful bouquet.


SP17 Bouquet Pendant - Sterling Silver

SP17 Bouquet Pendant – Sterling Silver


SP13 Dreaming Pendant – Sterling Silver

The koru on this simple delicate sterling silver Dreaming pendant is known as a traditional native New Zealand Māori symbol representing new life, creation and fresh beginnings. Curving around the precious Paua Shell Cabochon, the koru reminds us that it’s never too late to start afresh, realise our dreams and pursue our greatest passions with the support of those around us.

SP13 Dreaming Pendant - Sterling Silver

SP13 Dreaming Pendant – Sterling Silver


Dutch giftshop Breda area

In Ulvenhout, near Breda, you will encouter a unique gift shop. This shop offers Riverdale, souvenirs, baby gifts and a selection of Ariki jewellery.

Address details

De Ulvenhoutse Cadeaushop
Dorpstraat 82
4851 CN Ulvenhout
The Netherlands