Marlborough New Zealand Jewelry

Christmas Gifts: ideal for the New Zealand summer!

Marlborough New Zealand Jewelry

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

Hei Matau and Waves


Carrying on from my last blog – here are some more of my favourite precious New Zealand Jewellery in the Paua Shell and Jade “water inspired” range from my beloved Ariki New Zealand – a place at which I am very proud to say I play a small role.

PE233/PE133 – Hei matau Earrings

GP538/PO538 – Hei matau large Teardrop Pendant

The fishhook or Hei matau design on this beautiful set of jewellery symbolizes prosperity, abundance, good health, a respect for the sea, and the life in it. This stunning set are very dear to me as I too have much love and respect for the sea in the Marlborough sounds near my home.

In the tradition of the Maori people of New Zealand legend has it 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.

Their legends also say that the shape of Hawke Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish’s side on the beach. The Māori name for the North Island, Te Ika a Maui (“The fish of Maui”) reflects this legend.

For the Māori, the hei matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It represents not only their land, but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water. They also denote the importance of fishing to Māori, and their relationship to Tangaroa god of the sea.

Traditionally the wearer of a Hei-Matau was seen as being a provider and protector who was strong willed and determined to succeed in life.

However I wear my Hei Matau earrings and Pendant as a set not only to honour our place by the sea but also because of their unique handcrafted beauty.

GP504/PO504    Waves Pendant

GO504  Waves Pendant

SP7        Ocean Pendant – Sterling Silver

Paua Waves Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Nephrite Jade Waves Pendant - New Zealand Jewellery
Ocean Pendant - Sterling Silver SP7

My Waves and Sterling Silver Ocean pendants are just stunning and remind me that there is nothing as incredibly beautiful as the waves of an ocean breaking onto the shore signifying the unstoppable strength of nature.

I am lucky enough to live with this right on my “doorstep” and I often have the good fortune to spend time just sitting watching the mighty ocean as it meets the land on the beach outside of my home.

Not only is my view very interesting, but it is always very serene regardless of the weather, and incredibly beautiful.

I find the time I spend here contemplating the scenery and the waves to be both relaxing and rejuvenating as the energy of the sea surrounds me.

When the weather is warmer I love to swim in the ocean – feeling the gently waves caressing me gently as I cool down in the clear waters.

Whenever I wear my Waves pendant or my precious Sterling Silver Ocean pendant they serve as a beautiful unique reminder of these precious times in or near the ocean.

Paua Shell Jewellery Favourites – Vicky’s Blog

Paua Shell Jewellery

Focus on our Range. Highlighting Ariki Paua Shell Jewellery (or Paua Shell Jewelry).  

Sterling Silver Paua Shell Jewellery

“It is always an inspiring experience for me to looking through our wonderful range and I can’t help but share a few more key pieces of our exquisite Paua Shell jewellery with you.”


I thought it may be time to highlight the many and varied pieces of New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery we have in our range. I absolutely love choosing a unique and special piece to accessorise with my outfits each day. The iridescent colours of the Paua Shell Jewellery glisten and change as I turn them in my hands and face them to different light angles.

The shell also has the added advantage of taking on the colour of any piece of clothing I may wear it against.  This means that I can always get a piece to match any colour perfectly.

My most precious pieces to wear for special occasions are our Sterling Silver paua earrings and pendants.

These fine pieces of jewellery are designed with .925 Sterling Silver accents which further accentuate the myriad of colours in our unique Paua Shell Jewellery.

My absolute favourite piece is pictured below:

Hei Matau Maori Pendant

This impressive native New Zealand Māori Design of the Hei-Matau is a meaningful gift that delivers and expresses your wishes of safety and well-being to your loved ones. This eye-catching design symbolises these special relationships with its spiralling sterling silver interlinking with the striking Paua Shell cabochon signifying the joining of the two friendships.

Paua Brooches

What better way to show off an exquisite piece of jewellery than to pin one of our gorgeous brooches to a smart elegant black coat?

I recently had to attend a community event and as it is mid-winter here in New Zealand had to layer up against the coldness with a thick New Zealand merino wool coat.

Now as most people who know me realise I am not one who wears such drab colours, no I usually wear the colour of the rainbow – or for that matter the Paua Shell!

So to counter this step away from my norm I picked a particularly colourful iridescent Peacock Brooch. Our GP791 fitted the bill perfectly with its shimmering tail feathers fanning up behind the striking gold of the panel.

Peacock Brooche

The unfolding of a Peacock’s tail feathers is effortlessly beautiful and captivating – as elegant as a ballet dancer telling a story of romance, sensuality and allure. To sight the vibrant iridescent blues and greens of a Peacock’s tail feathers is truly a beauty to behold. We have replicated this beauty on our elegant Peacock brooch with a large etched Paua Shell panel of the same vibrant colours.

Blue Necklace

The Soft curve of the oval 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.

The intricate craftsmanship required to fashion such a gorgeous accessory is evident as the necklace shimmers against the wearer’s neck. The Blues, greens, pinks and purples glow in any light.

The ideal piece to wear with a scoop neck or low cut dress it is sure to receive many compliments.

This is one of several shell necklaces for women we have in our range but one which I am particularly fond of.

Paua Rings

As you will no doubt be aware now our jewellery comes in many different forms, and of course just like the Paua Shell itself many different colour ways. I am particularly drawn to the soft pinks and purples of the unique Paua shell but am equally enamoured of the deep blues and greens in other pieces.  My favourite ring is accentuates this by being the most beautiful deepest blue ring.

I wear this blue ring with pride as a symbol of the small part I have to play in the journey of our Paua Shell from the deepest seas off the coastlines of New Zealand to all the far reaching corners of the world. I love to share this story with everyone I meet who are drawn to the statement piece adorning my hand.

Wrap Around Ring

The ornately scalloped edge frames the round cabochon elegantly on our Paua Wrap Around Ring – the smooth sleek panel then extends to wrap around the finger gently creating a truly unique piece of jewellery. It is sure to become a forever treasured keepsake.

Paua Earrings

My morning ritual is never complete until I have put my jewellery on. Particularly my earrings – in fact I would feel naked without them! Luckily for me I work in the ideal industry. We have a range of sterling silver stud earrings as well as gold plated and palladium plated pieces.

So many unique styles and colour ranges to choose from mean that I have a different pair for everyday of the week. Of course I will always have my most favourite pairs but am able to change them to cater to any occasion.

There is sure to be something to capture your attention when you peruse our extensive range on our website

The ideal gift for someone who shines like the stars in the night and fills your life with light. Their eyes may sparkle like stars and you don’t want to take your eyes off of them.

Just like the diamonds in the sky these Star earrings sparkle and shine when worn.

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.
  • 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.
  • Circle The path of life with no end or no beginning.
  • Pikopiko Pikopiko is Māori for young curled shoots of ferns.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Maori Designs for Jewellery and Carving

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

Indeed, New Zealand jewellery is a precious memory to all people.

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