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Māori and the sea

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Not surprisingly, given that New Zealand is surrounded by sea, our native New Zealand people Māori have a strong affinity with the ocean.

Oral storytelling is a vital element in Māori culture, and the story of demi-god Māui fishing Aotearoa from the sea has been passed down through the generations. The North Island (Te Ika a Māui) was the fish Māui caught and became home to Māui, his family and all Māori. The South Island became the waka (canoe) of Māui through the legend and is known as Te Waka a Māui (the canoe of Māui). Stewart Island, located to the south of the South Island is known as Te Punga a Māui (Māui’s anchor). The tangata whenua (people of the land) of New Zealand have always been great fishers and have special provision to fish under customary fishing regulations. Kaimoana (seafood) caught under the customary fishing regulations cannot be traded or sold.

We have several pieces of unique fine New Zealand Jewellery which honour this connection with our heritage and our oceans but my personal favourite is the W47 Hei Matau Koru

Pounamu Greenstone Pendant

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Our stylised genuine New Zealand Greenstone pendant pays homage to this strong relationship as well as having the distinctive Koru shape which symbolises new beginnings and growth.
This unique and beautiful piece of genuine New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu as the Māori have named it, has been hand carved and then polished to a high shine finish and would most definitely be a prized treasure for anyone who may receive it.

Meanings Behind Maori Pendant Designs

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Broad strong strokes of paint on a scroll or rich blue-black ink patterns gleaming under the skin’s surface, Maori designs command attention in each and every form they take. Before the adoption of written word, Maori tribe’s people utilised materials like bone, wood, stone and jade.

A large number of the etchings represent aspects of the origin of mankind, how the animals came into existence and how sacred the relationship between nature and man is.

The deep respect that the Maori have for nature is evident in their preservation of classic tribal designs. The intricate swoops and spheres communicate ancient tribal tales dating back generations and are often worn in the form of pendants.

Ariki Jewellery uses Nephrite Jade and Paua for pendant designs, such as:

  • Koru or Spiral Design: The Koru or spiral design represents a fresh fern frond as it unfolds. As the frond unravels, the Maori believe it unleashes its purity out into the world. Growth, peace, tranquility and new beginnings are also associated with the Koru pendant design.
  • Circle Design: The Circle design invokes imagery of the Circle of Life, endless and without any defined beginning or end. The seamless movement of the planets and the stars above are represented by the circle etching. There is a mutual existence in which all beings, humans, plants and animals, share a sacred bond.
  • Twist Design: In Maori culture the twist represents the concept of eternity, with each twist portraying the various paths an individual takes in the pursuit of love and life. If one chooses to gift a friend or loved one with a single twist jade pendant, they are emphasising the deep eternal bond the duo shares in friendship, love and loyalty.

Other traditional representations of Maori culture a in jewellery design include the depiction of sea creatures like turtles, whales and dolphins.

As a New Zealand Jewellery firm, Ariki Jewellery specialises in the use of stones and shells like Greenstone or Nephrite Jade and Paua Shell.

Baby New Beginnings (Vicky’s Blog)

I have some very exciting news to share with you all…. I am about to become a grandmother for the very first time!!

My darling daughter is due to have my wee Grandson at the beginning of October this year. I know she will be the most devoted loving and caring mother to her wee boy and it has made me proud to watch her maturing into the beautiful young woman and mother she is becoming.

Baby Jewellery

This time in my life has me pondering on some items in our jewellery range which would be suitable for “pregnancy jewellery” or a treasured piece which may signify this exciting and life changing new beginning for our wee family.

SE3 – Globe Earrings – Sterling Silver

Baby Jewellery

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 globe earrings when worn will honour your place on our globe.

What better way to celebrate the new arrival of a precious baby boy onto our earth and continuing our family’s “place in the world” than to wear these earrings in his honour?

 

SP3 – Circle of Life Pendant – Sterling Silver

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Our exquisite Circle of life Pendant symbolises the path of life ever ongoing, with no beginnings and no end. The closed circle with a hole at the top represents the never ending journey of discovery and self-discovery for anyone who may wear it.
We are both going through different journeys on the way to the birth of this baby and beyond – my daughter during all of her beautiful blooming pregnancy and myself as I support her along the way to becoming a young first time mother.

 

ZGP14 – Koru Greenstone Jade – Freeform Pendant

Koru Pendant

In New Zealand Greenstone carving the koru is said to represent new beginnings, growth and re-generation. We know it symbolizes the fern frond seen in New Zealand’s native bush because of the native New Zealand people, the Māori, proverb that speaks of rebirth and growth: “Ka hinga atu he tete-kura – ka hara-mai he tete-kura”
“As one fern frond dies – one is born to take its place”.
The ideal piece of jewellery to honour this new phase in our lives. We will both be experiencing new beginnings…new starts and such a huge period of personal growth and maturity.

 

ZGP21 – Spiral Greenstone Jade – Freeform Pendant

The spiral shaped koru design of our Spiral Jade freeform pendant is derived from the unfolding silver fern frond. The circular movement towards an inner coil refers to ‘going back to the beginning’. Symbolic of new life, new beginnings, hope, perfection, rebirth, a new start, awakening, personal growth, purity, nurturing, a new phase (in life), the spirit of rejuvenation, and peace.
To me personally the shape of this piece also symbolises the support and protection of my daughter and her unborn child – the sleek lines of the greenstone cradle the smaller “frond” gently yet protectively. The ideal pregnancy jewellery piece.

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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