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Pounamu/Greenstone

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Pounamu is found in many places on the West Coast and is prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Used by the Māori for generations, it denotes great status. Its beauty is still well appreciated as it is found in many West Coast shops and galleries.

Please see my previous blogs regarding this precious Taonga or treasure and I am sure you will agree that it is surely something that would be treasured for a lifetime and beyond.

To me personally it is the quintessential symbol of the West Coast – the myriad of greens of the native rain forests – the swirling patterns of the cool clear rivers and the even coolness of the inclement climate experienced on “The Coast”.

Therefore the piece of Ariki New Zealand Jewellery which reminds me the most of my beloved West Coast is:

TRIPLE TWIST POLISHED PENDANT – POUNAMU GREENSTONE

“For Māori, the native New Zealand people this triple twist symbol is also an eternity symbol. The triple twist refers to the bond between peoples, communities, or cultures rather than individuals. Traditionally given as an offering of friendship between different tribes. The shape represents loyalty and friendship that stays strong through the many challenges of life. It is inspired by the symbols of life and growth.

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This unique and beautiful piece of genuine New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu as the Māori people 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.

Rotorua

Maori Paua Shell
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Rotorua, a town set on its namesake lake on New Zealand’s North Island, is renowned for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in, as well as showcasing our fascinating native New Zealand people the Māori culture.

Steeped in cultural history, Rotorua is the home of ‘Māoridom’ where you can experience all aspects of the amazing culture of our native New Zealand people. . Here my experiences have ranged from being fully immersed and mesmerised by cultural performances to eating a beautiful sumptuous hangi (traditional Māori meal) straight out of the steaming ground, there is always something to suit everyone

I am constantly amazed by famous geographical structures and buildings which have been in existence for hundreds of years.  And have enjoyed fast paced activities such as stunning informative walking tracks, to more relaxed spiritual journeys and cultural tours Rotorua has it all.

To honour this unique and spiritual city I have chosen a very unique and special piece of Ariki New Zealand Jewellery.

Triple Twist Greenstone Jade - Freeform Pendant - New Zealand Jewellery

The ZGP06 Triple Twist Greenstone Jade – Freeform Pendant for Māori, the native New Zealand people this triple twist symbol is also an eternity symbol. The triple twist refers to the bond between peoples, communities, or cultures rather than individuals. Traditionally given as an offering of friendship between different tribes. The shape represents loyalty and friendship that stays strong through the many challenges of life. It is inspired by the symbols of life and growth

Tane Mahuta

Tāne Mahuta: separator of heaven and earth

Tane Mahuta
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Tāne Mahuta, one of the oldest and largest trees in the world at 51m high and with a girth of 13.8 metres, stands in the great Waipoua kauri forest that is home to 75% of New Zealand’s mighty kauri trees.

Waipoua forest is in the Hokianga region on Northland’s west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
Its age is unknown but is estimated to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years. It is the largest kauri known to stand today and is named by the native New Zealand people the Māori god of forests and of birds, Tāne.

I have a special affinity with trees I see them as a beautiful living breathing element of our earth which provide so much for us.
And being up close to ‘The lord of the forest’, a sacred Māori site, is a powerful experience, you can’t help but feel moved – and incredibly small.

This unique and precious taonga or treasure is just so much like our beloved Paua Shell but one special piece of Ariki New Zealand jewellery in particular reminds me of all trees and Tāne Mahuta in particular.

Leaf Earrings

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.

Paua Leaf Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Māori and the sea

Maori Mural https://pixabay.com/photos/new-zealand-mural-maori-rock-water-583177/

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.

New Zealand – from Cape Rēinga to the Bluff

Since I wrote my blog on Marlborough to you a wee while ago I have had many requests for information about our beautiful country. So I thought I would tell you a little story about some of my most favourite places in New Zealand and the unique Ariki New Zealand Jewellery pieces inspired by this majestic country.

New Zealand – from Cape Rēinga to the Bluff
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Let me start with the very tip of the North Island of New Zealand, Cape Rēinga. Here, at the top of the country, you can witness a rare and powerful thing – the meeting of two bodies of water, the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The tides race each other in a display of awesome ocean strength as you stand on the bluff, buffeted by the inevitable breeze and wowed by the beauty of this spot.

Cape Rēinga

The native New Zealand people Māori believe that in mythology, their spirits travel to Cape Rēinga on a final journey to the afterlife. Therefore, Cape Rēinga is said to be the most sacred place in New Zealand.

I have felt a special energy and spiritual significance whenever I have visited this spectacular place just by standing in the buffeting wind gazing out into the frenetic ocean.
The piece of Ariki New Zealand Jewellery which reminds me of this special place whenever I wear it is:

Waves Pendant – GP504/PO504

There is nothing as incredibly beautiful as the waves of an ocean breaking onto the shore signifying the unstoppable strength of nature. Just like these waves this stunning piece of jewellery is rippling and curved in shape – showing beautiful lines that swirl around the gorgeous cabochon framing it perfectly.

Paua Waves Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery