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Paua Starfish Charm - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Charms: Nautilus Shell, Turtle and Penguin – Vicky’s Blog

As I mentioned in my last blog – we have just recently launched a range of charm bracelets and of course the unique thing about charm bracelets is that you can add your choice of special unique pieces to the bracelet, with that in mind we have also created a range of clip on charms to add to your collection.
These sweet charms are easy to attach and take off your bracelet as they come complete with a “lobster claw” clasp

GCH08/PCH08– NAUTILUS SHELL CHARM
A symbol of life, internal harmony, and the perfection of nature, the nautilus shell evokes a sense of mystery and awe. The chambers of the nautilus shell are symbolic of growth, evolution and renewal – the stages each individual passes through life. The spiral itself is a symbol of creation, movement, and fluidity. Our gorgeous nautilus shell charm captures these attributes perfectly and would make the perfect statement piece to give a serene sense of balance and well-being.

GCH10/PCH10 – TURTLE CHARM
Sea turtles have roamed the Earth’s oceans for the last 100 million years. But sea turtle populations are now on the decline. We have produced an elegant unique charm to immortalise these precious creatures of the sea.

GCH12/PCH12 – PENGUIN CHARM
The penguin captivates our attention and our imagination, they always seem to be so “elegantly dressed” in their wee “tuxedos and formal attire” as they strut confidently on land as well as being able to express its heart and joy swimming and diving effortlessly in the ocean. They are also an example of endearing love and commitment as they are known to mate for life – what better way to symbolise your love and commitment than to wear a beautiful Penguin Charm.

GCH13/PCH13 – STARFISH CHARM
Starfish are incredible creature of the deep sea and have been a maritime symbol for thousands of years. Just as stars do, the starfish can represent guidance and direction. How lucky you would be if you were strolling the shore and come across this beautiful creature, the wearer of our cute wee Starfish Charm, embellished with Paua shell in the colours of the sea, will be reminded of these attributes and their idyllic surroundings.

GCH14/PCH14 – LIGHTHOUSE CHARM
The cute wee Lighthouse Charm is inspired by those guardians of the sea standing vigil on coastlines all over the world keeping sea faring folk safe from disaster

GCH16/PCH16–ROCK SHELL CHARM
GCH17/PCH17– CONCH SHELL CHARM
GCH18/PCH18– QUEEN CONCH SHELL CHARM
Nothing is more relaxing than the time I spend wandering along the beach near my home and I love coming across a beautiful seashell. In fact in some island paradises it is known that the shells are so big that you can hold them up to your ear and hear the noise of the ocean rushing through them.
Seashells have a long history of magical uses, as they were associated with the powers of various sea gods and goddesses of different cultures.
Seashells come in every shape, colour and size. And while they make for beautiful pieces of Jewelry, art and conversation pieces, seashells have much more significance than you might think. It is said that every species of sea creature holds its own message, some perhaps a few.
We have created a trio of Seashell Charms to remind you of Island paradises, golden sand beaches bathed in sunlight and the idyllic magical feelings surrounding these places.

Charms Paua Shell
Picton Ferry

Picton

Picton Ferry

The nearest town to where I live is called Picton – it is the first port of call for anyone travelling to the South Island of New Zealand on our inter-island ferries.

Palm Tree Pendant – GP589/PO589

As you will see in the picture below the local foreshore is dotted with large palm trees and I wear my Palm Tree Pendant to remind me of this beautiful idyllic spot.
To me the Palm Tree pendant speaks of sunny skies and relaxing vacations. But I am sure that wherever you are in the world you may be lucky enough to have seen palm trees somewhere along your travels….I know that there are over 2000 native species that grow in various palm tree locations throughout the world. They thrive from the Caribbean to Asia; Africa to Australia, the United States to Canada. South and Central America, Mexico and the Middle East are also home to many varieties. Europe has quite a few more than you may think
The most popular kinds found in the Middle East and Africa are the date and oil producing varieties. The Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. You can’t picture a tropical beach to relax on without palm trees springing to mind.
Many cultures around the world use palms for several things. The trees shelter them. Feed them with fruit. Quench their thirst with water.
These trees play an important role supplying them with the some of the basic necessities of life.
So whenever I wear my Palm Tree Pendant I am reminded that our New Zealand Jewellery is sold to all the corners of the world and many people will have their own special significant memory of the majestic palm tree.

Nautilus Shell Pendant – GP588/PO588

A symbol of life, internal harmony, and the perfection of nature, the Nautilus Shell evokes a sense of mystery and awe. The chambers of the nautilus shell are symbolic of growth, evolution and renewal – the stages each individual passes through life. The spiral itself is a symbol of creation, movement, and fluidity. My gorgeous Nautilus Shell pendant captures these attributes perfectly and makes the perfect statement piece to give me a serene sense of balance and well-being.

The ancient Nautilus Shell is a symbol of proportional perfection. It is the most inspiring and energetic form known to human kind. It is also the perfect paradox – having survived relatively unchanged for millions of years, the Nautilus Shell is, oddly enough, a symbol for expansion and renewal as it grows increasingly larger chambers throughout its life. Its shape represents the golden mean number, known as PHI, in which the digits continue indefinitely without ever repeating themselves. PHI is found in all living forms, and when used in artwork and architecture, it renders the object beautiful to the human eye.

To me the Nautilus Shell reminds me of what I strive to achieve in my life ….balance, beauty, consistency and continual growth.
It also symbolises what it is that Ariki New Zealand Jewellery represents – we are a small jewellery manufacturer based in Marlborough New Zealand who produce unique beautiful quality jewellery and export it to all the corners of the globe… a remarkable achievement indeed.

Paua Nautilus Shell Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Cats Eye Earrings – PE244/PE144

I love to team my unique Cats Eye Earrings with my Nautilus Shell pendant.
The Cat’s eye shells which these gorgeous earrings are stylised on are fascinating as they actually are the protective lids or ‘doors’ of the common sea snail. When these snails withdraw into their shells, it is this very cat’s eye that encloses them. That’s why cat’s eyes are great symbols of safety, protection, new life and new season.

Cats Eyes Earrings PE144

Egret Pendant – GP889/PO889

Stylised on the Egret, a beautiful creature, exhibiting grace, and noble stature. My elegant Egret Pendant brings me the feeling of the peace and harmony of seeing the Egret on a twilight evening fishing in the shallow waters.
New Zealand’s Egret is known as the white heron or kotuku and is well-loved by the New Zealand people, but it is rarely seen except by those who specifically seek it out.
Its sole New Zealand breeding site near Okarito Lagoon in Westland is well-known and well-protected, but elsewhere it is ‘He kotuku rerenga tahi’ or the bird of single flight, implying something seen perhaps once in a lifetime.

It is revered by our native New Zealand people Māori for its elegant white feathers. This graceful bird has long, slender legs and a long, thin S-shaped neck, which has a distinct kink when flying.
When seen in close proximity it is a magnificent bird, with its large size and clean white plumage. White herons have never been recorded attempting to breed anywhere else in New Zealand and despite the risk of the entire population being in just one site they seem to thrive in this protected precious piece of paradise.

The adult Birds arrive at the breeding colony in August, where they build nests in trees and tree ferns up to 15 m high. Their eggs are laid in September-October and are incubated by both parents. The cute little Nestlings are fed by both parents.

Their leaving of the nest begins with short flights, followed by final departure about 64 days after hatching.
As a symbol of things both beautiful and rare, the kōtuku occupied an important place in Māori myth and folklore, and to compare a visitor to a kōtuku was a compliment of the highest order.
My Egret pendant is very special to me and I often receive compliments on its unique style and beauty whenever I wear it.

Egret Pendant GP889

The latest of our design process (Vicky’s Blog)

We have had two new additions to our range this week and I am so excited to announce their arrival!
It is always so exciting to see the “birth” of a new item. Right through from the time someone comes up with the new idea, the design process using drawings and then computer images, the production of a carved “master” which will be used to form a metal piece from which the rubber mould can be formed and the casting process is then used to produce the finished item ready to be plated.
Of course there may be changes along the way and refinements to the product before it can meet our exacting standards.
The latest of our design process has resulted in the Nautilus Shell and the Palm Tree.

GP588/ PO588 available in both 22 carat gold and Palladium plated.

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A symbol of life, internal harmony, and the perfection of nature, the nautilus shell evokes a sense of mystery and awe. The chambers of the nautilus shell are symbolic of growth, evolution and renewal – the stages each individual passes through life. The spiral itself is a symbol of creation, movement, and fluidity. Our gorgeous nautilus shell pendant captures these attributes perfectly and would make the perfect statement piece to give a serene sense of balance and well-being.

 

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GP589/PO589 available in both 22 carat gold and Palladium plated


Palm trees evoke pleasant memories of good times spent whiling away sun filled days and relaxing vacations on golden sandy beaches with their fronds bursting out of the top of the tall majestic trunks like the rays of the sun or an expansive fireworks display. Our stunning Palm tree pendant can be worn as a reminder of these idyllic times.

 

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