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Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL FROM ALL OF US HERE IN THE ARIKI FAMILY!

Maori: Meri Kirihimete
French: Joyeux Noël
German: Frohe Weinachten
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Italian: Buon Natale
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Romanian: Crăciun fericit
Polish: Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia
Swedish: God Jul
Czech: Veselé Vánoce
No matter which language you may use may use, my message to you all is the same for me!

Thank you for all of your support during the year – whether it be by liking our Facebook page, commenting on my blog, or purchasing our product it is very much appreciated.
I am very excited this year to be spending this special time with my family, including my grandson who is pictured below in his wee Christmas singlet. He is 14 months old now, running around everywhere, is still very cuddly and loving and truly a precious blessing to us all.

Christmas New Zealand

Our big news this year is that he is having a baby sister!!! My darling daughter is due to have a wee girl in early January 2019 so by the time I speak to you again I will be a grandmother for a second time and can’t wait to share photos of my wee princess.

So until then – I wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday season wherever you may be around the globe!

Meri Kirihimete.
Vicky. xxx

My Paua Shell Christmas tree has had an addition this year – a topping wreath constructed of even more Paua Shell and an extra special species of Paua called Queen Paua.
These creamy white Paua are another species native to the waters of New Zealand.
I have the tree covered in solar lights in blue and white this year and it truly is beautiful to see on our clear, warm summer nights.

Paua Shell Christmas Tree

Christmas Gifts: butterly jewellery, diamond and myriad pendants.

I can never limit myself to just a few pieces of our unique New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery – I love to tell you all about the special pieces and their meanings. They have actually taken on special unique meanings to me personally and to those for whom I purchase them – each piece captures a special moment in time – a memory perhaps, or a significant occasion. Some of these I will tell you about below:

PE181/PE281 – Butterfly Earrings
PO716/GP716 – Butterfly Brooch – Large

Butterfly earring new zealand

Butterflies remind us of summer, freedom and happiness – nothing says this more than seeing a beautiful butterfly on a hot summer’s day fluttering carefree and effortlessly through the air. Wearing our beautiful butterfly jewellery piece will give you a sense of these lazy hazy summer days.
But to me personally the butterfly also signifies the beginning of the New Year and signals a sense of transformation – a time to evaluate life in its current state and set goals for manifesting change. The butterfly symbolizes transformation and joy. Its dance reflects the need for movement from where we are to our next phase of being. A perfect gift for someone who is contemplating changes in their life.

PO800/GP800 – Diamond Pendant
PE100/PE200 – Diamond Earrings
SE12 – Diamond Earrings – Sterling Silver

Diamond Shaped Earrings

The Diamond, in its rarity and beauty, is a symbol of purity and innocence, of love and fidelity, and embraces strength of character, ethics, and faithfulness to oneself and others. We have stylised our gorgeous diamond shaped Paua Shell jewellery piece to embrace these characteristics.

Christmas and New Year are perfect times to honour those most precious people in your life and to give a token of your affection to show them your love, as a memento of your special relationships.

PO802/GP802 – Myriad Pendant

I have left the best until last – My most absolute favourite in our New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery Collection – this gorgeous large oval pendant showcases the myriad of iridescent colours of the Paua Shell or “sea opal” to perfection. It reminds me so much of the colours of gorgeous country of New Zealand and the Ocean surrounding our island nation.
I wear this beautiful piece of jewellery with pride for industry in which I am lucky enough to be a part of and to me it symbolises all that makes Ariki New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery precious and unique.

Myriad Pendant

Yin Yang Pendant – Paua Shell

Yin Yang Pendant GP576/PO576   

Yin / Yang: Two halves that together complete wholeness. Providing Balance.

Yin is characterised as slow, soft, yielding, and is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity, and night-time. Perfectly symbolised by our beautiful Paua Shell Cab with its crystal, iridescent colours of greens pinks, turquoise and blues.

Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime. Featured on our piece as the solid side the pendant also features traditional Aboriginal art work to symbolise these characteristics.

The yin yang meaning and symbol date back to ancient China. The symbol represents the belief that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary.

You can witness the perfection of yin and yang in nature. There is birth (spring), growth (summer), aging (fall), and death (winter). The cycle then begins anew with spring. This is nature’s cycle of existence in balance and harmony.

Other examples of yin yang:

Ocean tides: The tides are cyclical and rise and fall in a never-ending continuous motion. I witness these forces almost daily from the ocean which laps gently on the shore in the bay in which I live.

Day and night: The turning of the Earth generates the pattern of the rising sun and the setting sun. This generates day and night.

I wear this gorgeous elegant piece to restore my “balance”, realigning my spirit and ultimately making me feel calm, energised and alive just as I do when I am standing looking at the idyllic view of the ocean.

Water inspired jewellery

Water inspired jewelry

Teardrop Jewellery

As the snow from the mountain tops melt and the cold frosty mornings get fewer I’ve been contemplating our “water” inspired unique New Zealand Jewellery pieces in our range.

PE439/PE339 – Teardrop Earrings
PE486/PE386 – Teardrop Hoop Earrings
PE241/PE141 – Teardrop Swirl Dangle Earrings
GP874/PO874 – Teardrop Swirl Pendant
GP582/PO582 – Large Tear Drop Pendant

Teardrop Earrings PE439  Teardrop Swirl Pendant GP874

 

The Teardrop range of jewellery – to me personally Teardrop crystals symbolize the end of tears and beginning of joy and happiness. The beautiful Teardrop shaped cabochon in these elegant pieces of jeweller always brings me happiness whenever I wear them and I am often complimented on their beautiful colours.

In New Zealand history the Maori culture has historically been oral. This means they had no written language to pass on cultural heritage.

As a result carvings and other art forms flourished as a means to pass on ancestry, major historic events, beliefs, legends, and other cultural elements.

Traditionally the Maori people of New Zealand used one symbol that offered a particularly important message this was Roimata, or the drop stone. It is symbolic of the teardrop and a stylised version of the powerful Toki (the axe, representing strength, courage and leadership). The Roimata is often called the comfort stone, and was given as a way to show empathy, solidarity and shared emotion. Many people use the symbol of Roimata to convey reassurance and it was seen as a powerful healing symbol.
Today, the teardrop or Roimata symbol can be a way to acknowledge that life can be tough and when people we love experience difficult times and struggles, we can let them know that they are cared for. That when we may face adversity the teardrop Roimata can be a token to encourage us to hang on in there.

For the Maori people the Roimata is traditionally shaped as a longer teardrop but other shapes are also available and which have slightly different meanings.

Long Slender Drops (Kuru): Helps encourage knowledge, confidence and independence.
Short Drops: Strength, confidence, loyalty and pride.

So whichever shape of my unique Ariki New Zealand Paua Shell jewellery from the Teardrop range I wear reminds me of these attributes and I always feel immense pride whenever I am wearing these quality handcrafted precious items.

Raindrop Pendants

GP532/PO532 Raindrop Pendant
GP586/PO586 – Antique Raindrop Pendant
GP580/PO580 – Droplet Pendant
GP871/PO871 – Dew Drop Pendant

Raindrop Pendant PO532 Dew Drop Pendant PO871

The smooth sleek lines of our drop Pendants symbolises the life-giving raindrops or dew drops which keep our beautiful country so fresh green and fertile.

Rain is nourishment for the earth and is known as the water of life. Rain takes many forms and can be anything from a gentle sprinkling and light watering of the earth, up to a torrid downpour and possible flooding; life giving on one hand and potentially death dealing on the other. Rain is a very serious affair, especially wherever water is scarce and/or crops are growing. A wonderful, (surviving) example of this seriousness is the world famous Native American rain dances, created to induce rain. To many city dwellers (or non-farmers) rain is seen as more of an annoyance than anything else. As you can guess, the meaning of the raindrop changes depending on the scarcity and/or need of water/rainfall.

Our cute wee Dew drop pendant evokes memories of moonlit evenings, cool and clear after a warm sunny day in late summer- the grass covered in droplets glistening like silver in the moonlight giving the feeling that the earth is being cleansed and refreshed overnight.
But in winter time here in New Zealand these dew drops and rain drops may freeze turning them into snow and frost. Covering the land in white diamond like crystals which shimmer and sparkle on the cold crisp clear sunny days. Hanging suspended on grass leaves and bushes….they truly are remarkable and so beautiful to see.

Meri Kirihimete / Merry Christmas (Vicky’s Blog)

Merry Christmas (English)
Joyous Noël (French)
Frohe Weihnachten (German)
Zalig Kerstfeest or Zalig Kerstmis (both mean Merry Christmas), Vrolijk Kerstfeest (Cheerful Christmas) or Prettig Kerstfeest (Nice Christmas) (Dutch)
Buon Natale (Italian)
Meri Kirihimete (Maori New Zealand)

Whatever language you may use or in whatever country you may live I would like to take this time to wish you all a very joyous festive season and a Happy New Year.

Thank you one and all for following my blog over the last twelve months, it certainly has been a year of change and excitement for me with the arrival of my Grandson who has brought so much joy and love to our lives.
Here is his latest Christmas photo to show you just how adorable he is….it melts my heart every time he smiles!

 

New Zealand Jewelry

 

I love working for Ariki New Zealand Jewellery and being involved with such an awesome “family”
I continue to be inspired and enamoured with the beautiful Paua Shell whether it be used in Jewellery or decoration in my garden… I have even used some to make a Christmas tree this year and would like to share this with you.

Paua Christmas Tree

I’m now looking forward to a couple of week’s holidays spending time in our beautiful awe-inspiring Marlborough Sounds on sun soaked summers days, resting and relaxing with family and friends.
So until next year…… mihi ki aku hoa – farewell my friends