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The legend of how the Paua got its shell

I was sitting at my desk today admiring a particularly beautiful piece of Ariki New Zealand jewellery – the colours of the cabochon shone and sparkled in the light as the beautiful autumn sunshine streamed through my office window, changing from blues and greens to pinks and purples as I turned jewellery piece to different angles. Movement makes the colours dance like sunlight on crystal clear water.
It reminded me of a most beautiful story I had recently come across which written by a New Zealand author and I just had to share it with you!
It tells the story of how our beloved Paua Shell came to have the most colourful and vibrant colours that we see in our jewellery today.

Tangaroa and the Paua

The myths and legends of New Zealand’s earliest inhabitants, the Māori tell us that once, in the days of old, Paua had no shell.
In Māori mythology, Tangaroa is one of the great gods, the god of the sea. He is a son of Ranginui and Papatūānuku, Sky and Earth.
Tangaroa, god of the sea, saw the difficulties that this created for Paua and decided to create something special for him. He said:
“I will take from my domain the coolest blues of the ocean. And ask of my brother Tane the freshest greens of the forest. From the dawn you shall have a tinge of violet. From the sunset a blush of pink. And overall there will be a shimmer of mother of pearl”.

With this, Tangaroa fashioned for Paua a wonderful coat that sparkled and dazzled with its beauty. But it was fragile and soon broken by those sea creatures who were envious of Paua’s new appearance. Tangaroa saw this, so he strengthened the shell with many layers of the coolest blues of the ocean, the freshest greens of the forest, the violet of the dawn and the pink of the sunset. Finally he added a camouflage coat to enable Paua to blend in with the drab greys and browns of the rocks. Tangaroa then charged Paua with the life-long task of adding layer upon delicate layer, each a different hue and blend.

So it was that Paua got his shell. He hugs the secret of his inner beauty to himself and only at the end of his life, when his empty shell washes ashore, is his artistry revealed.
To me this is the essence of our beautiful Ariki New Zealand Jewellery. A unique piece of New Zealand to be hugged close and treasured for over a lifetime.

The colours of the Paua Shell never cease to amaze me – each and every one is different and unique. Hand crafted by nature to show the most amazing and dazzling colours from our world into one precious creation.

And I am so proud of the fact we here at Ariki New Zealand take this creation and make it even more precious. Hand crafting each and every unique New Zealand jewellery piece to capture the Paua Shell beauty in its full glory and honouring Tangaroa the god who provided us with this treasure.

Paua Heart Charm - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Sweet charms: heart charms, kiwis and kangaroos – 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

GCH02/PCH02– HEART CHARM
The eternal symbol of love – The beautiful Paua Shell heart on our elegant timeless piece of jewellery symbolises the love of many things – including those for whom we may purchase it.
The Heart Charm may also symbolise the love you have for the memories and the journey that your bracelet is building as you add more and more charms to it.

GCH03/PCH03– TEARDROP CHARM
Teardrop crystals symbolize the end of tears and beginning of joy and happiness. The beautiful Teardrop shaped cabochon in this elegant charm is sure to bring joy to its wearer. With such a timeless simple design the Teardrop Charm is sure to add a highlight to your Charm Bracelet.

GCH11/PCH11– KIWI CHARM
The Kiwi is a native flightless bird unique to New Zealand – just as unique as our beautiful Paua.
It is widely known as an iconic symbol of our country as well as being the colloquial name fondly given to all New Zealanders. Our cute wee Kiwi jewellery piece symbolises our national pride and is truly treasured by all that wear it.
What a perfect way to honour this pride and memories of our beautiful country by wearing the cute wee Kiwi Charm on your bracelet.

GCH19/PCH19– KANGAROO CHARM
The kangaroo is a marsupial with large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. These animals native to Australia, are the unofficial symbol for the country. Our beautiful piece of jewellery may be worn with pride by both Australians and those who have visited this beautiful country and seen this majestic animal for themselves.

GCH09/PCH09– BOOMERANG CHARM
The Boomerang was originally used as a hunting tool by the Aboriginals – it is now however considered an Australian Icon. Traditionally they are known to always return to the point from which they were thrown. Our cute wee boomerang charm featuring a stunning piece of Paua shell is sure to be treasured and returned to wear many times by whoever purchases it.

Australian Charms
I love you jewelry

Christmas Gifts: words to say “I love you”

I love you jewelry

There are so many different ways to say “I love you” and to share the love. In fact, there are more words for “love” than there are languages in the world. For those who mean the most to us – our lovers, partners, soul mates, companion, and sweethearts – those for whom we hold dearest. Whatever title we choose to lavish upon them – We should tell these people all year round how much we love them – but what a perfect time of year to immortalise this love with a treasured piece of fine New Zealand Jewellery.

PO590/GP590 – Eternity Pendant
PE390/PE290 – Eternity Earrings

Traditionally the symbolic meaning of gifting an eternity ring related to eternal love. The eternity ring’s circular shape refers to a lasting love that will continue forever and is usually given to mark a special occasion or simply as a romantic gift. Eternity rings are a popular way of showing appreciation and devotion to another person.

Ariki New Zealand have created their very own set of eternity jewellery with this perfect matching set of pendant and earrings.

A sphere within a sphere our beautiful eternity symbol lends itself to the feeling of never ending time and motion as it curls around the precious Paua Shell cabochon. A truly timeless piece of jewellery which would make the perfect gift for any loved one.

Heart Pendant

PB847/GB847 – Heart Bangle
PO801/GP801 – Ornate Heart Pendant
PO864/GP864 – Heart Pendant in Circle
PE136/PE336 – Heart Dangle Earrings
PE214/PE114 – Heart Studs
PO913/GP913 – Heart Ring
SP28 – Heart Pendant – Sterling Silver

Heart Earrings

Historically magicians and alchemists would use heart symbols for incantations pertaining to matters related to love and romance. The symbol was also used in rituals with a goal to strengthen relationships.

Also an emblem of truth, the “Sacred Heart” of Christ is also the focus of Roman Catholic worship as a symbol of the Lord’s love. As a graphic representation of an inverted triangle, this symbolizes a vessel in which love is poured or carried.

The heart symbol has evolved over the centuries for today, the heart symbol best expresses LOVE on all levels. True enough today, the heart symbol is widely recognised not only as a symbol of love but of compassion, joy, and charity.

Ariki New Zealand creators of fine handcrafted New Zealand Jewellery have designed some exquisite pieces to honour this eternal symbol of love – The beautiful Paua Shell heart on our elegant timeless pieces of jewellery symbolises the love of many things – including those for whom we may purchase it.

New Zealand Paua is considered the rarest and most beautiful in the world and is loved by all that may wear it.

SP37 – Soul Mate Pendant – Sterling Silver

Throughout life you may find one person who is unlike any other, someone you can talk to for hours and never get bored, who will listen to you and never judge, they understand you like no other and will be there for you forever no matter what. This person is your soulmate, your best friend and you should never let them go. Our precious Soul mate pendant honours this unique relationship.

Soul Mate Pendant
Teardrop Pendant

Christmas Gifts: Hug, Twist and Teardrop Jewellery

Teardrop Pendant

Christmas time is also the ideal time in our lives to stop and take time out, to reflect on those people who are most important to us – our special relationships with Friends and family. Please let me show you a few of my most favourite pieces of Ariki New Zealand Paua Shell jewellery to give as perfect gifts to honour these relationships.

PO584/GP584 – Hug Pendant

What better time to remind someone that means a lot to you how you feel than Christmas? Our Hug Pendant would make the perfect gift. A hug given by a loved one is certainly something to be treasured forever and our Hug Pendant symbolises this special moment in time.

Hug Jewellery

PO885/GP885 – Oval Twist Pendant

Abalone Jewelry

The twist at the top of this gorgeous piece of fine jewellery is stylised on the unfurling fronds of a native fern bush – a symbol of new life unfolding. To me it also represents new beginnings – whether it be the birth of a child or the beginning of a new relationship. This would make a unique and precious gift for Christmas for that special someone in your life.

PE386/PE486 – Teardrop Hoop Earrings
PE339/PE439 – Teardrop Earrings
PE141/PE241 – Teardrop Swirl Dangle Earrings
PO874/GP874 – Teardrop Swirl Pendant
SE8 – Teardrop Hoop Earrings – Sterling Silver
SE5 – Teardrop Earrings Sterling Silver
SP15 – Teardrop Pendant – Sterling Silver

Teardrop crystals symbolize the end of tears and beginning of joy and happiness.
To the native people of New Zealand, The Maori a teardrop is called a Roimata, The Roimata is often called the comfort stone as traditionally the Roimata was given as a token of sympathy during times of sadness, and as a way to acknowledge someone’s loss and offer reassurance that they are not alone in their grief. Many people use the symbol of Roimata to convey reassurance and it is a powerful healing symbol also.
Today, Roimata 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. Roimata allows us to show that although we cannot walk the path for someone, we care and we can walk alongside them through their struggles. When we face adversity and seek to remind ourselves that the world and universe is perfect, despite (and often because of) our problems, Roimata can be a token to encourage us to hang on in there.
The beautiful Teardrop or Roimata shaped Paua Shell cabochons our creators place in these elegant pieces of fine New Zealand jewellery are sure to convey these emotions to anyone you may gift them to.

Real New Zealand Jewelry

PE125/PE225 – Double Twist Earrings
PO884/GP884 – Double Twist Pendant
SE10 – Double Twist Earrings – Sterling Silver
SP29 – Double Twist Pendant – Sterling Silver

A very strong and long lasting design, the double twist represents a spiritual merger of two people for eternity. Although the lives of loved ones will take different paths, they will always be connected, crossing each-other in life or death. It is a potent statement of loyalty, friendship and love. Our stunning designs also hold a circular cabochon nestled preciously within the bottom twist.

Twist Pendant

Treble clef pendant and fur Elise pendant: for the love of music

Music Jewelry

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
PLATO

classical Greek philosopher, mathematician (source)

My dearest precious Mother has been involved in the music industry for most of her 84 years of life. She has passed her passion onto thousands of people across these years by teaching music to students of all ages.

Her ability to play the piano so well that I can actually hear it sing never ceases to leave me in awe. Unfortunately her gift was not one which I managed to acquire. But she has instilled in myself and my seven siblings a love for all music.

For me, music is like my language to my soul and my spirit. Its ability to set any mood is unsurpassed. It’s pure magic.
Here at my Ariki New Zealand we have a small range of unique Paua Shell jewellery to pay homage to music and wearing any of these special pieces reminds me of my darling mother.

Fur Elise Pendant

GP835/PO835

Written by one of the greatest and most radical composers of all time for the love of his life. “Fur Elise” is world renown as one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular compositions.
The song was written for a lady called Therese (nicknamed Elise) that Beethoven wanted to marry in 1810 unfortunately it is a store of unrequited love as Therese did not want to marry him.
The piece of music, which was written for the piano, was not published until 1865, a long time after Beethoven’s death. It is one of the most well-known pieces of piano music in the world. Many of my mother’s aspiring pianists wanted to learn to play it.

I myself listen to it regularly in my car as I travel around our majestic countryside. The different tones can be bouncy uplifting, melodic – and lush to the senses. I especially like any version played on a piano as it reminds me so much of my mother’s talented ability to play this beautiful classical piece of music.
Our beautiful piece of fine jewellery immortalises this piece of music as well as honouring love everlasting.

Für Elise Pendant PO835

Treble Clef Pendant

GP891/PO891

Music is truly a gift to be shared. It can be soothing, uplifting, invigorating, exciting and in fact can bring about practically every emotion.
Wearing the cute wee treble clef pendant reminds me of my mother’s life’s work, her passion for music, and she is well known for passing this passion on through her teaching over the years as well as through her other “baby” The New Zealand Modern School of Music.
The NZ Modern School of Music was established by the late Allan Gardiner of Blenheim around 1952. After many years of playing classical music and travelling with his dance band, Allan Gardiner developed his method of modern piano playing.

He was asked to teach his method to local children and from this small beginning he became the principal of a private music training school that now has branches throughout New Zealand.
My mother purchased the school over forty years ago now and has since dedicated herself to ensuring thousands and thousands of pupils receive the very best tuition. NZ Modern School of Music has its own teaching material including modern style piano tuition books. These books are only available from NZ Modern School of Music through my mother, provided to teachers and are not available in music stores. Their teaching style is very creative and emphasis is put on improvisation and creative work.
At the age of 84 her ability to keep this business thriving never ceases to amaze me…. She is just awe inspiring and I am extremely proud.

Just as I am proud of the quality and workmanship of our unique New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery. Including our cute wee treble clef pendant symbolising the gift which can be a soundtrack to our lives.

Treble Clef Pendant PO891