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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

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
Diamond Pendant

Hugs, Diamonds and Beloved

Diamond Pendant

Continuing on from my last blog – I would like to show you a few more of my absolute favourite pieces of Unique New Zealand Jewellery. I love working in this industry where I get to choose such special pieces of Paua Shell Jewellery to wear each and every day.

Diamond Earrings and Diamond Pendant

PE200/PE100  / GP800/PO800 

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.

Ariki New Zealand’s jewellery designers have perfectly stylised our gorgeous diamond shaped jewellery piece to embrace these characteristics.

The diamond symbol has long been valued for its immaculate beauty. Its physical appearance is associated with valuable attributes that are relevant to living a meaningful life, such as purity, clarity and wisdom.

And of course the Paua Shell cabochon in each and every pair of Diamond Earrings or Diamond Pendants are most definitely beautiful. The myriad of colours shimmer and shine in the light – just like a fine diamond.

Traditionally diamonds have been labelled a “girl’s best friend” and this set are absolutely one of my favourite jewellery “friends”

"Diamond" Earrings PE200
Diamond Pendant GP800

 

Beloved Pendant

GP899/PO899 

The simple definition of beloved is something that is very special, important, or valuable – esteemed as rare or precious.

My stunning Beloved pendant is certainly one that is of special importance to me.

Although I treasure each and every piece of unique New Zealand Paua Shell jewellery I wear. My beloved pendant is most definitely one of my most treasured. Wearing it reminds me of all that is most precious to me. My family, my friends, and the precious piece of paradise I call my home and my beautiful country of New Zealand.

Of course the Paua Shell which adorns this elegant pendant is esteemed around the globe for its unique beauty and point of difference.

The Paua is unique to New Zealand – and myself and my fellow “family members” here at Ariki New Zealand Limited are very proud to be able to showcase this precious shell to the world.

Hug Pendant

GP584/PO584

A hug given by a loved one is certainly something to be treasured forever. And another of my favourite pieces of unique Paua Shell jewellery, my Hug pendant symbolises these special moments in time.

The smooth sleek lines of the jewellery panel to me look very much like two arms encircling the Paua Shell Cabochon in a warm and loving hug.

Sometimes hugs can give us Goosebumps, sometimes they recharge our hearts. They can be given to us by those people who can heal our wounds with a gentle caress, accept life with infinite kindness, and decorate all the difficulties with their smiles.

Sometimes an embrace can, almost literally, rescue us from being lost at sea, put back together our broken parts, break our fears, soften our weaknesses, and create a work of art with the pieces of our heart.

One of the first human experiences in life for the new-born baby is lying in the arms of its mother nursing at her breast. Any child should receive many forms of parental touching during its growth, particularly embracing in the form of hugs, which become symbols for something positive: joy, security, and confidence.

To me there is nothing more special in the world than to feel the arms of my loved ones, my children or my grandson around my neck as they hug me tight.

I treasure these special moments in time just as I do my unique and special Hug Pendant.

Hug Pendant PO584

New Zealand Earrings

New Zealand Birds Jewelry

Obviously I have far too many favourite unique New Zealand Jewellery pieces to limit them to just a few blogs! So I will carry on this time with my next lot of stories as I expand to yet more unique and special pieces of my beloved Paua Shell Jewellery range. I gain my inspiration from the view above from my home.

Laurel Leaf Earrings

PE288/PE188 

Paua Laurel Leaf Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Laurel Leaf Pendant

GP551/PO551

Laurel Leaf Earrings PE188

The humble laurel leaf has long been associated with Creativity. Our designers used their own creativity when they created this beautiful laurel leave complete with its own “shadow” or mirror image behind and wearing these beautiful Laurel Leaf Earrings inspires my own creativity.

Laurel leaves are above all a symbol of eternal glory, of special achievement, success and triumph. It has long been a symbol of victory (Laurel wreaths were given to the winner in the Pythian Games).

In fact, being presented with a laurel crown represents victory (in Ancient Greece, wreaths of laurel leaves were used to crown winners of athletic competitions in the ancient Olympic Games).

The laurel is also seen as a symbol of peace: a victory that signals the end to a conflict or competition.

In ancient times Laurel leaves were commonly put under pillows at night to gain inspiration through dreams and its intoxicating properties are associated with prophetic and poetic inspiration.

Just looking at my unique and precious Laurel Leaf Earrings and Pendant reminds me of all the things… all these attributes… I hope to achieve.

Wings Earrings

PE434/PE334

Wings Earrings PE434

I am blessed in that I live near a beach in the Marlborough Sounds with lush New Zealand native bush surrounding my home. The birds in this bush are very abundant as they swoop and glide from tree to tree and are a truly a marvellous symphony to hear. My beautiful Wings Earrings remind me of these birds as I wear them, reminiscing of their song and invoking such peaceful feelings.

There several very special and unique birds which stand out amongst the rest in the lush green bush nearby.

One of which is the New Zealand Pigeon or Kererū as the Native New Zealand people, Maori have named this large bird with iridescent green and bronze feathers on its head and a smart white vest. I often hear the noisy beat of its wings, a very distinctive sound in our forests.

The other one which is my personal favourite is the Tūī – Tūī are unique to New Zealand and these attractive birds can often be heard singing their beautiful melodies before they are spotted. You will recognise them by their distinctive white tuft under their throat.

And lastly – the sweet wee Fantail/pīwakawaka Known for its friendly ‘cheet cheet’ call and energetic flying antics, the aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland. They often follow me around as I work in the gardens surrounding my home.

So no matter which bird I hear or see as I go about my day – I can take their influence with me as I wear my unique Wings Earrings.

Duncan [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The majestic Kererū

The songful Tūī

The cute wee pīwakawaka or Fantail

PE430/PE330 – Swoosh Earrings

Swoosh Earrings PE330

The design of Swoosh Earrings symbolises the rustling or swirling sound of something swooshing through the air…. Like a leaf twirling, twisting and turning in the breeze. Or the sound of the beach as it gently laps at the shoreline near my home.

I see the ocean as a living being – constantly moving and sometimes it almost seems to be “breathing” as the tides come and go.

I urge you all – if you are able – to stop and listen sometimes to the sounds of nature wherever in the world you may be. Maybe you too will hear a “Swoosh” – just like our Swoosh Earrings.

They are a perfect set when teamed with our Tulip pendant GP880/PO880

Paua Tulip Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Koala

Australian symbols: Koala and Kangaroo jewellery

Koala

I have recently had a pleasure of having my eldest sister visit from Australia (or “across the ditch” as we affectionately call it!) Her precious visit reminded me to tell you about our very special Australian inspired pieces of unique Paua Shell and Jade New Zealand Jewellery.

Kangaroo Brooch Jade–  GO608/JO608
Kangaroo Brooch Paua–  GP608/PO608

Kangaroo Pendant Paua – GP805/PO805
Kangaroo Pendant Jade– GO805/JO805

The Kangaroo is the national symbol of Australia, somewhere I love to visit for holidays in the sunshine and at this time of year when it is cold in New Zealand it is the perfect holiday destination with their warmer seasons and idyllic beaches.

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. An interesting fact however is that the Kangaroo cannot jump or walk backwards and it was for this reason that it is believed to have been chosen as the internationally recognised symbol for Australia
It is thought that the Kangaroo was chosen to represent the country’s progress because they are always moving forward and never move backwards.

The indigenous people of Australia are Aboriginals and the name kangaroo originates from the word Gangarru an Australian Aboriginal word.
In Aboriginal lore these people held the Kangaroo in a position of honour and respect not just because it was a source of food but in the observations of how the Kangaroo nurtured their young.
Female kangaroos sport a pouch on their belly to cradle baby kangaroos, called joeys. New-born joeys are tiny, about the size of a grape – cute! After birth, joeys travel unassisted through their mother’s thick fur to the comfort and safety of the pouch. At around 4 months, the youngster emerges from the pouch for short trips, and at ten months, it’s mature enough to leave the pouch for good.

The Kangaroo is therefore a great symbol for family, nurturing and protection.
Aboriginal history says that many “dream time” stories and paintings, present the Kangaroo as a spiritual warrior and worthy opponent. They state that one of the best qualities that you can learn from a kangaroo is their strong warrior energy. This is applicable not only to men, but to women as well.

Our beautiful pieces of Paua Shell and Jade jewellery may be worn with pride by both Australians and those who may have visited this beautiful country and seen this majestic animal for themselves.
I myself have purchased these beautiful pieces of unique handcrafted jewellery for many friends and family living in a country we class as being our “closest neighbour.”

GO608 – Kangaroo Brooch

Koala Pendant – GP578/PO578

Another well recognised animal in Australia is The Koala. This plump fuzzy marsupial lives predominately in Eastern Australia and can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping so you will often see them snuggled into the branches of the eucalyptus trees in which they live and feed on. They can also be visited and cuddled in any of the many zoos in Australia.

Time of birth

At the time of birth a Koala Joey has to travel into the front pouch of its mother, slowly but steadily traveling by itself with the help of its small limbs. It has a good sense of smell to identify its mother’s pouch.

A joey grows and develops in the pouch for about six months. Once strong enough, the youngster rides around on its mother’s back for a further six months, only using the pouch to feed. So to me the very popular Koala symbolises protecting and nurturing. They look after their tribe, showing keen interest in their society, and willing to help others in need.

Origin of the name

These magnificent mammals get their name from the indigenous people of Australia – the Aboriginal term meaning, ‘no drink’. It’s believed this is because koalas get almost all their moisture from the leaves they eat, and rarely drink water.

Our wee pendant captures the essence of these cute cuddly Koala holding a beautiful piece of Paua in their paws symbolising the greens, yellows and other colours of their native habitat and surroundings.

Koala Pendant
Teardrop Pendant

Water inspired jewellery

Teardrop Pendant

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

Paua Teardrop Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Paua Large Tear Drop Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

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

Paua Raindrop Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Paua Dew Drop Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

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.

Dolphins in New Zealand

Autumn has turned to winter in New Zealand

Winter in New Zealand

This week found me travelling to the West Coast of New Zealand and our autumn has now turned to winter. This photo showcases the snow-capped mountains reflecting in one of our many beautiful lakes and water ways.

I am always captivated by the ever changing landscape on my journeys around our majestic country.
Let me take this opportunity to carry on with the stories behind my very favourite unique New Zealand Jewellery pieces in our range of Paua Shell and Jade Jewellery.

Paua Dolphin Bangle - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Nephrite Jade Kissing Dolphin Pendant - New Zealand Jewellery
Paua Dolphin Brooch - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

With such a huge array of Dolphin jewellery available in our range I am never at a loss to choose something special and unique.
The Dolphin’s playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to play sometimes just for the sheer joy of it. They remind us to take some time out of our busy lives to experience life like a child does.

I often see Dolphins swimming joyously and feely in the waters surrounding our wee piece of New Zealand Paradise.
They frolic and play in the waters surrounding my home and are truly a magnificent sight to see.

They remind me to take time out and enjoy the benefits of living in such a beautiful part of the world. Wearing any of my beautiful Dolphin pendants, brooch and earrings take me back to these precious moments.

Dolphins are highly intelligent. They trust their instincts and intuition and live peacefully with other species, including humans. It isn’t uncommon for dolphins to swim and play around swimmers and boats. Their gentle natures remind us to look for the good in everyone and strive to bring peace to our lives.

Dolphins in New Zealand

Sailors have long believed that dolphins are a good omen. Dolphins have been known to assist drowning people and to chase sharks away from people in the water. In one notable case, a pod of whales was beached in New Zealand. People were fighting to keep them alive but the whales were disoriented. A nearby pod of dolphins came over and herded the whales back to sea, saving their lives. Due to this tendency, dolphins have a well-earned reputation as protectors. They teach us to not only save ourselves, but to protect others in need.
Dolphins live in large cooperative social groups. Healthy adults work to protect and feed injured ones, and the whole pod rallies around mothers and their calves to protect them from predators. They demonstrate a level of selflessness that shows that coming from a place of love makes it easy to work with others without sacrificing our own needs.
Interestingly there are over 30 different species of dolphins in the world – the largest of all dolphins being the Orca or killer whale. So if you are lucky enough to sight some of these joyous carefree creatures please take time to reflect on their many virtues or maybe a piece of unique Paua Shell Dolphin jewellery can serve as your very own reminder.

Paua Sea turtle Necklace - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

GP777/PO777 – Sea Turtle Brooch
GP547/PO547 – Sea Turtle Pendant
GP808/PO808 – Large Sea Turtle Pendant
PE201/PE101 – Sea Turtle Earrings Small
PE463/PE363 – Sea Turtle Earrings
GP502/PO502 – Sea Turtle Necklace

We have an awesome variety of Sea Turtle Jewellery in our unique New Zealand Jewellery range. So I am sure that whatever your preference you will be able to find something perfect for any special occasion.

Although turtles breed in the tropics and subtropics, there are five species of turtle that are seen in New Zealand waters. And I have been lucky enough to come across them during travels around our pristine coastlines. I wear my Sea Turtle pendant and earrings to remind me of these trips.
Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, Sea Turtles encourage us to take a break in our busy lives and look around.

Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.
The American continent is referred to as “Turtle Island” in the Native American folklore. It is said that the Turtle carried the weight of the land of that continent on her back.

The image of the Sea Turtle is also present in Hindu and Chinese cultures, where the turtle is the animal carrying Mother Earth and holding the world in balance.
Wearing a piece of our elegant Sea Turtle Jewellery may symbolise that you have an affinity with this ancient wisdom of the earth. You are naturally tuned into the elements, land, plants, people and animals. You carry your home on your back figuratively speaking and feel at ease wherever you are.
But for me personally because of their long lifespan, sea turtles often symbolize patience, wisdom, endurance, and good luck –virtues I definitely aspire to.