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Marlborough New Zealand Jewelry

Christmas Gifts: ideal for the New Zealand summer!

Christmas and summer holidays this year for me will be spent relaxing in the Marlborough Sounds with family and friends. I am looking forward to spending time in this most beautiful part of the country and in my opinion the world!
I have a few special people who have offered their hospitality as well as their boat to take us all out into the water surrounding my home – and I thought that there is no better way to thank them for this hospitality that to gift them a unique and special piece of New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery – here are a few that remind me of these beautiful surroundings.

Dolphin Jewellery

PE332/PE432 – Dolphin Earrings
PO862/GP862 – Dolphin Pendant
PE370/PE470 – Dolphin Earrings with Heart
PB904/GB904 – Dolphin Bangle
PO556/GP556 – Dolphin Pendant with Ball
SP2 – Dolphin Pendant – Sterling Silver

I am lucky enough to live in Waikawa Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand and one of the highlights of those visiting the nearby Sounds is witnessing the graceful majestic Dolphins playing in the water.
The Dolphins playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to play sometimes just for the sheer joy of it, to take time out of our busy lives and experience life as a child does.
They are also very caring and nurturing creatures… to both their own and to humans who visit their home in the sea. Purchasing any one of our beautiful unique Dolphin jewellery for someone you hold near and dear would certainly be a gift they would treasure for a lifetime.

Dophin Earring

Fish Hook Pendant

Traditionally to our native people of New Zealand, The Maori, fish hooks were extremely important both culturally and as a method to gather food for their whanau or family. Maori Legend holds that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner, Maui, using only a woven line and a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother. The fish hook denotes the importance of fishing to the Maori people of New Zealand and their strong relationship to Tangaroa, the god of the sea.
Ariki New Zealand designers have created several unique and precious pieces of jewellery to honour this historical importance.

PO553/GP553 – Filigree Hook Pendant

The beautiful kowhaiwhai or scroll like patterns on this classic fish hook pendant are designed to represent the importance and significance of family, relationships and connections. The fish hook itself is believed to bring peace prosperity and good health. What better way to honour a special loved one than to wear this stunning piece of jewellery?

Filigree Hook Pendant

Hei Matau

PE133/PE233 – Hei matau Earrings
PO574/GP574 – Hei matau small teardrop Pendant
PO538/GP538 – Hei matau large teardrop Pendant
SP12 – Hei matau Sterling Silver Pendant

The fishhook or Hei matau design on these beautiful pieces of unique New Zealand Jewellery symbolizes prosperity, abundance, good health, a respect for the sea, and the life in it. Individuals wearing this symbol will personify the above traits and the gesture of gifting this stunning piece of jewellery will effectively be wishing these traits upon the recipient.

Hei Matau Pendant

Autumn has turned to winter in New Zealand

New Zealand Winter Jewelry

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.

Dolphin Bangle PB904 Kissing Dolphins Pendant (Jade) GO562 Dolphin Brooch GP733

 

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

Dolphins in New Zealand (Source: Pixabay.com)

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.

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.

Major Earthquake rocks our Island paradise – Vicky’s Blog

Shake rattle and roll….as we head into the first week of summer our wee oasis in the Pacific is reeling from the impact of a major earthquake which rocked our lands just after midnight on 14th November 2016 and the hundreds of aftershocks still being felt to this day.

Kaikoura district just a short couple of hours drive from our base here in Blenheim New Zealand bore the brunt of Mother Nature flexing her muscles.

She wrecked devastation as she stretched, fracturing lands, destroying homes, land, roads, railway lines and anything else which stood in her way.

The landscape has been forever changed as have people’s lives.

Even our humble Paua did not escape her fury.

Thousands of Paua along with Crayfish and other sea life have been left exposed after the seabed lifted by up to six metres (over 19 feet) in some places.

Wrenched from their natural habitat they will wither and die.

The numbers of Paua living in this quake ravaged area could take years to recover. Especially as it was these areas where the young and growing Paua flourished in the mineral rich ocean off the coast of Kaikoura.

Paua shown here exposed after the seabed rose from the ocean by several metres

(Paua shown here exposed after the seabed rose from the ocean by several metres)

I had been lucky enough to travel along this pristine windswept highway on the Friday preceding the earthquake. I was visiting some local stockists of our beautiful New Zealand jewellery. They were all in good spirits, looking forward to the booming summer tourist season ahead.

Expecting thousands to flock to this idyllic wee seaside town, to swim and to surf, to view the whales and dolphins, to sample the local seafood, Crayfish and Paua, but now our main state highway is blocked by huge landslides, the main railway line destroyed and major damage done to the harbour and marina.

The town is isolated for a while to come yet.

The tourists cannot come visit.

Huge landslides block our main highways

(Huge landslides block our main highways)

The main rail track through the South Island has been destroyed shaken off its path and thrown across the highway into the sea.

(The main rail track through the South Island has been destroyed shaken off its path and thrown across the highway into the sea.)

But as is our “Kiwi” New Zealander way our country will rally together to repair the damage, neighbour will help neighbour and the long slow recovery process will begin.

In the meantime the rest of our beautiful country will flourish in its usual carefree summer way and visitors will still get to sample some of our awesome scenery and wonderful hospitality.

New Zealand: a backdrop of snow covered mountains

It has been autumn going through to winter in our beautiful country and I have had the opportunity to trip around and visit some of the stores and experience some breath taking scenery along the way.

The trees make a spectacular display of reds, browns, golds and yellows with a backdrop of snow covered mountains and crisp clear blue/green lakes streams and rivers. The colours of our unique New Zealand shell, the Paua, are mirrored in the landscape.

But this made me think about the other places in the world our unique product travels to from our wee base here in Blenheim New Zealand.

We have stores all over the world who sell our jewellery and I was amazed when I first started out on this journey of discovery to find out just where it went to and love to “google” the locations to find out a bit more about these places.

Just this week we have exported to The Caribbean, The Bahamas, England, United States, Germany, France and The Maldives just to name a few.

It makes me so proud to know I play a small part in getting our wee “piece of New Zealand” to these far off lands and people get to enjoy our unique and beautiful product.

newzealandwinter

 

Unique to New Zealand’s environmentally pure coastal waters (Vicky’s Blog)

This week I have had the privilege of travelling around our pristine beautiful country – New Zealand and visiting some stores a little further from home.

It was mid-summer here in “The Land of the Great White Cloud” as New Zealand is affectionately known and I have experienced some perfect long hot summers days as I travelled around, and have had the opportunity to see some absolutely stunning breath-taking scenery.

The Paua Shell is unique to New Zealand’s environmentally pure coastal waters and its opalescent blues, rich greens, pastel pinks and purples mimic the colours of our land – from the most brilliant blue of the summer sky to the greens of the native bush covered hills, the pinks and purples of our sun rises and sun sets – the ripples of our pristine clear lakes and waterways the white of our glaciers – it is essentially the most beautiful shell that nature ever intended.

It is this country and this shell which has inspired our designers to create the most stunning classical pieces of jewellery. I feel truly proud to be a small part of this process as well as living in this remarkable country.

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