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Love Jewelry

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 and 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

GP899/PO899 – Beloved Pendant
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.

GP584/PO584 – Hug Pendant
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.

Jewellery for Weddings and Anniversaries: Eternity – Earrings and Pendants

ETERNITY

Wedding Jewellery

One of the benefits of being in the Paua Shell jewellery industry is that I am never without exquisite unique pieces.
I never leave the house without jewellery in fact I almost feel naked without it.

Eternity Earrings – Paua – PE490/PE390
Eternity Pendant – Paua GP590/PO590
Eternity Earrings – Jade – JE490
Eternity Pendant – Jade – GO590

Eternity Earrings PE490

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 cabochon. A truly timeless piece of New Zealand jewellery, I always wear these Eternity Earrings and Eternity Pendant with the perfectly matched Koru Stud Earrings Paua PE489/PE389 or JE489 Koru Stud Earrings Jade as a perfect set.
Eternity means “time without end, or infinity,” like people who promise to love one another for eternity — they aren’t planning to ever split up.
Eternity jewellery pieces are given to the loved ones of those who wish to provide their sweetheart with a token of just how loved and appreciated they are. As such, these pieces are typically reserved for occasions and moments in a couple’s life that are marked with particular love.
These can include engagements, wedding days, the day a child is born, anniversaries, Valentine’s Days, adversities that were successfully overcome together, and the day the couple buys their first house.

Eternity Earrings (Jade) JE490
Eternity Pendant (Jade) GO590

The meaning that each couple gives to eternity jewellery makes the jewellery even more special and will ensure that the woman will treasure the symbol for the rest of her lifetime.
Not only will be the jewellery be treasured for itself, but the personal meaning behind the gift will ensure that the person to whom it is given will remember it with all the more love.
As such, these fine unique pieces of jewellery will remain a part of the giver and recipient’s family as a beloved heirloom.
Our precious and unique New Zealand Jewellery lend themselves ideally to the perfect piece of Eternity Jewellery for the special loved ones in our lives.

Circle shaped Paua Shell Jewellery

Circles

CIRCLES

Another shape or symbol which features predominately in our unique New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery range is the circle or round shape.

To me the circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, and timelessness.

As the sun, it is masculine power; as the soul and as encircling waters, it has a feminine maternal nature. It implies an idea of movement, and symbolizes the cycle of time, the planets’ journey around the sun (the circle of the zodiac), and the great rhythm of the universe.

To the native people of New Zealand – the Maori – a Circle or Porowhita represents the never ending circle of life and nature.
The closed circle is said to represent the circle of life which is has no beginning or end, is seamless and of which we are all a part. It also tells of the stars and planets which are part of the circle of life and contain the knowledge of our origins.
It is often used to enclose other elements such as the Koru, linking love and new life or new beginnings with the circle of life.

For an artist the circle represents the relationship or oneness between the artist and his craft, bringing together head, hand and heart.
Just as our elegant timeless pieces of Paua Shell Jewellery are handcrafted by our staff artists to perfection in every way.

Large Double Round Bangle GB102/PB102

I find this piece a more of a “special occasion” piece. Its understated elegance completes any special outfit. I recently attended a wedding and was rapt to see that this piece had been chosen for the bridesmaid’s jewellery. Certainly a special memory and a piece of jewellery for them to treasure always.

Small Round Ring – GP912/PO912 

I see my Small Round ring as having great meaning – Circles have no beginning or end. They represent the eternal whole and in every culture represent the sun, the earth, the moon, the universe, and other celestial objects between – Our elegant round ring reminds me of the clear night skies we experience at this time of the year – with the moon shining brightly in the crisp night air.

Wrap Around Ring – GP941/PO941

Probably the most versatile and beautiful of our range is the Wrap around Ring. The ornately scalloped edge frames the slightly rounded cabochon elegantly on our Wrap around Ring – the smooth sleek panel then extends to wrap around the finger gently creating a truly unique piece of jewellery. It has become a forever treasured keepsake.

Round Stud Earrings – PE213/PE113
Antique Round Earrings – PE251/PE151 

These simply elegant Round shaped earrings are another of my “go to” every day pair of Paua Shell Earrings. The advantage of having two pierce holes in each ear means that I can where the small Round Stud earrings in the top hole and the gorgeous Antique styled Round Earrings in the bottom hole. They also go perfectly with my Small Round Ring (GP912/PO912) as a Set which showcases the unique New Zealand Paua Shell Jewellery perfectly.

Antique Round Earrings PE251
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
Fox Gloves

Flowers

As you may have been able to glean from my blogs I have a special admiration and connection with the nature which surrounds me here in New Zealand. And it is this awe-inspiring environment which inspires my love of pieces of unique jewellery which relate to flowers in our Paua Shell and Jade Jewellery range.

Fox Gloves

Fox Glove Earrings – PE436/PE336

On a recent trip around the countryside I came across this beautiful fox glove flower plant – definitely an odd sight at this time of the year as they usually flower most in summer time.
But it reminded me of our delicate wee Fox Glove Earrings. The foxglove is indigenous to continental Europe and Britain. Their scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease with which these flowers can be fitted over a human fingertip.

It has distinctive long purple flowering spikes that has escaped from the garden environment to naturalise in New Zealand. Its habitats include poor pastures, scrub and forest margins, stony riverbeds, roadsides and track sides. The foxglove is one of the most common naturalised species in the wetter parts of New Zealand.

To me the cute fox glove flowers conjure up images of fairy’s and goblins playing amongst and sheltering under the beautiful petals from the rain….but then I might just be a little more childlike at heart than most adults!?

Either way I hope you agree that our sweet Fox Glove Paua Shell earrings are just as pretty as their namesake.

Paua Fox Glove Flower Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Tulip Pendant – GP880/PO880

Springtime is hopefully just around the corner in our patch of paradise which is evident by the multitude of colourful flowers popping their heads through the cool frosty soil. One being the beautiful Tulip. I wear my tulip pendant as a symbol of the new beginnings springtime may bring.
Tulips more usually rise up in the early summer to produce cup-shaped blossoms in all the colours of the rainbow.
Whether you’ve fallen in love with Tulips after strolling through thousands of acres in the Netherlands or a trip to the corner floral shop, you can honour the world’s third most popular flower with our unique piece of New Zealand Jewellery.
Unlike some other blooms, the Tulip’s meaning changes greatly depending on its colour. For example:
Yellow is the colour of unrequited or spurned love. Sending a yellow Tulip to someone means you love them, but they may not return your feelings. Bright red is the colour of passion and perfect love. Purple is tied to royalty, but also abundance and prosperity. Pink is less intense affection and love, and also offers a more appropriate choice for friends and family.
However the benefit of our elegant Tulip pendant in our Paua Shell Jewellery range is that it comes in a myriad of facetted colours to create special meaning to anyone who may wear it.

Paua Tulip Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Crocus Earrings – PE277/PE177
Crocus Pendant – GP803/PO803

With the emergence of springtime the crocus flower is one of the very first to bloom, It is no wonder it has a reputation as a symbol of cheerfulness and glee as it brings the landscape alive with colour after a long winter.

My cheerful bright Crocus Paua Shell jewellery pieces remind me of these wonderful feelings.
This flower is a perfect gift for someone who needs a bit of energy and positive vibes in their life. This beautiful flower is also a symbol of the happy days of childhood and walking around forests discovering them alongside the pathways. With their bright and playful colours they are the perfect flowers for backyards and gardens and will be sure to bring some positive energy and joy.
Gifting someone this flower is said to be a symbol of being glad you met this person or seeing this person. If you do decide to gift someone this gentle flower, your gesture is going to tell more to that person than anything you can say or do.

The three different colours of the Crocus flower are, purple which represents success, pride and dignity, is also a symbol of royalty and nobility. White Crocus flower is a symbol of purity, truth and innocence. And the yellow Crocus flower is a symbol of cheerfulness and joy. It is a beautiful piece of decoration in your home or a beautiful gift for someone who needs a little bit of happiness in their life.

To me the message behind the Crocus flower is that we should always look on the brighter side of life and to never forget the importance of positive thinking and positive attitude. The gorgeous colours of the Paua Shell in our unique Crocus jewellery are just as uplifting.

Paua Crocus Earrings - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery
Paua Crocus Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Flower petal Pendant –  GP549/PO549

Yet another reminder of the beautiful spring flowers showing their cheering wee faces after the cooler winter months my Flower Petal Pendant is a beautifully designed elegant piece of Paua Shell Jewellery.