Love inspired jewellery

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As spring is full swing in our special piece of paradise it has reminded me to stop awhile amongst the hustle and bustle of my busy life and think about those things that I am most thankful for… The things I love.
I then thought it a perfect time to let you all know about some of our “Love inspired” items in our unique New Zealand Jewellery range. Here are some of my absolute favourites.

PE236/PE136 –Heart Dangle Earrings
PE214/PE114 – Heart Stud Earrings
JE214 – Heart Earrings – Jade
GP913/PO913 – Heart Ring
GP847/PO847 – Heart Pendant
GO447 – Heart Pendant – Jade
GP801/PO801 – Ornate Heart Pendant
GO801 – Ornate Heart Pendant – Jade
GP864/PO864 Heart Pendant in Circle
GP539/PO539 – Round in Heart Pendant
GB847/PB847 – Heart Bangle
SP28 – Heart Pendant – Sterling Silver

We’ve all seen and used the heart symbol many times in our lives. Whether you draw it in a card, text it to someone, or buy a cut-out in a store to give someone, the heart symbol is one of the most recognized symbols in the world.

It can mean so many different things to different people – but to me personally the heart is the focus of a person’s physical and spiritual being, and represents the “central wisdom of feeling as opposed to the head-wisdom of reason”
It is compassion and understanding, life-giving and complex. I see it as the ultimate symbol for love.

I purchased the Heart Dangle Earrings as a special and unique gift for my darling daughter’s birthday and she wears them very nearly every day. They remind us of that special bond we always have with each other.
I gave her the Paua Heart Ring as a special gift following the birth of my baby grandson. The beautiful Paua Shell heart on this elegant timeless piece of jewellery symbolises the unconditional love I have for my family.
I have often purchased other beautiful pieces of our unique Heart jewellery to give to family and dear friends to commemorate birthdays, Christmas or even just a token of my appreciation – the perfect way to say thank you to anyone is with jewellery! They are also perfect for bridesmaid’s jewellery.
New Zealand Paua is considered the rarest and most beautiful in the world and is loved by all that may wear it.
So no matter what the occasion – or whomever you wish to show love to I am sure that you will find the perfect piece of elegant timeless piece of Heart shaped jewellery from our New Zealand Jewellery range which will symbolise the love of many things – including those for whom we may purchase it.

Heart Pendant - Sterling Silver SP28

PE225/PE125 – Double Twist Earrings Paua Shell
GP884/PO884 – Double Twist Pendant Paua Shell
SP29 – Double Twist Pendant – Sterling Silver
SE10 – Double Twist Earrings – Sterling Silver
GO884 – Double Twist pendant – Jade
JE225 – Double Twist Earrings – Jade

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. I often purchase these Paua Earrings and Pendant as a set for my nearest and dearest as a meaningful gift especially those who may live far away from me.

The native people of New Zealand, The Maori translate the word ‘twist’ to ‘pikorua’ in their native language.
It is believed that its design comes from the piko piko fern whose fronds curl around one another in our native bush. To them it resembles the path of life and eternity. Traditionally they were a perfect gift among lovers, family, and friends and even in situations where a loved one has passed.
Our elegant unique New Zealand Jewellery twist design honours this tradition as it symbolises the bond between two people, whether founded in friendship, love or blood. It connects the spirits of friends, family and lovers, bringing them closer together across space and time. I am sure you agree that they certainly are a beautiful set of precious keepsakes.

Double Twist Pendant - Sterling Silver SP29

Reasons to clutch your Paua shells

A simple way to add glamour and lustre to one’s life is by wearing stone or shell jewellery that shines iridescently as you go about the business of the day. Walk into any jewellery store and the choices to make are countless- Should you select a pendant with ruby and diamond setting? Is a sterling silver bangle encrusted with emeralds the appropriate graduation present?

Discerning buyers know that the best place to find quality jewellery is where you can find genuinely natural items. Ariki’s website offers the region’s best Paua Shell and Nephrite Jade jewellery with multiple variations of designs and metals in everything from brooches, rings, earrings to necklaces and pendants.

While browsing Ariki’s collection it may seem like the native Paua Shell jewellery closely resembles Sea Opal and Pearl Jewellery, albeit with a distinctively sea-blue tint. Pearl or nacre, the lining that surrounds any parasite that enters a shell, is an iridescent inner lining that is also called the ‘pearly layer’. When the lining wraps itself around a parasite and hardens, its transformation from a foreign object that entered the mollusk’s shell into a brilliant, glowing pearl bead is now complete. Both pearl beads and paua shells belong to small group of organic materials that are highly-sought after for their use in adornment, including ivory, jet, amber and coral. The main difference between Pāua Shell jewellery and Pearl jewellery is that the sea snails that are the source of Pāua are scarce and must be harvested.

Large edible sea snails, called Pāua in New Zealand and Abalone in Australia as well as the United States, are the source of Paua Shells. The Paua Shell is a predominantly green or blue-coloured shell that shifts hues in natural lighting and is found deep underwater in the region surrounding South Island. Ariki’s master craftsmen have designed a variety of delicately assembled studs, hoops, tops and dangling Paua Shell earrings to suit every occasion. Paua Shell earrings and pendants are crafted in the highest quality sterling silver, palladium and gold plated metals.
As one of New Zealand’s top-most jewellery designers, Ariki Jewellery specialises in the use of ethically-sourced local stones and shells like Greenstone or Nephrite Jade and Paua Shell. Every piece of jewellery from Ariki’s is hand-crafted in the factory based out of Blenheim, New Zealand.

A unique gift to mark my daughter’s eighteenth birthday

It is a very special time of the year for me as I celebrate the birth of my precious daughter. I always love getting together with my family and friends at this time to celebrate her birthday and the fact that the days are getting longer and the first signs of spring are appearing. I always feel that this means new beginnings, and another step in her journey through life.
This year I thought I would purchase her a unique gift to mark her eighteenth and of course what better could I do than a piece of jewellery for her to treasure into her adult years?
I am in the perfect occupation to choose something uniquely special and certainly am spoiled for choice! Ariki New Zealand has an array of special uniquely New Zealand shell jewellery for any special occasion.
I thought I would share a few sterling silver jewellery pieces I have been contemplating for her gift.

SE10 Double Twist Earrings – 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 design also holds a circular cabochon nestled preciously within the bottom twist.


SE10 Double Twist Earrings - Sterling Silver

SE10 Double Twist Earrings – Sterling Silver


SE3 Globe Earrings – Sterling Silver
The myriad of colours on the Paua Shell cabochon mirror those of our globe as seen from far above in the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere. The spiralling lines of silver represent the process of growth and evolution. Conveying ideas of fertility, birth, death, expansion, and transformation. They are cycles of time, life, and the seasons we have on earth. These earrings when worn will honour your place on our globe.

SE3 Globe Earrings - Sterling Silver

SE3 Globe Earrings – Sterling Silver


SP17 Bouquet Pendant – Sterling Silver

Our fun filled sterling silver Bouquet pendant symbolises cherished times and carries special messages just like a bouquet of flowers given to those we hold most dear. It celebrates precious moments in our lives, celebrations, remembering loved ones, romance and the pure joy of receiving a beautiful bouquet.


SP17 Bouquet Pendant - Sterling Silver

SP17 Bouquet Pendant – Sterling Silver


SP13 Dreaming Pendant – Sterling Silver

The koru on this simple delicate sterling silver Dreaming pendant is known as a traditional native New Zealand Māori symbol representing new life, creation and fresh beginnings. Curving around the precious Paua Shell Cabochon, the koru reminds us that it’s never too late to start afresh, realise our dreams and pursue our greatest passions with the support of those around us.

SP13 Dreaming Pendant - Sterling Silver

SP13 Dreaming Pendant – Sterling Silver