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Charms: Nautilus Shell, Turtle and Penguin – 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

GCH08/PCH08– NAUTILUS SHELL CHARM
A symbol of life, internal harmony, and the perfection of nature, the nautilus shell evokes a sense of mystery and awe. The chambers of the nautilus shell are symbolic of growth, evolution and renewal – the stages each individual passes through life. The spiral itself is a symbol of creation, movement, and fluidity. Our gorgeous nautilus shell charm captures these attributes perfectly and would make the perfect statement piece to give a serene sense of balance and well-being.

GCH10/PCH10 – TURTLE CHARM
Sea turtles have roamed the Earth’s oceans for the last 100 million years. But sea turtle populations are now on the decline. We have produced an elegant unique charm to immortalise these precious creatures of the sea.

GCH12/PCH12 – PENGUIN CHARM
The penguin captivates our attention and our imagination, they always seem to be so “elegantly dressed” in their wee “tuxedos and formal attire” as they strut confidently on land as well as being able to express its heart and joy swimming and diving effortlessly in the ocean. They are also an example of endearing love and commitment as they are known to mate for life – what better way to symbolise your love and commitment than to wear a beautiful Penguin Charm.

GCH13/PCH13 – STARFISH CHARM
Starfish are incredible creature of the deep sea and have been a maritime symbol for thousands of years. Just as stars do, the starfish can represent guidance and direction. How lucky you would be if you were strolling the shore and come across this beautiful creature, the wearer of our cute wee Starfish Charm, embellished with Paua shell in the colours of the sea, will be reminded of these attributes and their idyllic surroundings.

GCH14/PCH14 – LIGHTHOUSE CHARM
The cute wee Lighthouse Charm is inspired by those guardians of the sea standing vigil on coastlines all over the world keeping sea faring folk safe from disaster

GCH16/PCH16–ROCK SHELL CHARM
GCH17/PCH17– CONCH SHELL CHARM
GCH18/PCH18– QUEEN CONCH SHELL CHARM
Nothing is more relaxing than the time I spend wandering along the beach near my home and I love coming across a beautiful seashell. In fact in some island paradises it is known that the shells are so big that you can hold them up to your ear and hear the noise of the ocean rushing through them.
Seashells have a long history of magical uses, as they were associated with the powers of various sea gods and goddesses of different cultures.
Seashells come in every shape, colour and size. And while they make for beautiful pieces of Jewelry, art and conversation pieces, seashells have much more significance than you might think. It is said that every species of sea creature holds its own message, some perhaps a few.
We have created a trio of Seashell Charms to remind you of Island paradises, golden sand beaches bathed in sunlight and the idyllic magical feelings surrounding these places.

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New Zealand Jewellery: A Precious Memory

In terms of sophisticated, vintage, stylistic and modern jewellery, every woman has her distinct signature style and favorite item. New Zealand is a country located between Antarctica to the south and Australia to the north. The country has a population of 5 million and they are famous on their stunning scenery and international sport division. Apart from this, New Zealand is also well-known for their Maori jewellery, Maori cravings, Maori culture and their indigenous people called Tangata Whenua.

Maori are popular in different parts of the world for their remarkable carvings which usually diverge from sculptures to jewellery. The Maori jewellery can also be carved from various sources but the most common are shell, wood, bone and jade. Once the jewellery piece is engraved, there is a unique meaning behind the chosen design and shape. Here, you will discover and learn the different meanings behind the commonly used Maori designs.

 

  • Hei MatauThis is also known as fish-hook. This design signifies prosperity. In the present time, it symbolizes good health, determination and strength. Aside from this, it offers safe adventure over water. This is one of the reasons why Hei Matau is a very popular piece of New Zealand jewellery for those people who are traveling overseas.
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  • Hei Tiki This jewellery piece of Maori is usually represents a good fortune charm that is being passed from one generation to another. It is considered as the talisman of Maori people and of New Zealand. The wearer of this Maori design expected to have character and strength.
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  • Circle The path of life with no end or no beginning.
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  • Pikopiko Pikopiko is Māori for young curled shoots of ferns.
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  • Triple or Double Twist This is recognized as the most famous Maori design. The single twist speaks of individual people, the triple and double twist refers to the joining of cultures or people for eternity through lows and highs. They stay bonded by loyalty and friendship for life.
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  • Single Twist This is also known as the joining of two individuals. Even if they move away, their life’s journey will have their respective paths meet again.
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  • Koru Based on the fern frond, this symbolizes the creation. It signifies peace, strength, growth and new life. The circle shape of this design helps to express the perpetual movement idea while the interior coil recommends reappearance to the original point.
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Maori Designs for Jewellery and Carving

  • Koropepe It is a symbol of new beginnings and youth, prosperity and abundance.
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  • Turtle It is the sea navigation symbol.
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  • Whale It symbolizes protection.
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  • Dolphin It also represents protection and the wearer has alike-mindedness with the sea.
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  • Heart This design usually indicated generosity, compassion, emotional balance and love.
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  • Drop It signified pride, unity, independence and strength. This design is also known as excellent comfort carving.
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Indeed, New Zealand jewellery is a precious memory to all people.

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Craftmanship inspired by the world around us (Vicky’s Blog)

I love to look at all the various pieces of jewellery and admire the craftsmanship and detail that goes into the design of each individual piece. They truly are inspired by the world around us and I would like to share with you some examples.

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Starfish: Starfish are incredible creature of the deep sea and have been a maritime symbol for thousands of years. Just as stars do, the starfish can represent guidance and direction. How lucky you would be if you were strolling the shore and come across this beautiful creature, the wearer of our cute wee starfish pendant, embellished with Paua shell in the colours of the sea, will be reminded of these attributes and their idyllic surroundings.

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Penguin: The penguin captivates our attention and our imagination, they always seem to be so “elegantly dressed” in their wee “tuxedos and formal attire” as they strut confidently on land as well as being able to express its heart and joy swimming and diving effortlessly in the ocean. They are also an example of endearing love and commitment as they are known to mate for life – what better way to symbolise your love and commitment than to wear a beautiful piece of penguin jewellery?

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Cat: Long ago Egyptians worshipped cats as gods and it seems to this day that they have not forgotten this! They preen and pout – strut about almost like they look down upon us mere humans. Our feline brooch is a prime example of one of these majestic animals – an elegant piece of jewellery to honour your favourite feline.

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