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.


Auckland Skyline

There is too much to say about Auckland to limit it to one paragraph but I will try!

Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island with a population of approximately 1.6 million people. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Affectionately known as “the City of Sails” Like many cities Auckland is full of charm and character, but there are a few things that also make it incredibly unique. From discovering magnificent volcanoes and stunning sandy beaches, to acquainting yourself with the region’s fascinating culture and learning about its rich history, there are so many things to do in Auckland.

Auckland is lucky to be home to wonderful waters with unbeatable landscapes and unique wildlife. These picture perfect waters are also why Auckland is known as the world’s best city for yacht lovers. So of course the pendant that reminds me of Auckland when I wear it is:

Paua Yacht Pendant GP882

The Yacht is a symbol of travel and adventure, fulfilment of hidden desires. This could also be a romantic getaway or imposing holiday where you sip a cocktail while lying in the sun and sailing through the waves of the sea. Our cute wee Yacht pendant can take you back to these idyllic times.

Paua Yacht Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Māori and the sea

Maori Mural

Not surprisingly, given that New Zealand is surrounded by sea, our native New Zealand people Māori have a strong affinity with the ocean.

Oral storytelling is a vital element in Māori culture, and the story of demi-god Māui fishing Aotearoa from the sea has been passed down through the generations. The North Island (Te Ika a Māui) was the fish Māui caught and became home to Māui, his family and all Māori. The South Island became the waka (canoe) of Māui through the legend and is known as Te Waka a Māui (the canoe of Māui). Stewart Island, located to the south of the South Island is known as Te Punga a Māui (Māui’s anchor). The tangata whenua (people of the land) of New Zealand have always been great fishers and have special provision to fish under customary fishing regulations. Kaimoana (seafood) caught under the customary fishing regulations cannot be traded or sold.

We have several pieces of unique fine New Zealand Jewellery which honour this connection with our heritage and our oceans but my personal favourite is the W47 Hei Matau Koru

Pounamu Greenstone Pendant

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Our stylised genuine New Zealand Greenstone pendant pays homage to this strong relationship as well as having the distinctive Koru shape which symbolises new beginnings and growth.
This unique and beautiful piece of genuine New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu as the Māori have named it, has been hand carved and then polished to a high shine finish and would most definitely be a prized treasure for anyone who may receive it.

Ninety Mile Beach

ninety mile beach jewelry

Renowned for spectacular sunsets and boasting one of the best surf breaks in the world, Ninety Mile Beach is an almost never-ending paradise.
On the Western Coast of the far North Island, Ninety Mile Beach, official Māori name Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē Ninety Mile Beach stretches from Ahipara Bay, to Scott’s Point and is actually just 88 kilometres long.

Beach activities range from surfcasting and swimming to bodyboarding down the sand dunes. A special treat is digging for tuatua (a native shellfish) in the sand at low tide. Flanking the beach is the Aupouri Forest, which provides a green escape from the hot summer sun this place is a tropical paradise with white sands and palm trees.

Whenever I visit this iconic beach I am reminded of our Palm Tree Pendant

Paua Palm Tree Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery

Palm trees evoke pleasant memories of good times spent whiling away sun filled days and relaxing vacations on golden sandy beaches with their fronds bursting out of the top of the tall majestic trunks like the rays of the sun or an expansive fireworks display. Our stunning Palm tree pendant can be worn as a reminder of these idyllic times.

New Zealand – from Cape Rēinga to the Bluff

Since I wrote my blog on Marlborough to you a wee while ago I have had many requests for information about our beautiful country. So I thought I would tell you a little story about some of my most favourite places in New Zealand and the unique Ariki New Zealand Jewellery pieces inspired by this majestic country.

New Zealand – from Cape Rēinga to the Bluff
Image by Alistair McLellan from Pixabay

Let me start with the very tip of the North Island of New Zealand, Cape Rēinga. Here, at the top of the country, you can witness a rare and powerful thing – the meeting of two bodies of water, the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The tides race each other in a display of awesome ocean strength as you stand on the bluff, buffeted by the inevitable breeze and wowed by the beauty of this spot.

Cape Rēinga

The native New Zealand people Māori believe that in mythology, their spirits travel to Cape Rēinga on a final journey to the afterlife. Therefore, Cape Rēinga is said to be the most sacred place in New Zealand.

I have felt a special energy and spiritual significance whenever I have visited this spectacular place just by standing in the buffeting wind gazing out into the frenetic ocean.
The piece of Ariki New Zealand Jewellery which reminds me of this special place whenever I wear it is:

Waves Pendant – GP504/PO504

There is nothing as incredibly beautiful as the waves of an ocean breaking onto the shore signifying the unstoppable strength of nature. Just like these waves this stunning piece of jewellery is rippling and curved in shape – showing beautiful lines that swirl around the gorgeous cabochon framing it perfectly.

Paua Waves Pendant - Ariki New Zealand Jewellery