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Fantail in Hoop Earrings

As the name implies, the fantail has a distinctive fanned tail. It is the best known native bird in New Zealand.

Maori legend says that a fantail and an owl spotted Kupe, the first Polynesian, who discovered New Zealand. They did a haka for the “birds of the sea” (boats) that Kupe came with. The fluttering movement of the fantail inspired the war dance, the haka.


Metal: Sterling silver.

Measurement: Frame 15 mm x 22 mm.

Finish: Polished.

Winter in July by MJ Paik 

MJ was born and raised in South Korea, and her birthday in July was always in the middle of summer, thus ‘Winter in July’ was born from the biggest change in her life - moving to Aotearoa, and celebrating her birthday in winter! She studied fine art and design in South Korea, and during her studies she travelled to New Zealand - quickly falling in love with the beautiful landscapes and lifestyle. And it wasn’t long she booked another ticket and ended up staying. After completing training at Peter Minturn Goldsmith School in Auckland, she continued to develop her skills, and now each piece of Winter in July jewellery is designed from scratch and totally handcrafted in her Auckland studio, where MJ strives to create beautiful pieces that bring joy to the wearer.