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Kawakawa Hook Earrings - Handpainted Silver

A distinctive heart shape leaf, Kawakawa, from the Maori word Kawa, meaning `bitter', has been used throughout Maori history as a tea for medicinal purposes. Kawakawa leaves are also traditionally worn after the loss of a loved one.

Sterling silver 10mm leaves, handpainted and hanging on sterling silver hooks. Each leaf is individually handpainted, so will differ to each other slightly.  No two pair of earrings are identical, so will be originals.

Lily Griffin

A love for Aotearoa is the primary inspiration behind Nicki’s beautiful pieces -  “I feel very lucky to have been born in New Zealand.  I remember long lazy school holidays camping in Oakura Bay and Mangawhai Heads, making daisy and buttercup chains, investigating beach rock pools, and going on bush walks through native forests”. Nicki started creating jewellery in 2013, wanting to evoke these memories in her work, and with a background in painting and sculpture, she experimented with porcelain paint and sculpting fine silver. Being totally self-taught meant lots of researching techniques and testing ideas - helping the pieces come to life through handcrafting! All of this is done at her small studio in Auckland, overlooking the family courtyard garden, where Nicki works in between looking after her children; Lily and Griffin.

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