A delightful Kiwi necklace cleverly cast in sterling silver from an original Tania Mallow carving, finished with a sterling silver chain and clasp.
Kiwi are a significant national icon, equally cherished by all cultures in New Zealand. Kiwi are a symbol for the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife and the value of our natural heritage.
The bird itself is a taonga (treasure) to Maori, who have strong cultural, spiritual and historic associations with kiwi. Its feathers are valued in weaving kahukiwi (kiwi feather cloak) for people of high rank.
Our loved Kiwi are sadly under threat from predators and are declining in numbers. For each Tania Mallow bird necklace sold a $1 donation is made to Forest & Bird NZ.
The bird range has a beautiful weighty feel. Like many of Tania Mallow's other pieces they are created with comfort and quality at the forefront. Materials are not spared on her necklaces and wearing them feels amazing.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver. The alloy composition results in a metal that is very durable and long lasting. Sterling silver is easily polished using a polishing cloth. Tania Mallow jewellery is certified sterling silver.
Material: Sterling silver
Measurements: 25mm x 20mm x 2mm
Chain: 45cm sterling silver
“I love it when I put the final finishing touches to a piece of jewellery such as the final polish. Seeing a piece come to fruition from an idea scribbled on a scrap of paper to forming it and finishing it is a really cool process”
Tania Mallow has had a passion for jewellery ever since the age of nine and set up her own jewellery business back in 2006. Prior to this she worked at Howick Village Jewellers where she learnt traditional jewellery making skills. Tania works out of her home studio situated in Beachlands, Auckland where each piece of jewellery is carefully handcrafted to perfection. Her work is particularly inspired by the shapes and textures of New Zealand nature and she introduces these elements into each of her designs.
“I actually love the challenge of productivity! Its really cool to see all my creations lined up at the end of a hard days work at the bench (and coffee is good too!) My biggest challenges with sustaining a creative practice have been juggling the marketing, accounts, design and production in a limited time frame alongside full time work. Knowing that people are out there in the world wearing my jewellery is amazing and very humbling! It gives me such a buzz when I meet a random stranger and notice that they are wearing one of my creations, blows me away every time”