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: 15 mm x 22 mm, chain 45 cm
MJ Paik was born in South Korea where she studied fine art and design. During her studies she travelled to New Zealand, where she fell in love with the beautiful landscape and lifestyle. Determined to return, she booked a one way ticket to Aotearoa to make it her new home. Here she trained at Peter Minturn Goldsmith School in Auckland. Winter in July jewellery is handcrafted using centuries-old traditional fabrication and lost wax casting techniques. The source of inspiration for Winter in July jewellery is MJ's love of nature and animals. She aims to create pieces that bring joy to the wearer as if they are in a beautiful forest, garden or by the sea.