According to Maori tradition, the gifting of stunningly colourful paua shell is believed to bring the wearer of the gift good luck, prosperity and peace.
Sterling silver shell (10 x 15mm), handpainted and suspended from a 45cm sterling silver fine chain, with a 5cm sterling silver extender. As each shell is individually handpainted, no two shells are alike.
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.