What: New Zealand Shell Jewelry
From the Hills of New Zealand
Blair and Sara Gallagher live at Rangiatea, a 720 hectare hill country set beneath the Southern Alps of New Zealand, along with 250 Angus cattle and 7,500 Perendale sheep!
How Did They Get Started?
One day Blair discovered that their hill property (Rangiatea) is a repository of Agate Rock, a semi-precious gemstone formed 90 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity on nearby Mt.Somers. They recognized the potential of these beautiful and unique Agate rocks as jewelry pieces, and began by producing some Agate bead necklaces - this is how "Rangiatea Jewellery" was born. In 1996 Blair and Sara found a silversmith to work with and began designing additional Agate jewelry. Soon they found themselves diversifying into their "Pacific Range", including the famous Paua shell jewelry and other shell lines. Once you see one of their jewelry pieces, you will know why they are so popular among New Zealanders and tourists alike!
About Paua Jewelry
Paua is a type of abalone that can only be found in the coast of New Zealand. Their shells are considered to be the most colorful in the world, and the meat is regarded as a delicacy, much like oysters. The gathering of Paua is strictly regulated to ensure its sustainability and environmental soundness. Popular with both men and women, Blair and Sara's Paua shell necklaces, pendants, earrings, cufflinks and rings are set in .925 sterling silver for a fresh, dazzling look. Their clean and simple lines help bring out the natural brilliance and elegance of Paua.