Star Map Matriki Ring
In celebration of Matariki – the traditional Maori New Year – this stunning dress ring offers you a daily connection with the widsom of an ancient people who still understand the importance of our Mother Earth.
Made from glorious reclaimed Rimu wood in a perfect circle (approx 2cm diameter, 0.5cm high) boarded by 100% recycled fine silver, this ring features the 7 stars that make up the constellation of Pleiades, or Matariki with inlaid silver. The band is made from fine silver and is 0.5cm wide and come is 4 sizes (custom sizing may be available – please inquire).
In Maori mythology, Matariki has 2 meanings.Firstly, Mata riki literally means “eyes of the God”. Legend has it that when Rangi (sky father) and Papa (earth mother) were ripped apart from one another, one of their sons ( Tāwhirimātea – god of the winds) was so angry he ripped out his eyes and threw them into the sky.The second legend has it that Matariki is the mother star surrounded by her 6 daughters. They rise early in the winter to reinvigorate Te Ra (the sun) as he becomes weary on his long journey.
Maori of all tribes identified the presence of the stars as a signal of the success (or otherwise) of their upcoming crops. The brighter the stars shone, the better the harvest would be. Marariki is also a time for family (whanau) to come together to reflect on their relationships, and remember their Whakapapa (ancestors). Celebrations centred on the family and giving thanks.
Matariki traditionally has been celebrated at different times for different iwi (tribes), but all celebrations centre around the rising of the star constellation Pleiades in the morning sky. In the Southern Hemisphere this happens some time around the end of May/beginning of June.
Pleiades is a cluster of 7 stars (only 6 are now visible to the naked eye – but in ancient times, all 7 could be seen) in the constellation of Taurus. There are myths and legends about these seven stars in almost all cultures world wide – from the ancient Greece, Navajo in North America, Japan (the car manufacturer Subaru uses Pleiades as it’s logo!) and even the Aztec and Inca of Central and South America.
Extra Small – US6
Small – US7.5
Medium – US8.5
Large – US10
Extra Small – US6, Small – US7.5, Medium – US8.5, Large – US10