In the Beginning Statement Necklace
In the beginning, there was only darkness, the great endless no-thing that was the domain of the mighty deity Io.
Within this darkness lay two lovers. Ranginui - the sky father and his truest soul, Papatuanuku - earth mother. So passionate was their embrace that not even light could pass between them. Their children, the gods of the world, lay pressed between their parents, unable to move, with no light, becoming increasingly angry and frustrated. Eventually, the child gods hatched a plan to pry their parents apart, to let the light in so that they could live freely.
Every attempt failed, until finally Tane - god of the forests and the beasts - lay on his back and pushed with his mighty tree trunk legs. He gained purchase and managed to separate his parents forever. Light flooded the world and the time of Gods and Humanity began.
But Ranginui wept for his lost love - his tears flooded down upon the earth in torrents as rain. At the same time, Papatuanuku mourned for her mate. Her sighs of desperate lonliness became the mists that rise from the land into the sky. Having pity upon his naked father, God of Weather Tāwhirimātea, cast stars across the inky sky to light the way.
This necklace features three hand-cut layered metal plates. Copper represents Mother Earth, Silver represents Sky Father and the sliver of golden brass represents the light between them. Etched onto the metal are designs representing the mists of the earth and the swirls of the sky. Inlaid into the piece are the 9 stars of matariki. The necklace is cut in the shape of a toki - a maori axe and symbol of strength, courage and leadership. It is finished with a hand braided adjustable waxed cord
This necklace is approximately 10cm long, 7cm across at its widest point and approximately 4mm thick. It is finished with a black hand-braided adjustable waxed cord.
As Seen at NYFW
This piece is part of the New York Collection and was showcased at FlyingSolo, New York Fashion Week 2020
This collection celebrates the bravery of our collective ancestors who honoured the deep pull of adventure and exploration beyond their known world. No matter where in the world your blood-line journeys back to, our ancestors all chose to seek new shores and lands beyond their view, past the horizons they could see.
In this world of 2020, we experience a world that has contracted and closed down. It is a world that is dominated by fear of the unknown, anxiety about a future that we cannot see nor control. The New York collection takes that fear and turns it into intrepid curiosity.
Borrowing from those who come before us, this collection reminds us that the world is still beautiful, that it is full of opportunity to grow and learn and add value. Each piece offers us strength in adversity, freedom in confinement, courage to trust that the wind beneath our wings will not fail us.
Let us seek adventure, be intrepid and curious. Let us be resilient and brave; let us have hope!
"Hope” is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul.And sings the tune without the wordsand never stops at all.
And sweetest, in the Gale, is heard. And sore must be the storm.That could abash the little Bird,that kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land, and on the strangest Sea.Yet, never, in Extremityit asked a crumb of me.
About this Collection - THE SAGE
I am the seeker of wisdom and truth, from the universal spirits, angels and ancestors. My understanding the world and my place in it is a reflection of the knowledge that I learn from experience. I understand that much of this knowledge originates from within my spirit.
I am the eternal student, eager and willing to be forever open to all that brings growth and expansion. And in that growth I share the wisdom I discover on the way with others. I often find myself in my head, caught up in my thinking mind - and I use the beauty and wonder of the world around me to reconnect with my truth.
I am the sage