The Olive Collection
The inspiration for the Olive Collection was born on a glorious sunny afternoon; supping wine and dancing barefoot to live music among the olive trees at my husband's family owned Rangihoua Olive Estate on Waiheke Island.
My in-laws invited me to create an olive leaf collection to be sold in the tasting room gallery at Rangihoua.
Using olive leaves we had gathered from Rangihoua, my two daughters and I crafted a beautiful assortment of leaf jewellery, curling the leaves into a variety of elegant and unique designs.
So began the meticulous process of trial and error to cast the leaves into metal while still capturing the detail of the leaf's delicate structure.
The final outcome was this stunning Picual Collection featuring several leaves of varying shapes and sizes, each with a textured inner surface that displays the natural grain of the leaf, while the reverse side is polished to a brilliant shine.
These exquisite gold wedding bands are cast in sand by me from a bespoke hand-carved wax mould. The almost pure ethically sourced 24k alluvial gold was dug from the rich earth near Nelson, New Zealand. I then hand-smelted and refined it to create this buttery yellow 14k gold that exudes luxury and elegance but also strength.
If you would like more information on my process, or would like to commission your own rings I invite you to please get in touch.
The Picual Olive
Did you know that the name 'Picual' comes from the Spanish word 'pico', which means 'peak'?
This refers to the slightly pointed tips of these unique olives that give them the appearance of a tear drop. A characteristic that makes it such a delightful piece of jewellery to wear everyday.
I can make any of my pieces into yellow, white or rose gold. I invite you to please get in touch for pricing.
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Dainty ring in 9kt Gold
Thank you so much for my beautiful jewellery. My earrings, necklace and ring were so delicately made with gorgeous detail. High quality and lovely packaging. I will definitely be purchasing again for friends and family.