Greetings! Yes, it's been far too long--what was intended to be a two week break, turned into something much longer than expected. Ladies, it was much needed. I am feeling like my better self, and I owe it to stepping back and reassessing all that's been going on. There are loads of things that I need to update you all on, as there is some exciting news in the air. Stay tuned, and I will surely fill you in.
Before I went on break, I entered a giveaway on the fabulous SheBreathes site. If you haven't checked it out already, you've waited too long. Honest. The SheBreathes crew covers everything from fashion to beauty, to...HeBreathes! I could (and often do) read and read for ages on the site. If that's not enough, follow them on Twitter--their musings have me shouting an "Amen!" left and right. Anyhow, when they posted that they were having a giveaway for a custom designed Nga Waiata ring, I just about fell off my chair. One of my favorite sites, featuring an amazing brand from the Pacific?! I entered, but without any huge expectations of actually winning. I couldn't not though, you know? A Maori brand, now getting the attention it deserves in shops like Barneys--it was too good to be true.
And it nearly was, because I won! If I knew how, I would have been doing cartwheels--instead, I called my cousin in New Zealand and babbled on and on about how excited I was to have a Nga Waiata piece for myself. She was way into the news. I knew exactly which stone I was interested in--the fluorite--and was set on having the chunky pointy shape. It was so Wilma Flinstone meets South Pacific. The stone is said to bring clarity, balance, and also aid in finding the truth behind illusion. It was for me in every way.
When I first opened the package, I was taken by the details. Packaged so sweet and delicately, you could tell a lot of love was put into the process.
Descriptions for care were included, as the band can be made from either black maire, pohutakawa, or puriri--all native New Zealand woods. Also, a handwritten note. I was impressed.
And finally, the piece I had been anxiously looking forward to. It was more beautiful in person than on the site. It feels substantial, powerful, and is unlike anything else in my collection. It doesn't compete with wedding bands or other jewelry, as it feels so raw and honest. It's my own beautiful piece of the Pacific, here in the cold States.
I have to admit, I already have my eye on the flattened citrine, and am thinking that someone will be getting this as a birthday gift in the near future.
Inscribed on the back are the words Nga Waiata. The translation of this is the songs in te reo Maori. You can follow Nga Waiata's blog here.
Have you seen the Nga Waiata line before? What are your thoughts?