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MATERIALS - Luminal diopside (from Nelson field in New Zealand), whalebone, spectrolite, ruby and sapphire.


Here is a description of this piece from the artist...

Perhaps my favourite piece. This stone’s colour won’t stay still. Natural red colour of the stone’s crust has been considerately left drawing attention to the layers that make up a being that is more than flesh and blood.

As you can see from his personal description, Jeromy is a very thoughtful artist who is very careful to work with the materials he is using. The result is carved art that is completely unique and very beautiful!

This is a one-off, hand made necklace.

SPIRITS IN SPACE SUITS - a standout, one off work of Art to Wear and enjoy!

We will lovingly package this beauty in one of our wooden boxes with Pāua Shell.


Artist: Jeromy Van Riel

Material: New Zealand Luminal Diopside, Whalebone, Spectrolite, Ruby and Sapphire

Cord Colour: Brown

Cord Length: Fixed - 50cm (19 inches) circumference

Size: 80mm (3.1 inches) long; 40mm (1.6 inches) wide

A little about the artist in his own words...

Jeromy has always had interest in stones and bones, intrigued with Aotearoa history and ancient people.

Jeromy’s upbringing in Invercargill, New Zealand was immersed in Reo Maori, Kapa Haka and had insights into Maori spiritual beliefs through involvement in Mau raakau (Maaori martial arts), making and playing Taonga puuoro (Maaori musical instruments) and rongoa Maaori (Maaori healing modalities). Jeromy’s connection to his kaumatua continues today.

Coming from a Dutch migrant family Jeromy was compelled from an early age to explore what concepts of Tino Rangatiratanga, Mana Motuhake (self sovereignty) mean to Maori but (perhaps just as importantly) what it means to all people of the world.

Jeromy spent 20 years of his life teaching te reo Maori, at all levels. Many of his past students have been recognised for their efforts to continue Jeromy’s work.

Jeromy describes his work as being Future Colonial “through my art, I explore concepts of belonging, identity and value, I believe the main learning I received from my kaumaatua is that all people are equal, the measure of a person is through their conduct. I believe people are like stones. We spend time and patient consideration together in order to reveal the light from beneath the surface of something often overlooked. I consider a time when we accept and celebrate each other’s differences and actually obtain ‘te whiwhingatahitanga ki te wairua tapu” (unity).

Today Jeromy works from home Lake Haawea, New Zealand.

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