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MATERIALS - Whale Bone and Aotea Stone with Raw Rubies and Sapphires.


Here is a description of this piece in the words of the artist...

An exploration of non-duality where a whole person might be found deep within the bones. Some people think I’m a bit weird because I believe 3d is a thing of the past. I consider that we are made of more than meets the eye. Whale bone becomes the body for a stone “person” as gemstone stars swirl around their orbit. A really magical piece...

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. This piece reveals itself slowly... the face carve in the stone gradually emerges from its whalebone surround. It is very subtle and quite alluring. The gemstone stars scattered through the bone add to the mystery of this piece. It is a very well conceived and carved work, weighty and quite beautiful!

SPIRITS IN SPACE SUITES - 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 Aotea Stone, Whalebone, Ruby and Sapphire

Cord Colour: Gingernut Brown with Jade Toggle

Cord Length: Fixed - 56cm (22 inches) circumference

Size: 65mm (2.5 inches) long; 46mm (1.8 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.

CHF 1,395.00
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