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KO TE AMORANGI KI MUA - go with the spirit before you 

Carved in Nelson pounamu with star ruby inserts.


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

A reflection of the whakatauki “ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te haapaioo ki muri, te tuutuurutanga o te mahi, mauriora”. I translate this as “ go with the spirit of god before you and all will be provided should you be authentic.

This interesting example of omphalic nephrite has been thoroughly worked to take advantage of all natural colour held by the stone. Attention to the back of the stone will reveal the image I portrayed was always there.

My inspiration for this piece was obtaining the star ruby in Thailand. I learned that the word they use for ruby means “never hungry”. Locals believed that a person who wears ruby has good karma and will always be looked after. I thought about this in light of the above whakataukii (proverb). Good luck to you and all you do!

This is an exceptional piece of art. Jeromy has used the raw stone as the basis for his design. You can see the influence the structure of the stone has had if you look at the back - it is a fabulous window into the inner life of this piece of jade.

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.

KO TE AMORANGI KI MUA - 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 Jade with Star Ruby Inserts

Cord Colour: Black

Cord Length: Fixed - 55cm (21.6 inches) circumference

Size: 81mm (3.2 inches) long; 39mm (1.5 inches) wide

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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