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Fairtrade and fair mined gold miners

Often people want to describe me as ‘making more than just jewellery’ - they prefer to describe me as ‘an artist who makes small sculptures’. Jewellery making in their eyes is not an esteemed enough practice for an artist. I remind them whatever place jewellery has in the contemporary visual arts hierarchy that it has along history, perhaps the oldest. In fact the oldest examples we have of human material history confirm that it is jewellery that provides the earliest evidence of our capacity to think symbolically. Jewellery still has that capacity - that’s what keeps me interested – I’m an artist but I’m still a jeweller.
– Warwick Freeman
Rings by Nga Waiata

Rings by Nga Waiata

Nga Waiata

New Zealand artist Nga Waiata creates rings from crystals and gem stones and sustainable indigenous wood (Black Maire, Ponutakawa and Puri).

Amethyst rings by Nga Waiata

Amethyst rings by Nga Waiata

Nga Waiata (“Naaaa-y-a-taa”)

Nga Waiata (“Naaaa-y-a-taa”)

Fluorite rings by Nga Waiata

Fluorite rings by Nga Waiata

Dark Smoky Quartz, Citrine and Fluorite rings by Nga Waiata

Dark Smoky Quartz, Citrine and Fluorite rings by Nga Waiata

Citrine ring by Nga Waiata

Citrine ring by Nga Waiata

Fluorite, Light Smoky Quartz and Rose Quartz rings by Nga Waiata

Fluorite, Light Smoky Quartz and Rose Quartz rings by Nga Waiata

Fairtrade and fair mined gold miners

Often people want to describe me as ‘making more than just jewellery’ - they prefer to describe me as ‘an artist who makes small sculptures’. Jewellery making in their eyes is not an esteemed enough practice for an artist. I remind them whatever place jewellery has in the contemporary visual arts hierarchy that it has along history, perhaps the oldest. In fact the oldest examples we have of human material history confirm that it is jewellery that provides the earliest evidence of our capacity to think symbolically. Jewellery still has that capacity - that’s what keeps me interested – I’m an artist but I’m still a jeweller.
– Warwick Freeman
Rings by Nga Waiata

Rings by Nga Waiata

Nga Waiata

New Zealand artist Nga Waiata creates rings from crystals and gem stones and sustainable indigenous wood (Black Maire, Ponutakawa and Puri).

Amethyst rings by Nga Waiata

Amethyst rings by Nga Waiata

Nga Waiata (“Naaaa-y-a-taa”)

Nga Waiata (“Naaaa-y-a-taa”)

Fluorite rings by Nga Waiata

Fluorite rings by Nga Waiata

Dark Smoky Quartz, Citrine and Fluorite rings by Nga Waiata

Dark Smoky Quartz, Citrine and Fluorite rings by Nga Waiata

Citrine ring by Nga Waiata

Citrine ring by Nga Waiata

Fluorite, Light Smoky Quartz and Rose Quartz rings by Nga Waiata

Fluorite, Light Smoky Quartz and Rose Quartz rings by Nga Waiata

"Often people want to describe me as ‘making more than just jewellery’ - they prefer to describe me as ‘an artist who makes small sculptures’. Jewellery making in their eyes is not an esteemed enough practice for an artist. I remind them whatever place jewellery has in the contemporary visual arts hierarchy that it has along history, perhaps the oldest. In fact the oldest examples we have of human material history confirm that it is jewellery that provides the earliest evidence of our capacity to think symbolically. Jewellery still has that capacity - that’s what keeps me interested – I’m an artist but I’m still a jeweller."
Nga Waiata
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