Ariki New Zealand has the poua

From left: Dylan Mulder, Lisa Peterson, and Barry Hart showed off Ariki New Zealand's products at booth 936.

From left: Dylan Mulder, Lisa Peterson, and Barry Hart showed off Ariki New Zealand’s products at booth 936.

The poua shellfish (a form of abalone) is quite common and widely available in the southern coastal waters of New Zealand. Its shells are famous for their multicolored appearance and for providing a beautiful stone for jewelry. Not surprising, 84-year-old Ariki is a familiar jewelry company in Blenheim, New Zealand.

Wanting to break out globally, first-time exhibitor Ariki (booth 936) is showing its line of earring, bracelets, necklaces, and bangles here at the Duty Free Show. Each piece of jewelry is hand-made, making “each unique and with its own personality,”
according to jewelry designer Dylan Mulder.

“Each piece of Ariki’s poua is set on sterling silver, palladium plate or 22 carat gold,” said Lisa Peterson, Ariki account epresentative.

“We also do custom design for retailers,” said Mulder.