'Maui' Topaz & Paua Pendant
Winner of 2nd Place Professional Design Excellence in the MJSA 2016 Vision Awards
When we came into the possession of a 232 carat, natural blue, triangular cabochon topaz, we knew it was destined for a magnificent piece of jewellery. When one of the team described it as if you’re looking into a swirling ocean filled with all sorts of wonders, the story of Maui fishing up the North Island sprang to Ian’s mind.The topaz became a symbol of that story, and so we decided the topaz pendant should represent Maui’s tale, in art form. The design grew from there.
Blue is a common colour of topaz, however is most often the result of heat treatment or irradiation. The blue colour of this 232 carat topaz is completely natural, making it a rare find. Blue topaz looks amazing paired with paua and so paua was chosen to represent the depths of the sea, from which Maui pulls in his great fish. Paua is also unique to New Zealand and so a meaningful inclusion in this design.