New Zealand Pounamu
Pounamu refers to several types of hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade, bowenite or serpentinite found in Te Wai Pounamu ( The south island of New Zealand ). Pounamu is the Māori name. Although most New Zealanders refer to it as Greenstone. Marama's Pounamu comes in many different shades of green, no two pieces are ever the same.
All of the Pounamu used in Marama Jewellery is 100% guaranteed New Zealand stone.
New Zealand Obsidian
Obsidian is a natural glass, formed by the rapid cooling of silica-rich volcanic lava. It was prized by the Māori for its use in cutting and scraping. The Māori name is Matā but these days it is mostly called Obsidian. Marama's Obsidian comes from the Taupo region and/or the Coromandel region.
All of the Obsidian used in Marama Jewellery is 100% guaranteed New Zealand stone/glass.
Gold Vermeil is plated with 22K-24K gold. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated jewellery items. The difference between vermeil, and gold-filled, is in the thickness of the gold and the base metal used. In vermeil, the base is sterling silver.
All of our Gold Vermeil is plated with at the least 2 microns of 22-24ct gold.
Any solid gold that is used in Marama Jewellery is New Zealand gold. It comes from different mines around the country.
Alluvial gold from the South Island of New Zealand is another significant source of gold. The alluvial operation complies with Department of Conservation protocols.
Recycled gold is used where possible and are happy to recycle your old gold into something new.
I do my best to use as much recycled silver as possible. Each year I send away a bunch of scraps and collected old and broken jewellery to then be refined down into the silver that is used in the jewellery. Otherwise the Silver comes from a renowned company with a fantastic environmental overview by using recycled waste from the Jewellery Industry within Australasia.
I pride myself and my work, Marama Jewellery, on my ethos to sustain an ethical and sustainable workplace, product and environment. I hope you appreciate what goes into my jewellery as much as I do.