WELCOME TO NOSTALGEM

Hello! Nostalgem (no-stál-jem) is here to inspire you to wear and share your stories with our handmade jewellery.

I use humble natural elements in my designs. Most of which I collect locally in my hometown, the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Native seashells, fishbones, beach sand, leaves, petals and pods . These are the precious gems of my unpretentious yet meaningful jewellery line.

Have you ever found a pretty shell that reminded you of home or your favourite childhood holiday? Or picked a wildflower that evokes memories of a loved one? This is exactly what Nostalgem is all about. Each foraged treasure is one-of-a-kind and carries its own tale. We hope you will celebrate your own unique life stories from our organic jewels.


Rina Ward
Jewellery Artist | Beachcomber | Nature Forager

PAUA SHELL COLLECTION

Freshwater paua shells that have not reached adulthood have been sustainably and ethically transformed into some of our bestselling jewellery pieces.

WABI-SABI BAROQUE PEARL COLLECTION

Because of its non-traditional, free-form shapes, our baroque pearl jewellery (like the Mother & Child Necklace pictured) is a lovely expression of your one-of-a-kind and perfectly imperfect life.

KINA SHELL COLLECTION

All along the coast of New Zealand, you can find Kina (sea urchin). The prickly spikes of this unusual sea creature, once come off, reveal the beautiful textured pattern that lays beneath. See our collected kina fragments turned into jewels.

FLORAGEM COLLECTION

Inspired by the beauty of rough cut gemstones and flowers from my hometown, the Bay of Islands, we’ve created our very own – floragems. Infused with floral elements that have been picked, dried and crushed.

FISH BACKBONE COLLECTION

Snapper vertebrae fishbones that were fossicked in local beaches (or sustainably caught) find a new lease in life as handsculpted vessel pendants.

PIPI SHELL (COASTAL GEM COLLECTION)

Tiny sunbleached pipi shells, iconic New Zealand native seashells. Remember your the long hot summers digging deep in the sand for these delicious kai (food).

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