OUR STORY

Hello my name is Rina Ward. Founder and Jewellery Artist of Nostalgem.

After living in the big cities of Manila, Hong Kong and Auckland, my family and I  traded the busy urban life for the more laid back coastal and rural living.

So in 2016, we moved to the beautiful Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Living closer to nature, I started foraging for little bits of flora and fauna around my lush surrounding.

Beachcombed seashells. Fallen seed pods & leaves. Discarded fishbones. Wayside wildflowers. It’s very much like going on a treasure hunt.

These organic gems became the centre pieces of my jewellery.

I hope my jewellery will be expressions of your one-of-a-kind, imperfectly beautiful and charmingly unique stories.
Welcome to Nostalgem,

Rina Ward

PS. When I’m not designing jewellery, you’ll find me catching some waves in my local surf beach. I also love playing old tunes with my vintage swing & jazz band – NostalJam.

Nostalgem Intellectual Property Rights

I am are proud to say that my designs are original. All intellectual property rights in my Baby Paua Shell, Floragem, Kina Shell, Beach Shells, Fishbone, Manuka Pods and Baroque Pearl jewellery designs are and will belong to Nostalgem Ltd. Any infringement will be pursued vigorously.

A handful of foraged flora after my walk.
Discarded fishbones are treasures!
Wabi-sabi art of perfect imperfection in nature.
Beachcombing in Matauri Bay.
Perfect day at the beach with fellow wahine.
Me and my NostaJam bandmates.