OUR STORY

Hello my name is Rina Ward. And I make jewellery for women who love organic and raw nature jewellery that reflects their personal life & stories.

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.

My designs are reflective of my love for the natural world. I also see how they point to the Ultimate Designer. The Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi is very much alive in my work. It’s all about embracing imperfection. Celebrating age, decay and growth in all things.

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 jewelry, you’ll find me catching some waves in my local surf beach. I also love jamming on old Billie Holiday tunes with my jazz quartet band – NostalJam.

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.