Uncategorized – Waka Gallery Queenstown https://www.wakagallery.com Queenstown Jeweller - Opals, Pearls, Jade Tue, 31 Jul 2018 23:42:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 vaka contact details https://www.wakagallery.com/2018/07/31/vaka-contact-details/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 23:42:38 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?p=129 Vaka
Cnr of Beach & Rees streets
Queenstown
New Zealand

Shop Hours
Mon-Sun 9.00am – 9.00pm

Phone
0064 3 442 8239

Email
info@wakagallery.com

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Links https://www.wakagallery.com/2017/03/27/links/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:58:48 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?p=158 Links

The Opal Centre
www.opalcentre.co.nz

Pounamu Pearl
www.southseapearls.co.nz

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Gems https://www.wakagallery.com/2014/03/03/gems/ Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:07:44 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?page_id=221 waka_gemsgemsMankind has been fascinated by coloured gemstones for thousands of years

Nature expresses itself beneath the earth’s crust in every colour of the rainbow vivid blues, emerald greens,brilliant reds and golden hues.  As Jewellers we pride ourselves in sourcing and selecting a wide array of quality, cut, colour and clarity gems which are then designed and transformed at the jeweller’s bench into a piece of fine jewellery to be treasured by generations.​   Proudly manufactured in unique styles of the highest quality, a passion for the beautiful objects is once again expressed and exhibited at our Queenstown store.​​

The attraction to these coloured gems is due to the incomparable way they absorb and reflect light in many unique ways…

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Gallery https://www.wakagallery.com/2011/12/13/gallery/ Tue, 13 Dec 2011 01:25:41 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?page_id=149 Interactive and informative, Waka sources, transforms and creates an expression of unique style, sophistication, quality and beauty to be admired and cherished for generations to come. Historically renowned with a tradition in excellence, Pounamu Pearl and The Opal Centre are now combined under one exotically scintillating roof. Rob Lynes sources the most unique gems from the South Pacific creating exquisite jewellery and objet d’art in a celebration of inimitable style.

It is not surprising this small, dedicated team have earned an outstanding international reputation and are considered unsurpassed in their field of craftsmanship. Their creations are to be cherished forever. Aptly named, Waka Gallery is a vessel, a way forward, an investment in the future, just as the great ocean-navigating Vaka canoes were eons ago for the Pacific people. The opening exhibition showcases New Zealand’s rare and precious gemstone – the Blue Pearl. Presented in free form or in exclusive, rare and inimitable jewellery the gallery highlights the story of the Blue Pearl and how it came to be internationally renowned as New Zealand’s own national gem.

Also on display is Waka’s unrivalled collection of Lightning Ridge Black Opal. But the outstanding focal point of the exhibit is “The Navigator”. Carved by Rob from a single colossal Pounamu boulder the Navigator represents resilience, bravery and extraordinary exploratory skills – he is the Wayfinder who ranks highest of all and is an icon of strength, knowledge and faith. The Navigator is beyond beautiful, beyond a skilful representation of an ancient hero. He is lean, powerful, Pacific and a god among his people – a beacon of new life and discovery and the ideal centrepiece for Waka Gallery. Rob Lynes has created a simpatico of enchantment and education at Waka Gallery.

They have created a visionary Gallery of breathtaking jewellery and pieces each crafted individually on site, a plethora of information, education and first-hand experience into the tools and techniques required to work Pounamu (jade) and opal. Relax in executive comfort and be entranced by the interactive educational display telling the story of Pounamu, the unique New Zealand Blue, Tahitian Black, White South Sea and Golden South Sea Pearls and Australian Opals in the comfortable lounge area. Or simply move through the gallery viewing the collection of the finest, most exclusive examples on offer at Waka. Waka Gallery is a veritable indulgence of the senses, a celebration of beauty and creativity and they welcome you to celebrate their unique journey.

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Team https://www.wakagallery.com/2011/12/08/team/ Thu, 08 Dec 2011 02:03:55 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?page_id=114 Rob Lynes

Every carver has a unique interpretation of the stone. Rob Lynes takes this elucidation, this extraordinary craft, even further. A skill inspired by his father’s passion for rocks and gems and passed down to his own sons, Rob is a true master of the calling. Each of his sculptures starts as an idea, a concept mulled over, sketched and moulded in clay. Once work commences the true nature of the stone begins to speak. A desire to protect the integrity of the natural form of the piece is rarely compromised, however the end result is usually a combination of working to a precisely planned composition yet allowing the true and natural beauty of the jade to show forth. The form emerges from the boulder beneath Rob’s skilful hands. The
creation of a large jade (pounamu) piece is not easy. This stone is harder than steel, supremely tough, and sculpting a large Jade is a physical undertaking. His son also carves jade under his watchful eye. You can see them at work at Waka carving and cutting rooms adjacent to the Gallery upstairs. As Waka’s principle gem cutter, Rob also travels to the opal mines of Lightning Ridge to procure quality raw opal from his associates in the mines, which he brings back to Waka to process. The raw opal is cut into beautiful gems and crafted into fine jewellery at the hands of their jewellers. Custom made jewellery from your chosen gem is their speciality. Rob’s passion for the stones he works with is patent. His life, his family, his commitment to beauty is paramount, he has created a place where the exclusivity of the products, the lustre and glamour and beauty, can be admired, experienced and enjoyed by all.

Jean Daniel Roberts

Twenty-five years ago a young Swiss began a backpacking trip that would lead him to life dedicated to the sensual lustre of the Pearl. Arriving in the Tuamotu Archipelago in tropical French Polynesia Jean Daniel Roberts describes his
experience as serendipitous. A storm had wiped out a local Pearl Farm and the local managers were desperate for manpower to rebuild. Jean Daniel did not hesitate and within a month was managing the farm. Fortunate as most opportune moments tend to be, Jean Daniel’s fascination with the birthing and cultivating of Pearl grew into a fierce passion and today he is one of the world’s finest Pearlier’s. He spent years learning, loving and researching the ultimate procedures to grow and harvest the very best Pearls. He then took his passion to the next level, teaching tourists and spreading the word on more than Pearl Farming but on the environmental strain modern life is putting on these remarkable treasures of the deep. Today both Jean Daniel and Rob travel to the pearl farms at harvest to hand pick the very best pearls for Waka. “This way “says Jean Daniel “we can preselect only the finest pearls for our clients, as well as maintain our passion for diving.” Jean Daniel is hands on. He strings the necklaces himself and works closely with his team at Waka to design their pearl jewellery crafted in 18k gold and platinum. Waka offers an exclusive range of hand-picked, highest grade Tahitian Black, South Sea White, Philippine Gold and the distinctive New Zealand Blue Pearls. Jean Daniel’s extensive experience and fastidious eye means every pearl available at Waka is the best. His precision and knowledge of the business from seeding to harvesting gives Jean Daniel a higher appreciation of colour, lustre and quality of the pearl. An incredibly interesting man, sit for a few minutes with Jean Daniel and the minutes become hours as you are entertained with tales of the Pearl Trade. No pirates perhaps, but a good deal of intrigue.

Andy Mills

Andy Mills was born and bred in the jewellery business as a second generation jeweller. From a very young age his father schooled him in the intricacies of the jewellery industry. Becoming a jeweller came naturally to this once-Aucklander. His natural eye for what looks good, his desire to create complex things and his passion for problem-solving facilitated his goal of becoming a master jeweller. Twenty-five years in the jewellery trade has seen Andy develop his skills in every aspect of jewellery fabrication. Specialising in opal, pearl and diamonds at Waka, his passion has grown to become a true love of these beautiful gems. “starting at its source, cutting designing and hand crafting a rare piece of jewellery that will be cherished for generations is an amazing experience that I feel privileged to be a part of.” His expertise, eye for quality and design is evident in every unique piece. His natural eye for what looks good, his desire to create complex things and his passion for problem-solving facilitated his goal of becoming a master jeweller.

Royce Kelly

Royce first started his career in 1970. He instantly discovered a keen eye and passion for his chosen profession.
As Royce says himself “I couldn’t think of a better career. Designing shaping and forming precious metal from its raw state into a stunning pieces of jewellery is incredibly satisfying “ Royce’s passion, talent and years of experience is displayed in many of Waka’s one off pieces.

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Contact https://www.wakagallery.com/2011/12/07/contact/ Wed, 07 Dec 2011 01:59:19 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?page_id=60 Waka
Cnr of Beach & Rees streets
Queenstown
New Zealand

Shop Hours
Mon-Sun 9.00am – 9.00pm

Phone
0064 3 442 8239

Email
info@wakagallery.com

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Shop https://www.wakagallery.com/2011/12/07/shop/ Wed, 07 Dec 2011 01:59:03 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?page_id=58 Location

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NZ Jade (Pounamu) https://www.wakagallery.com/2011/12/07/nz-jade-pounamu/ Wed, 07 Dec 2011 01:56:16 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?page_id=52 waka_jadePOUNAMU is a Maori term for nephrite (New Zealand Jade), and also to a lesser degree bowenite and can be roughly divided into four main types with several diversifications …Kawakawa, Inanga, Kahurangi and Tangiwai. Kawakawa, the most popular jade sourced for carving, named after the leaves of the tree of the same name, is a dark to rich green with dark flecks (iron inclusion); Inanga, a pearly pale grey green in colour, named after the native New Zealand minnow; Kahurangi, the most highly translucent flawless variety of pounamu and also the rarest – the word kahurangi derives from the clearness of the sky – is esteemed by most above all other varieties; Kokopu, named after the native freshwater fish known as (galaxidae), the markings are distinctive brown spots on a yellowish olive green; Totoweka is usually a dark green with red spots (iron) and is described as blood of the weka (a native New Zealand bush hen).

Pounamu, Nephrite, NZ Jade… a precious stone

For thousands of years humans have used jade for tools, weapons, adornment, currency, and believed in its healing properties. In fact it is so revered in Chinese culture its physical properties have been compared to the virtues of life itself. At Waka we celebrate three generations of jade workers…. Tyson Lynes works under the guidance of his father Rob Lynes, who learned from his father (now deceased). The first lesson one learns is to respect the virtues of the stone: its toughness – formed from heavily felted fibres, it is a calcium magnesium silicate, harder than tungsten steel, it is frequently quoted as the toughest natural material; its colour and translucency, – it can be any shade of green, black white, grey, blue, brown, orange and yellow; it also has an unlimited variation in markings, no two stones are the same.

Its sensual qualities: it must be handled, it has a pleasing cool slightly waxy feel that warms to the touch. Supporting the sense of feel is inherent in every piece worked at Waka. Its sound qualities… appreciated by the ancient Chinese who carved gongs and wind chimes, Maori were also well aware of this attribute and many of their artifacts were specifically designed for their musical ring.

For thousands of years humans have used jade for tools, weapons, adornment, currency and a belief in its healing properties, in fact it is so revered in Chinese culture its physical properties have been compared to the virtues of life itself.

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Pearls https://www.wakagallery.com/2011/12/07/pearls/ Wed, 07 Dec 2011 01:55:37 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?page_id=50 waka_pearlThe pearls of the pacific… Tahitian Black, South Sea White, Philippine Gold and New Zealand Blue, rare and mysterious, synonymous with magic and perfection – all on delectable display at Waka Gallery.

Valued in terms of shape, colour, size, purity and lustre Waka Pearls are graded by master pearlier Jean Daniel and all carry his personal guarantee. No imperfection escapes his scrutinising blue gaze…. only the finest quality make it to the final selection for setting by Waka jewellers. Because of their unique character and individuality it is difficult to mass produce pearl jewellery hence the exclusivity of a true pearl strand. Pearls carry with them an inherent air of eminence and every pearl at Waka is a special gift from nature.

Born of the sea and cultivated in the exotic climes of the South Pacific, Waka pearls are a uniquely cherished expression of elegance. The New Zealand Blue Pearl exhibition opened in the Waka Gallery in September and showcases one of the most extensive collections of Eyris Blue Pearls ever seen with pieces by resident jewellers Andy Mills and Royce Kelly.

Born of the sea and cultivated in the exotic climes of the South Pacific, Waka pearls are a uniquely cherished expression of elegance.

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Opals https://www.wakagallery.com/2011/12/07/opals/ Wed, 07 Dec 2011 01:55:14 +0000 http://www.wakagallery.com/?page_id=48 waka_opalThe internal structure of an opal gives it the rare and startling colour variations unique to every gem. A craft handed down father to son, Vaka opal has three generations experience cutting opal, arguably the world’s most beautiful gem. An Australian native, the distinct quality of the opals found at Waka are matchless. Waka opal cutters cross the Tasman to hand select the finest raw opal direct from the mines. Opals are cut and polished on the premises at Waka Gemcutters and carry our full guarantee for quality and value. When purchasing a Waka Opal you are purchasing direct from the source with unrivalled experience and dedication to the authenticity of the gems.

Waka specializes in Lightning Ridge Black Opal, one of the world’s rarest gems as well as Queensland Boulder Opal and the more translucent Crystal Opal. We invite you to visit us at Waka to see the country’s finest collection of investment opal jewellery and unmounted gemstones. See our gemcutters at work and view firsthand our jewellers crafting opal into fine jewellery. Celebrate with us the exquisite uniqueness and miraculous colours of this rare and precious gem.

A craft handed down father to son, Waka opal has three generations experience cutting opal, arguably the world’s most beautiful gem.

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