arboredofogo

Unique handmade jewellery from Wellington, NZ

Wellington, New Zealand · 4 Sales

arboredofogo

Unique handmade jewellery from Wellington, NZ

Wellington, New Zealand 4 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Orsi V

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NEW! During December, all Árbore·do·fogo jewellery ships in special gift wrapping made from recycled card board boxes!
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Last updated on Dec 7, 2016

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NEW! During December, all Árbore·do·fogo jewellery ships in special gift wrapping made from recycled card board boxes!
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Orsi V

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Stylish beaded jewellery handcrafted with love

Although árbore·do·fogo has only been around since October 2016, the idea and some of the designs have been with me for many years. I’ve done beading since a young age, I still remember anxiously waiting for my baby brother to fall asleep for his midday nap so I can take out my beads – at the time considered to constitute a serious hazard in the presence of a toddler. As I grew up I would always come back to making jewellery, be it using beads, embroidery thread or wire and even made an incursion into brass enamel jewellery making. What I love about beading is that it is such a simple craft, yet it holds infinite possibilities, especially nowadays with the choice of quality materials available. I can't say how happy I am to be able to showcase my jewellery pieces, which have all been handcrafted with much love and care, with the aim of bringing joy to future wearers.

WHY ÁRBORE·DO·FOGO?

The Galician word árbore do fogo, with the literal meaning ‘fire tree’, is a unique and rather poetic name for the emblematic tree of New Zealand, the pōhutukawa tree (metrosideros excelsa). The Galician city of A Coruña, located in the north-western corner of Spain is a place I like to call home, although I wasn’t born there and my current home in New Zealand is literally a world away.

When in a sentimental mood, I like to think that other than the fact that both Galicia and New Zealand figure on my list of current and past “homes”, the two places somehow have a mystical connection. After all, A Coruña is one the few cities in the world that has another city as an (almost exact) antipode, being Christchurch in New Zealand.

It is precisely the pōhutukawa tree, an endemic New Zealand species, which provides a further connection between the two remote lands. A Coruña is home to an over 200 years old specimen, growing in the courtyard of the local police station, found on Tui Street. The origin of this centenary pōhutukawa tree is a mystery and has been subject to historical and botanical research since its discovery by New Zealanders in the early 2000s. The tree was also chosen as the floral emblem of the city of A Coruña and cuttings from it were planted to adorn the Avenida do Metrosidero (Pōhutukawa Avenue).

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  • Orsi

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    árbore·do·fogo is my dream project. While crafting has been an important part of my life as long as I can remember, I took ages to gather the courage to showcase my work. I hope shoppers will enjoy my pieces as much as I love making them.

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