These earrings from StoneArrow are a rectangle of up-cycled glass cut from a bottle with an image of the New Zealand Cabbage Tree (Tī Kōuka), fused onto the surface. Finished with handmade recycled Sterling Silver hooks.
The image is iron fused onto the surface of the glass hence the slight red colour.
**Due to the nature of the process and the use of recycled materials, colour and size may vary slightly from photo**
About Tī Kōuka:
Māori used them as guide-posts and to mark significant sites like urupā. They call them Tī Kōuka. Over time they’ve been used for food, fibre, medicine, to both start fires, and to resist fire. Captain Cook, and early settlers, brewed beer and other drinks with them.
You’ll find them all through New Zealand, they are instantly recognisable with their spiky leaves.
You may have noticed New Zealand cabbage trees thriving in other parts of the world, such as Devon, United Kingdom (where they’re known as the Torquay Palm), this is because this New Zealand native species are greatly liked due to their tropical palm look, and grow easily in the right climates (which, incidentally are not tropical).
The largest known tree with a single trunk is growing where StoneArrow is based, in Golden Bay, Tasman, New Zealand (just over the Takaka Hill from Nelson). That tree is thought to be 400 or 500 years old, and is 17 metres high.
StoneArrow: is a boutique artisan business that creates products inspired by the beauty of nature here in Aotearoa New Zealand. They specialise in creating high quality, sustainable, innovative, and hand-crafted jewellery made from up-cycled materials and they are proud to be carbon negative for our business operations -read the full report here.