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NZ Designer Series

A legacy with...

Walker & Hall is proud to support the best New Zealand jewellery designers, and provide a legacy of showcasing the unique talents, stories and creations of these inspirational kiwis.

As a part of our ‘A Legacy of Love' campaign, we chatted with Boh RungaKaren Walker, Meadowlark, Stolen Girlfriends Club and Zoe & Morgan, to uncover stories about the legacies passed down to them and how this concept is encapsulated within their jewellery designs.

MEADOWLARK with Claire Hammon

Tell us about your Mother, and your connection to her.
My mother and I don't see each other often as we live in different cities, but she has always supported me in anything I have wanted to do. She supported me when I started my first business and taught me many creative skills.

What part of her legacy has she passed down to you?
My mother passed down many life skills that are part of my every day. She has also passed down some of her collection of heirloom family rings which I have always loved.

What piece of jewellery in your current collection speaks to the idea of legacy?
I'd like to think all our pieces can be legacy items, making jewellery of high quality is important to us and we expect each piece to last a lifetime and beyond. But if I was to hand down a piece to my daughter it would be the heart jewel ring and the diamond eternity ring.

ZOE & MORGAN with Zoë Williams

Tell us about your Mother, and your connection to her.
Anna Sibbald is a remarkable woman - intelligent, artistic, and full of playful cheekiness - but perhaps her greatest joy in life has been the birth of her three children: myself, Morgan, and Ruth. From the moment each of us arrived in the world, Mum revelled in the joys of motherhood, particularly relishing those early, tender moments of infancy. As we grew older, Mum's focus shifted to nurturing our creativity and fostering a deep bond between us as siblings, a foundation that has allowed our family to remain connected and innovative. A foundation for our business even.

Now in my 40s, I reflect on the different phases of my relationship with Mama - the formative years of childhood and the teenage years - and I am actually in awe of her unwavering trust in us as young people. Our home was always blasting music and alive with social gatherings, a reflection of Mum's easygoing nature and her genuine love for others. But as we each eventually set out on our own individual journeys, Mum took off on her own adventure, discovering a profound connection with Buddhism and exploring the world in new and exciting ways. Watching my mother embrace her independence and find her own strength and passion was a truly inspiring experience for me, and it reminded me that Mum is so much more than just a "mama" - she is a woman of incredible depth and resilience. 

What part of her legacy has she passed down to you?
First, there is a deep commitment to healthy living, nourishing the body with wholesome food and embracing a lifestyle that promotes vitality and well-being. This includes the more spiritual side too, being mindful of thoughts and actions.

Second, there is a love of light-hearted laughter and connection - Mum's eyes twinkle bright when she's re-telling a memory of a really good laugh.

Finally, there is an unwavering trust in my children - a belief that they are capable and deserving of freedom, and that they have within them the strength and creativity to create a life they love to live.

What piece of jewellery in your current collection speaks to the idea of legacy?
The story behind your Gypsy Heart earrings is one of travel, inspiration, and a deep sense of connection between Mum & me. It all began during a walk, a journey that led us to the charming town of Santiago de Compostela on the northern coast of Spain. Mum did the full 700-kilometre walk and I spontaneously joined her for the last 130km. 

As we explored the area, you were struck by the exquisite beauty of the antique jewellery that was prevalent there - the intricate detailing and fine craftsmanship that made each piece so unique and special. It was this beauty that served as the inspiration for our Gypsy Heart earrings, we tried to capture the essence of love in this design.

Now, years later, it is heartwarming to see the impact that these earrings have had on others, I see someone wearing them almost every day in Auckland. Each sighting is a reminder of Mum and the adventures we've been on together. A love of creativity and connection.

BOH RUNGA with Boh Runga

Tell us about your Mother, and your connection to her.
Out of us three girls (Bic, Pearl and me) I guess I am the closest in personality to our mother. She is quite gregarious at times. My partner and I have moved a little closer to her now so I see Mum far more, which is great. Over the last few years, having Covid isolation and being so careful with exposing Mum to the virus was worrying.

What part of her legacy has she passed down to you?
My mother is very honest. Bordering on blunt, you could say, but it's with love and is a cultural thing- honesty even if it hurts... ha! And you know what? Your mother should tell you truths, someone has to!

What piece of jewellery in your current collection speaks to the idea of legacy?
The Marigold locket inspired by the lovely māma Anika Moa and her daughter Marigold is the perfect piece to hold a memory of a loved one, your bubs' photo or a little memento of your family. I love the idea of taking a little piece of what is special to you being worn and treasured in such a way.

STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB with Marc Moore

Tell us about your Mother, and your connection to her.
My mother is such a strong woman, literally the only pillar in my life as a young man growing up and learning his place in the world. She brought me up alone, as a single mother. Such a young mother at 20 years of age, I can’t imagine the sacrifices she had to make to give me a good upbringing. Not to mention how tough it must have been on a solo mother’s benefit and without much support from family. I literally owe my life to her and so lucky she chose me!!

What part of her legacy has she passed down to you?
Mum is extremely creative and she’s always been a dreamer with a great imagination. I’m lucky that she has passed this all on to me, it’s part of who I am and essentially the main reason I am doing what I am doing now. I think the world would be a pretty dull place without creativity or imagination. Like the old saying goes – “We have art, so we don’t die of reality”. This saying always reminds me of Mum. She was always encouraging me to be creative, and to follow my bliss by only doing things that really filled me up. I was never pressured or told to follow a conventional path. My beautiful life and my careers, through surfing, art and now fashion are a manifestation of all the lessons my mother taught me over the years.

What piece of jewellery in your current collection speaks to the idea of legacy?
The ‘Claw Ring’!! This piece has been in our collection for around 15 years now – it’s so iconic and never dates. It has always been one of my favourites. I like to think of this ring as a legacy piece. We see so many cool mothers wearing this piece, and I can imagine it being passed down to their children in time too.

KAREN WALKER with Karen Walker

Tell us about your Mother, and your connection to her.
My mother, Beverley, had a restrained elegance, a quiet intelligence and a steadfast reliability. Some of my best childhood memories of her are the simple pleasures of watching her bake; write in the mysterious and fascinating Pitman shorthand (which she used for all letter drafting as well as secret notes she didn’t want us kids to decipher) and, in the ‘70s, prepare her somewhat complex coiffure (complete with hairpieces).

What part of her legacy has she passed down to you?
Whilst we were very different in many ways I see her in myself daily - especially in my way of requiring things to be just so (no kitchen drawer is safe!)  and being able to spot a grammatical or spelling error from across the street. She also showed me that nothing beats navy and cream as the basis for an outfit. I didn’t keep many of her possessions, but I do have a beautiful gold fob watch that was passed down from her mother’s mother. It’s too precious for me to wear, seldom leaves the safe and never leaves the house.

What piece of jewellery in your current collection speaks to the idea of legacy?
The Runaway Girl was in our jewellery collection from day 1 and, 20 years later, she continues to step into the unknown boldly, bravely and with humour and openness. She now spans generations and will, I hope, continue to do so. 

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