Introducing our new collection, Hinetakurua (known as the Winter maiden) this collection is based on different personifications of the elements of winter.
The kōrero (story) behind this earring design: Hinetakurua is known as the Winter maiden and is the wife of Tamanuiterā (the Sun) along with her sister Hineraumati. Hinetakurua is the daughter of Tangaroa akiukiu and is a sister to Hineraumati. She is also personified by the star Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky. Her realm is the ocean, her task is to produce and conserve fish with her father.
Together with Tamanuiterā, Hinetakurua has a number of children, and each of them is connected to the afflictions of winter including frost, snow, cold winds and the hard frozen earth. All of these children are stars that are located near Hinetakurua. When they are seen on the horizon before the rising of the sun, winter is upon the earth and the children come down from the heavens bringing the many faces of winter.
This design is based on Takurua Paewai, one of Hinetakurua and Tamanuiterā's children, she is the personification of frost and sleet.
Earring and Material details:
* LRG: 4 - 5cm in length
* XLRG: 5 - 7cm in length
Earring material: Gold gravograph (leaf) and black/ gold bamboo (whetū/star).
Earring hooks: Black plated (NF) hoops.
We recommend you care and gently handle your item, treat it like the taonga (treasure) it is. To clean the item, use a damp cloth and let air dry.
***COLOUR VARIATION - Please note while all measures are taken to ensure the colouring of our photos match the actual product, there may be slight variations due to device colour matching***