I have come to realise that my use of some Māori wording and cultural elements in my jewellery pieces is inappropriate, and are not my place to share, as a non-Māori New Zealander.
I’m proud to have been born in New Zealand, however I’m not proud of the history of colonisation and systemic racism experienced by Māori throughout our history.
I am now in the process of removing any reference to Māori culture, wording etc on my website, and other web-shops – however this will take me some time, so please be patient whilst I do this as best I can. 🙏🏼
Unique eco jewellery that's perfect for you!
Firstly, a big hello and welcome to Curlicue NZ – handcrafted eco jewellery and accessories. I’m Suzie Horne and I want to help you feel more elegant by wearing distinctive, yet affordable environmentally friendly jewellery, handmade for everyday wear or special occasions.
If you want unique, elegant and ethically handcrafted jewellery with classic lines and natural curves made from sustainable materials – you’re in the right place.
Dare to be different – with sustainable elegance and everyday luxury
Curlicue NZ produces handcrafted, sustainable luxury jewellery for eco-conscious adults and adorable kids. My pieces will enhance your natural beauty and can become a treasured keepsake.
Most of my pieces feature cultured freshwater pearls, Swarovski Crystals and semi-precious stones – or just the silver itself – to create interesting and intricate pieces of jewellery for you to treasure.
I also use off-cut pieces of tumbled NZ Greenstone & hand-polished (by me) Kauri Gum to design and create OOAK (one-of-a-kind) pieces – which make excellent special gifts! You won’t find the same thing anywhere else.
Apart from the distinctive OOAK pieces that have already been created and are ready to ship, all other jewellery (earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches) are handmade to order, so please allow 1-3 business days for me to create your item for you.
Let Curlicue NZ create the best gift solution for you!
Ethical Jewellery made here in NZ
All Curlicue NZ pieces are personally designed, handcrafted and ethically made to order at my Titirangi home in Auckland, New Zealand.
Curlicue NZ is your new eco-conscious, sustainable jewellery brand!
You can find out more about what “Sustainable Jewellery” really is, and how I use it here. All Curlicue NZ pieces are made by my hands: from cutting, smoothing and carefully wrapping the wires (either around themselves or around semi-precious stones, shells, pearls or Swarovski Crystals); to hammering (to harden and keep its shape or texturise); and then finally sanding and polishing the piece.
Environmentally friendly jewellery:
Handmade artisan pieces are made with 100% recycled .925 Sterling Silver or .935 Argentium Silver (more tarnish-resistant) wire. This is now purchased from either Morris & Watsons or Regal, in New Zealand – keeping it NZ made!
Silver wires and sections of chain are the main recycled metal materials that are used in my metal jewellery designs, I now also have a collection of earrings (called R3) that are crafted from repurposed plastic milk bottles!
However, I do also make some small findings such as hooks and jump rings from left over bits of wire – aiming for zero waste!
Additionally, I soon hope to add other recycled silver components including clasps and necklace chains.
I also up-cycle or re-use older jewellery components (such as beads or stones from family heirlooms and treasures) to recreate new environmentally friendly jewellery, that I like to call ‘sustainably elegant’ heirloom jewellery.
All of my inspiration comes from nature and the natural environment around us, especially here in New Zealand. You will notice I have a lot of pieces in blues and greens – which are calming colours (and also my favourite) but I can create a beautiful piece of jewellery using any colour you like.