Title: Mother of Pearl

Description: Tahitian Mother of Pearl Brooch

Artist: Alex Nathan – Registered Toi Iho Licenced Artist

Iwi: Te Roroa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Cretan

Materials: Sterling Silver, hand carved Tahitian Mother of Pearl shell inlay, 9ct Gold pin

Māori silversmith, Tāne Māhuta Protector and Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and the Arts, Alex Nathan is a dedicated artist and conservationist.

This exquisite piece of artistry using the precious shell Mother of Pearl and silver is an heirloom taonga.  Sourced from one of our ancestral homes in Tahiti, therefore this brooch can be fondly referred to as a Star of The Pacific.  A celebration of diverse celestial creativity that knows no bounds in our waterways, skies and earthly spaces.

Dimension: 60 X 40 mm


Alex Nathan

Nō Te Roroa, Ngāpuhi, me Ngāti Whātua a Alex. He is a Toi Iho registered artist. His work reflects a process of exploration and interpretation of traditional designs and motifs using non-traditional materials. Many pieces by Alex are constructed from Sterling Silver and Tahitian Mother of Pearl shell.


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