Courtney Marama (Tainui, Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Ranginui) studied Jewellery design and manufacturing in Pōneke/Wellington for 3 years before heading to Te Wai Pounamu (The South Island) to immerse herself in the rich stone carving culture we have here in Aotearoa. From there she learnt about stones and carving from various artists which then lead her to be self-taught in lapidary/faceting. This eventually resulting in the creation of Courtney Marama Jewellery, specialising in bespoke one-off custom designs hand-crafted in precious metals and proudly set with uniquely cut New Zealand gemstones.
Because all of the work is done by Courtney it means there is a direct line from the raw earth to your ring and you know exactly who, how and where your precious ring has been crafted. Which I believe is extremely important in this day and age. The stones have only passed through no more than three hands to get to you with no mining, no unfair wages, no harsh chemicals (you get the idea) and have come safely from local rivers (or old river beds) and beaches here in New Zealand.
The raw materials already speak for themselves, Papatūānuku has done most of the work. Courtney is here to gently and respectfully craft these precious Aotearoa minerals into pieces of art that will adorn bodies for many generations to come.