Ring size S ½
Ko Kohukohunui te Maunga
Ko Wairoa te Awa Ko Tikapa te Moana
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Ngai Tai te Iwi
Ko Umupuia te Marae
Ko David Beamish toku ingoa
My jewellery skills started with training as a diamond setter in the late seventies. I later made my living from contract gem setting work as well as producing my own designs and commissions.
Over the last 15 years I have pursued a range of passions including learning the history of my Iwi and tupuna, which led me into a governance role for Ngai Tai ki Tamaki during our treaty settlement negotiations. I also became the ranger on Motuihe Island for a time before heading to Hawkes Bay and developing a tourism business.
I have recently returned to my workbench with a fresh approach to my work, exploring pacific symbology related to navigating life's journey. I am inspired by the creativity of my forebears.