Gold Kina Collection: Where Fine Art Meets Fine Jewellery

When designing jewellery for everyday wear, a certain level of practicality must be factored in – but what if we were to let ourselves revel in the pure beauty and artistic expression of fine jewellery? The Village Goldsmith’s response to this question was the creation of the limited-edition series, The Gold Kina Collection. This collection is not just about designing rings - it's about crafting wearable art that captures Aotearoa New Zealand's diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. From rich scenery to the delicate patterns found in native plants, this collection was inspired by contemporary life in this beautiful country we call home. 

Unlike mass-market jewellery, the Gold Kina Collection is not meant for everyone. It's designed for those who appreciate the beauty of craftsmanship and seek jewellery that resonates with their individuality - creating a personal connection with the artistry behind each piece. Only ten of each ring will be made worldwide with each piece signed and numbered, bearing special provenance. A wonderful reminder to embrace both our own individual expression and appreciate the singular beauty of the natural world around us.  

An essential part of our design philosophy is rethinking the traditional boundaries of crafting jewellery. The Gold Kina Collection moves beyond the conventional ways of setting gemstones, seamlessly blending precious metal with diamonds to create a synergic flow between the two. 

“We’re always endeavouring to challenge the technical parameters of how a piece is made, which, of course, cannot be achieved without the phenomenal experience and talent of our master jewellers.” – Ian Douglas 

In a world where mass production often overshadows the beauty of individuality, the Gold Kina Collection stands as a testament to the power of artistic expression through jewellery. These rings are not meant for everyday wear, but instead are small sculptures, striking to witness on their own. Or wear them in those special moments when you want to adorn yourself with a piece of art. Each piece is an expression of love and appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and the artistry of human hands. 

Learn more about the Gold Kina Collection designs and their inspiration:

Teka is another expression of the koru form. Baguette and trapezoid diamonds interface in this bold and dramatic dress ring


Teka is another expression of the koru form. When looked at simply from a side perspective it is actually two koru shapes that connect. Expanding that form around the trapezoid and baguette cut diamonds resulted in "Teka". 

Patai To Challenge Ring from Gold Collection, by The Village Goldsmith

Patai (To Challenge)

The aim of Patai was to take the quintessential New Zealand shape of the "koru" and turn it into a sculptural form that held a pear shape diamond. It is a ring that literally stands alone. 

Four graduated emerald cut diamonds ascend from the finger, a celestial staircase supported by starburst arches. Kohiti Ring from Gold Kina Collection by The Village Goldsmith.


The ascending four emerald cut diamonds are representative of a pathway to the stars, ascending to a height but with no end in sight - deliberately not finished as there is no end as we know it. 
The strong angles and square diamonds locked into shape portray that feeling. Taitapa (Edge) Ring from Gold Kina Collection by The Village Goldsmith.


"Taitapa" represents the glaciers of New Zealand, strong angles of ice that flow down the landscape, cutting a path as they do so. The strong angles and square diamonds locked into shape portray that feeling. 

Kotare Diamond Ring From Gold Kina Collection by The Village Goldsmith


"Kotare" is a statement on contemporary living. Designed to look like a circuit board, the lines do not in fact connect or complete a "circuit". This represents the disconnect that the internet has brought about. Whilst people are more connected than ever by communications, their ability to actually talk with other people is diminishing. The diamonds represent individuals - seemingly connected, but not in reality.