The Maori design aesthetic is deeply powerful and symbolic, drawing on a long and rich tradition of the Maori people's carving, weaving, painting, and tattooing arts. Zealandia's lead designer, Jenny Byrne, grew up in New Zealand surrounded by Maori art and influence, which in turn inspired her jewelry designs. Select pieces from her jewelry collections include her interpretation of Maori designs and her own love of the ocean's wild wonder. The Maori are sea people whose history and folklore is deeply rooted in their sea-faring canoe origins and their long voyages across the waves. Their connection with the seas is intrinsic to who they are, and much Maori art is influenced by sea-inspired imagery.