ABOUT

 

KIA ORA TĀTOU KO WAITAKERE 

TE MAUNGA KO MURIWAI TE MOANA 

NŌ TĀMAKI AHAU 

KO OVALLE TŌKU WHĀNAU 

KO MANUELA TŌKU INGOA

Manuela Ovalle wearing a dress inherited from her Grandmother, Olga Cecilia de Herrera.

Manuela Ovalle handcrafts Pounamu pieces and brings together the rich tradition of New Zealand Pounamu and her family legacy of Jewellery making as the fourth generation of Jeweller in her family to produce contemporary works under the name Saint Cecilia. 

Each piece is unique and individually crafted at the Oro Negro Jewellery Studio on Karangahape Road in Auckland using Pounamu offcuts gifted to her by her Father. Growing up in a jewellery making household, Manuela began making jewellery at a young age around the dining table as a fun family activity. Naturally, Manuela continued to develop a passion for crafting and later was inspired by her older brother’s jewellery brand Frankie Ruins to start one of her own. 

“Maximising the beautiful resource that we are given by Papatūānuku and upcycling materials is a big driving force for the designs I produce and is one of the big reasons for why I got into working with pounamu. I want my work to represent the coming together of both sides of my cultural heritage and to produce works that represent who I am as a Colombian New Zealander.” 

Saint Cecilia is named after both of Manuela’s grandmothers, who were creative and driven women, Manuela aims to emulate these characteristics within her own work and business to carry this onto future generations.