Born in New Zealand and raised in both Hawai’i and New Zealand, Cherise’s boulder opal jewellery designs are firmly rooted in her Pacific origins. 

Both Hawaiian and Maori cultures believe that spirituality comes from a connection with the land, and Cherise has spent her lifetime in love with the wild natural beauty of the Pacific.

Cherise created her own art education and took every opportunity to hone her craft. While travelling the world she spent time in the workshops of blacksmiths, jewellers, sculptors, artists and artisans in places as diverse as London, New York and Lhasa, on her journey to becoming a jewelry designer and sculptor. Cherise currently resides with her husband and two young children in a little house on a bush-clad cliff overlooking the waters of Auckland.