Founder Robert Greville initially began a part-time business touring the North Island of New Zealand selling shell jewellery and steadily establishing a following in both local and tourist markets. Due to the increasing demand of his products, Aquarius Design Limited was formed in 1987 in Kaitaia, New Zealand.
Paua jewellery was gaining popularity and Aquarius Design quickly became a market leader. With good design, production and distribution facilities, the business went from strength to strength, selling souvenir and fashion jewellery.
After outgrowing the original Kaitaia premises, Aquarius Design moved to Auckland City in 1994 to accommodate further expansion. The company was established on and still upholds solid values of outstanding design, affordable product, quality manufacturing, efficient distribution and talented people. Some of the original employees are still with the company today.