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Pounamu refers to several types of hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade , bowenite, or serpentinite stone found in southern New Zealand. Pounamu is the Māori name. These rocks are also generically known as "greenstone" in New Zealand English. There are two systems for classifying pounamu. Geologically, the ...


Greenstone. Meanings & designs. Our designs are a homage to the art, design, and culture of New Zealand. Their meanings stem from historical accounts of Maori life and the rich mythological and spiritual beliefs they held. Todays meanings and designs are a modern interpretation of this history. New Zealand Jade Koru ...


Our jade necklaces are available in Maori inspired designs and feminine greenstone jewellery. Maori designs include the toki, koru, twist, hei tiki, manaia and fish hook. Our greenstone jewellery is simple in its design, pairing jade with silver and gold. Use the 'refine' menu on the right to help you find the right necklace.


Items 1 - 16 of 56 ... Silverfernz offers the perfect New Zealand gift in the form of a greenstone pendant. Hand crafted in NZ and available in all the traditional designs fish hook, Pikorua, twist, disc, toki, adze, cross, heart, fern, koru, Manaia, tiki, Whale Tail, teardrop, Hei Matau and Dolphin.


This precious stone has been used for hundreds of years by the New Zealand Maori in tools, weapons and jewellery. The tradition still lives on today, mostly seen as pendents for necklaces. With that, these greenstone pendents come in many different designs, each with their own meanings. So what are the greenstone ...


For many New Zealanders Pounamu, also known as NZ Jade or greenstone, is more than a souvenir - it has a treasured spiritual significance. Pounamu is found in many places on the West Coast and is prized for its strength, durability and beauty.


Greenstone is our name for the nephrite jade that comes from the South Island of New Zealand. We also call it pounamu. Nephrite is principally a calcium magnesium silicate. Its structure is made up of tightly felted crystal fibres which is the reason for its' incredible toughness (Mohs 6.5) and its unique structure, it is also the ...


Jun 12, 2006 ... Story: Pounamu – jade or greenstone. Pounamu touchstone at the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Treasured, valuable and with spiritual significance, pounamu – New Zealand's highly prized stone – has been used by Māori to denote status and authority, for adornment, and for making peace.


Maori Bone and Greenstone Pendants carved in traditional designs carry a spiritual meaning as well. Learn what those designs mean, before you buy. :-)