New Zealand Greenstone Pendant Set in Sterling Silver including 18" Sterling Silver Chain.
"Te Awa" The River that flows into the north side of Lake Rotorua.
Te:the ;awa:stream..clearness of the water flowing throughtout the piece, likes the picture.
Original Designs by Ray Fransham , Rei Jewellery Ltd.
"We have used several different coloured stones in each of these large pendants, and there is variation within each stone, so each piece is unique"
" Te Awa" NZ Greenstone Sterling Silver Pendant + Chain G3403
One Of Te Awa New Zealand Jade/ Silver Pendant
Deep in the moutains of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is where you find our precious Pounamu or Greenstone ( Nephrite Jade)
Beautiful pattern each piece is different.
New Zealand Greenstone / Pounamu
Greenstone or Pounamu Called nephrite jade by geologist, pounamu by Maori, and greenstone by early settlers, this mineral is mainly sourced from West Coast of the South Island. Pounamu was always the most precious of things for Maori. Because of its hardness and toughness, it made the best tools, the best weapons, as well as the most beautiful ornaments, and was regarded like diamonds. Greenstone is regarded as precious and given as a taonga (gift) it is an honour to receive
What Maori call their spiritual connectedness with Jade, has led all New Zealanders to love and respect it, and to regard it as our National Stone.