jade, Bone, wood & pearl
Maori carvings (Whakairo) are unique to the Maori culture. The significance behind each carving is distinct and symbolic. All of our pieces are carefully selected to bring special meaning to the wearer.
Jade or Greenstone are common names for the jade used to carve Maori designs. Our collection is made of Nephrite Jade which comes from New Zealand and is also imported from Australia and Canada. New Zealand jade is often hard to get and it is common to use a mixture of local and imported stone for stock carvings. In this case we simply label those pieces as “jade” or “greenstone”.
Authentic “Greenstone” from New Zealand is green nephrite jade found in the South Island of New Zealand. The Maori consider this stone sacred and call it “Pounamu”. We use this term in our collection when we are assured that it is truly New Zealand jade.
The Toki (adze) symbolizes strength and triumph over adversity.
Individually priced: sizes are approximately in order of appearance:
- #1 Nephrite Jade Drop Earrings 1″L x 1/2″ W @ $35/pair
- #2 Pounamu Drop Pendant 4″ L x 1/2″ W @ $85
- #3 Pounamu Toki Pendant 3″ L x 3/4″ W at bottom @ $125
- Large Pounamu Toki Pendant (not shown) 3 1/2″ L x 1 1/4″ W @ $165
- #4 Pounamu Toki Pendant 2 3/4″ L x 1 1/4″ W @ $135
- Drop Greenstone 1″ Pendant @ $28
Carved Bone Pendants
Pendants are $28.00 each.
Hei Tiki –Strongly defined features and robust manner of this symbol is a fine example of classic Maori art. Female hei tiki were worn as talismans of fertility.
Matau – The Fish Hook ensured fishermen a good catch. This symbol represents Prosperity & Good Luck; a safe journey across land and sea
Koru – Derived from New Zealand’s native fern frond, this symbol represents new beginnings, new life, growth, and harmony.
Paua (Mother of Pearl)
There is no other shell in the world that has the combination of colors like the Paua.
Found only off the waters of New Zealand,
the Maori honors the Paua as a good luck charm
giving peace, prosperity, good luck and good health
when given as a gift. Promotes longevity, and acceptance of others. Double Heart is currently SOLD OUT.
NECKLACES ARE $25 – Highly polished Surgical Steel (anti-tarnish)
Faux Gauge Earrings
Inspired by the KORU – the unfolding new leaf – represents new beginnings and harmony. These unique fake piercings are hand carved and available in bone and natural, organic rosewood. Sold as a pair. Availability varies with stock on hand.
- TOP ROW – BONE:
- KORU 1 inch – $28/pair Temporarily Out of Stock
- “S” spiral 1 1/4 inch – $28
- 2nd ROW – ROSEWOOD:
- KORU 1 1/4 inch – $28
- KORU tail 1 3/4 inch – $25
- 3rd ROW – ROSEWOOD:
- Tribal 1 3/4 inch – $25
- Black Tribal 2 inch – $25
- 4th ROW – ROSEWOOD:
- Black Tribal 1 1/4 inch – $25
- Black KORU 1 3/4 inch – $25