All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces are individually hand-carved from genuine New Zealand greenstone. Each raw-stone has unique characteristics formed over millions of years, giving every carved piece it’s own identity, colour and character.
The more you wear your Pounamu the more beautiful, unique and special it will become. Pounamu absorbs the natural oils from your skin over time which, when combined with constant skin contact, delicately polishes and enhances the lustre. This is what makes your stone uniquely yours, and why it becomes your taonga (treasured gift).
Your Pounamu is incredibly strong and durable, however it is also very dense and does not absorb shock very well. Due to the intricate nature of some of the carvings, dropping or hitting your Pounamu against a hard surface could cause hairlines cracks or breaks.
Pounamu polishes and shines itself by absorbing the natural oils from your skin over time, enhancing and brightening the lustre. You can clean your Pounamu with a gentle soap if needed, but strong chemical cleaners should always be avoided.
It comes beautifully boxed with an information card and a Ngāi Tahu Pounamu mark of authenticity and a unique traceability code.
When entered online this code identifies the origin and whakapapa of the stone. It will describe how it was extracted and processed and tell you who the artist was that carved it. It will explain that the stone has been treated according to the customary respect and carved with every possible care.
This matte roimata shape is widely regarded as a touchstone in healing and meditation, and are also believed to hold strong connection to the land.
Dimensions: Width 15mm, Length/Height 80mm
This item is handmade in New Zealand