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Kawakawa Greenstone Fish Hook Pendant by Moreton Jewellery

(KTG07)


Kawakawa Greenstone Fish Hook Pendant by Moreton Jewellery

This magnificent pure sculptural form is abstracted from the shape of a Maori fishhook or matau. It refers to the fabulous fishhook of the demigod Maui with which he fished up the North Island of New Zealand. The Hei matau is a symbol of strength, determination, peace, prosperity and good health. It is also said that the hei matau protects the wearer when travelling especially over water.

This rawstone is Kawakawa, the darkest and strongest form of Pounamu. Its colour ranges from a medium green to a dark forest green, and is not typically translucent. It is named for the native kawakawa plant which traditionally used for its culinary and medicinal properties. Endless combinations of Pounamu types occur, and no two pieces are the same guaranteeing that your Pounamu is unique. Greenstone is regarded as the stone of the gods by the Maori of New Zealand. It is refered to as a Taonga, treasured thing, and it should be worn with respect and pride, it should be given with love.

This piece is a one off unique piece and will not be available again.

New Zealand greenstone
When the first white settlers arrived on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand they found that the maoris were using tough, hard and very beautiful green stone to make war weapons, cutting and carving tools and articles for personal adornment.

The Maori called the stone Pounamu, which liberally translated means Green Stone, The settlers ignorant of the fact that the stone was in fact nephrite Jade, put the two words together and gave it the distinctive name - Greenstone and it is still known in New Zealand by this name.

Deane Moreton
With over 40 years experience in sourcing and handcrafting New Zealand Greenstone, Deane Moreton of Moreton Jewellery is one of New Zealand's leading experts.

The piece measures 55mm (2.2 inches) wide and 33mm (1.3 inches) wide. It comes with a black adjustable cord, attractive kete pouch and meaning card.

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Kawakawa Greenstone Fish Hook Pendant West Coast Kawakawa Fish Hook Side View Kawakawa Fish Hook Front of Kawakawa Greenstone Fish Hook Pendant Pouch & Front of Kawakawa Greenstone Fish Hook Pendant Front of Kawakawa Greenstone Fish Hook Pendant Back of Kawakawa Greenstone Fish Hook Pendant



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Category : Greenstone / Jade Pendants
Category : Greenstone Fish hooks (Hei Matau) Pendants
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