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Lashed Kawakawa Hei Toki Pendant by Moreton Jewellery


Lashed Kawakawa Hei Toki Pendant by Moreton Jewellery

A wonderful piece of Kawakawa greenstone from the south island of New Zealand.

This pendant is in the style of a wide Toki of the Maori Adze, or Toki Pou Tangata. Traditionally the Maori Adze was used as a large chisel to tool used for smoothing rough-cut wood in hand woodworking, however in wartimes the adze or toki are known to have been used by Maori warriors. The Maori also attribute the spiritual meaning of Strength and Power to the Toki.

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

This piece is crafted from kawakawa greenstone or Pounamu, which gets it names from the pepper tree leaves which this greenstone look similar to. 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.

New Zealand greenstone
When the first white settlers arrived on the West Coast of the South Islans 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 47mm (1.85 inches) long by 30mm (1.2 inch) wide. It comes with a black adjustable cord, attractive pouch and meaning card.


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Category : Adze (Toki) Pendants
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