Paua Shell Fishhook Pendant
This pendant is in the shape of a stylised Maori fish hook known as the hei-matau (pronounced hay-may-tow), matau meaning hook.
Measures: 23mm wide, 35mm long.
It is believed that the hei-matau and many other fish-like amulets, more common in the south, may have been worn as talismans during fishing expeditions.
Hei-matau styled jewelry is inspired by the traditional Maori art of New Zealand. Hei-matau, the Maori fishhook was carved traditionally in jade or bone in a variety of styles. Matau, meaning hook, was later worn suspended by a cord from the neck as a pendant. For the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Hei-matau represents strength, determination, peace, prosperity and good health.
Benefits and properties of paua -
The shimmering colour of the shell shows its beauty. The blend of colours it has gives it that warm glow. It's an unique piece of shell from the ocean. Each shell has a different colour range, making each piece original.
Caring for your paua jewellery
Taking good care of your paua jewellery is quite simple, the shell is naturally hard, and won't break easily. Do take reasonable care with storage, as the shell may crush if trodden on, and take off your paua jewellery before bathing and whenever you enter the water to lengthen it's life.
Approximate Dimensions of Pendant: 35 x 23 mm (1.4 x 0.9 inches)
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