Breastplate Pounamu Aotearoa New Zealand Greenstone
( H68 x D9 x W40) mm /adjustable waxed cord
The breastplate developed from a means of protection and armour to body adornment signifying status and mana (power). The Breastplate symbolises strength, bravery and honour. Wearing a breastplate can help you find strength, courage, protection and a feeling of safety and calmness.
Breastplates have been made for ornamental and spiritual purposes in many different parts of the world throughout history. Based on armour protecting the vital organs, breastplates are worn flat across the chest for honour and spiritual protection. Our breastplate design is influenced by both Indigenous Latin American ornaments of tribes such as the Muisca (Colombia) and the Rei Puta, Rei Niho designs in Māori whakairo traditional carving.
Crafted by hand at the Oro Negro Studio on Karangahape Road. We follow Māori Whakairo protocol in crafting taonga that honours the traditions of tangata whenua o Aotearoa. As Colombian carvers, our practice is also about connecting with our own Indigenous South American art forms. Acknowledging and upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is an integral part of our Aotearoa New Zealand perspective.
CARE OF YOUR TAONGA
Pounamu polishes and shines itself overtime by absorbing the natural oils of your skin. Likewise, rubbing into the stone’s surface a natural oil such as olive or coconut oil will also add lustre. Our pounamu can be worn daily, yet care should always be taken to minimise impact which could potentially cause hairlines cracks or breaks. Wearing your pounamu close to the skin will always act as a protective measure.