Porohita/Circle of Life Small Serpentine Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Pendant
This cute small Circle of Life has been crafted by hand in our Oro Negro Studio on Karangahape Road out of New Zealand Serpentine Pounamu stone from the West Coast of the South Island. This piece has been finished off with an adjustable 3-plaited black waxed cord.
30 mm in diameter x 9 mm (thick)
CIRCLE OF LIFE DESIGN:
Using ātaahua (beautiful) pounamu, every circle of life pendant is individually designed by Ernesto and the Oro Negro artisans. With no two pieces alike, each pendant is an exquisite treasure that illuminates and showcases the beauty of New Zealand’s pounamu and the uniqueness of each stone sourced from the Arahura River. The circle is said to be a seamless symbol of life and love with no beginning or end. New Zealand Greenstone, known to Maori as Pounamu, and the rest of the world as jade, is a historically and culturally important stone to all New Zealanders.
Maori have used the stone in rituals and as statements of rank and power. It protects us when travelling abroad, and is noted for having healing powers.
Our stones are sourced from the Arahura River on the West Coast of the South Island. All of our pieces are carved by hand and finished off using the traditional method of sanding by hand with a sandstone stick. We follow the Maori Whakairo protocols closely and we strive to craft Taonga that honour the traditions of the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and that make a homage to our own Tangata Whenua of Colombia who were also fine artisans and craftsmen.
Our Taonga & jewellery is made of high-quality metals and stones, that are made to be worn daily however they can still be damaged through contact with harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and collisions. Keep your Taonga/jewellery away from chlorinated water as it can erode the metal, Avoid any hard knocks and scratches to your stones. If your stones look dry, rub it against your skin or rub a small amount of natural oil such as olive or coconut on to it.