Pounamu Restoration And Cord Replacement

Before: This Koru with multiple fractures was one of our most intricate restoration jobs

After: The stone has been put together with internal steel rods, we also added a hand made gold clasp.

Pounamu Restoration

As greenstone carvers we are privileged to work on pounamu pendant restoration. We fix chipped, broken or cracked greenstone pieces.

When greenstone has a clean break or has snapped:
Pin and glue: We pin the two pieces of stone together in place by drilling small stainless steel pins into both of the pieces and secure it with strong glue. We can also reinforce the support around the break by binding it with cord. Alternatively, we can reshape the broken pieces into separate designs through sanding or transform the design to appear intentional.

Chipped or cracked greenstone:
Reshaping and sanding: Using a sandstone file we smooth over the chipped part of the stone. This may alter the shape of the carving slightly.  

Cord Replacement

Your necklace cord is frayed or worn:
We offer either ready-made replacement cords that can be easily fitted onto the greenstone pendant. There are a few colours of cord to choose from: black, brown, tan, white or red. We replace cords, fix loose bindings and can provide a next day service. Our cords are hand made and have a one year guarantee.

Loose binding around greenstone pendant:
We replace the cord and rebind the pendant, we offer different styles of cord plaiting and can replace the original binding or change it completely.

Before: This Hei Toki had received an impact on the bottom and fractured mis-shaping the original design. The binding of the stone had also frayed.

After: Stone re-shaping and cord binding.

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Mon - Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: Closed

Phone: 09 309 2202
283 Karangahape Road, Samoa House, Shop 2


"AMAZING WORK. I had the team at Oro Negro turn a piece of jasper into a necklace, expecting just a small hole and some thread... What they gave me was BEAUTIFUL!!! They had taken the time and care to shape a channel in the pendant to keep the thread flush with the stone, and the thread itself was a gorgeous waxed woven style that complimented the stone's colouring perfectly. I can't believe so much care went into the most simple task - I couldn't recommend a better team. Gracias Ernesto!"

- Chelsea Ahlers

"I'm very pleased with my purchase, you can tell Ernesto has so much passion in his craft & that's what make it special & incomparable to mere souvenir shops. They are also very generous to give me discount after knowing my budget. If you're looking to buy genuine New Zealand greenstone jewellery for special one looks no further this is the place."

- Mohd Sulaiman

"Ernesto and his team are fantastic. I wanted to make something unique and special for my partner's birthday with a custom engraving. They were awesome to deal with the whole way through. They sent us constant updates with pictures and videos of the progress and we were able to make decisions and be involved in the journey.
The end result exceeded my expectations and was such a special gift.
I highly recommend their work!"

- Matt Abraham

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