Whale Tail Medium Kahotea Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Pendant
This is one of a kind medium Whale Tail crafted by hand in our Oro Negro Studio on Karangahape Road out of New Zealand Kahotea Pounamu stone from the West Coast of the South Island. This piece has been finished off with an adjustable 4-plaited black waxed cord.
52 mm (long) x 39 mm (wide) x 13 mm (thick)
WHALE TAIL DESIGN:
This Whale Tail design takes influence from both indigenous Latin American ornaments of tribes such as the Muisca (Colombia) and the Maori people. The whale with its great size and intelligence played an important role in the culture of the Maori people. They were often represented as an example of family love with mother and calf always side by side and touching at every opportunity. Beached whales were treasured as gifts from the gods. They were particularly prized for the bone which after several years of curing was used to carve ornate jewellery and art works, often passed down for generation.
As a pendant is a symbol of wisdom and tranquility and is said to bring good fortune to the wearer.
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 (carving) protocols closely and we strive to craft Taonga (treasures) that honour the traditions of the Tangata Whenua (People of the land) of Aotearoa (New Zealand) 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.