Hei Matau Large Kokopu Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Pendant
This large Hei Matau has been crafted by hand in our Oro Negro Studio on Karangahape Road out of New Zealand Kokopu Pounamu stone from the West Coast of the South Island. This piece has been finished off with an adjustable 4-plaited <cord black waxed cord.
89 mm (long) x 50 mm (wide) x 13 mm (thick)
THE HEI MATAU DESIGN:
The Hei Matau is a fascinating and culturally significant piece. This particular pendant is based on a treasured piece in the world-renowned Te Papa Museum in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. The indigenous people of New Zealand, Maori, used Hei Matau similar to this one to fish. Today, the Hei Matau pendant is believed to bring the wearer good luck during journeys, especially when travelling over water.
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 an 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.