Hei Matau Mangōpare Large Kōkopu Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Pendant
This authentic large Hei Matau Mangōpare Hammerhead Shark 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 black waxed cord.
Perfect Farewell gift, good luck in the journey
89 mm (Long) x 48 mm (wide) x 6 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 Ngai Tahu Poutini with a certificate of Authenticity and 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 sanding method by hand with a sandstone stick. We follow the Maori Whakairo protocols closely. We strive to craft Taonga that honours the traditions of the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and make a homage to our indigenous people of the land in 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 them against your skin or rub a small amount of natural oil such as olive or coconut onto them.