Large Kawakawa/Inanga Pounamu Breastplate Pendant
Crafted by hand in our Oro Negro Studio on Karangahape road, this breastplate has been carved of beautiful New Zealand Kawakawa/Inanga stone. This piece has been finished off with an adjustable black cord.
85 mm (wide) x 40 mm (long) x 5 mm (thick)
This breastplate design takes influence from both indigenous Latin American ornaments of tribes such as the Muisca (Colombia) and the Rei Puta, Rei Niho designs in traditional Maori Whakairo (carving). Some people view the breastplate as a symbol for 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 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.