Hei Toki Blade Totoweka Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Pendant
This uniquely triangular shaped Hei Toki has been crafted by hand in our Oro Negro Studio our of sunning New Zealand Totoweka Pounamu stone, from the West Coast of South Island This piece has been finished off with an adjustable 3 plaited black cord.
70 mm (long) x 24 mm (wide) x 14 mm (thick)
Totoweka often resembles the colouration of kawakawa stone, however the main distinction is that the spots and streaks on the totoweka are blood red. This variety of Pounamu is a rarity and highly cherished within the carving community. The name Totoweka, comes from toto meaning blood and weka meaning a native bush hen or weka blood.
The Hei Toki Blade is a culturally significant symbol within the Maori culture, representing courage and strength, particularly in times of difficulty. These blades were carved to be used as chisel tools for the practice of Whakairo (Traditional wood carving),to craft Marae (meeting houses) and Waka (canoes).
Hei Toki pendants were also worn by Māori elders to symbolise power, wisdom and authority. 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 (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.