Hei Rei Puta Large Kawakawa Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Pendant
This magnificent Large Hei Rei Puta has been crafted by hand in our Oro Negro Studio on Karangahape Road out of New Zealand Kawakawa Pounamu stone from the West Coast of the South Island. This piece has been finished off with an adjustable 4-plaited dark brown waxed cord.
108 mm (long) x 30 mm (wide) x 15 mm (thick)
As each piece is handmade, everyone will vary from the last, with varying textures, marks and stone colours. Every piece is one of a kind.
REI PUTA MEANING:
The Rei Puta is a rare design in the history of Maori Pounamu. The shape of the Rei Puta echoes the silhouette of a whales tooth and represents wisdom and knowledge. The Rei Puta, like most Maori ornaments, was not worn simply as an ornament but was believed to have some talismanic or emblematic significance connected to Maori Mythology and its correlated rites.
Maori have used the stone in rituals and as statements of rank and power. It protects us when traveling 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 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.