Pounamu is the traditional name for greenstone in New Zealand. It is an important part of Māori tradition and hugely significant within the overall cultural identity of Aotearoa.All of our pounamu is sourced from carvers that use genuine NZ West coast pounamu.
Koru Single & Double
The spiral is a Koru, represents the fern frond as it opens bringing new life and purity to the world. It also represents peace, tranquility and spirituality along with a strong sense of re growth or new beginnings. The Koru is also often associated with nurturing so when interlocked with others is frequently used to represent the strength and purity of a loving relationship within a family.
Toki or Adze
This design represents the Toki or Adze which was used to carve the great canoes and also to cut and work timber for the fortresses or Pahs in which the Maori lived. It was such an important tool in Maori life that it became regarded as a symbol of power, authority and good character. It is also the mark of the craftsman and artist.
The Manaia is an ancient mythical being with a birds head and a human form. It is said to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits illustrating the strong links the Maori people have with spirituality and the spirit world.It is a holder of great spiritual energy and is a guardian against evil.
These very stylised fish hooks represent strength, prosperity,abundance, fertility and a great respect for the sea.It also is said to provide good luck and safety when traveling over water so is often worn by travelers. Hei-Matau are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverence by the Maori people.
Disclaimer: Please be aware, In respects to the wide range of religions our Taonga do not come blessed. It is advised that taonga are indeed blessed by a trusted Kaumatua or a respected member of church etc before wearing from a traditional stance. Nga mihi nui