Beautiful Collection of Nephrite Jade Carvings
New Zealand’s nephrite jade, also known as pounamu or greenstone—was formed by intense heat and pressure deep under the ground of the South Island’s Alpine region. This precious stone has surged to the earth’s surface as a result of the movement of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates over many years. Each region of New Zealand tends to produce different variations of jade; each with a variety of colours, patterns, and textures.
The native New Zealand Maori have a strong connection and respect for the land, and the pounamu holds incredible significance in their history and culture. This deep connection is clearly reflected through the way each stone is individually carved into a different native identity. Take the Koru, for example, this spiral carving depicts new beginnings, life, and hope. The twisted greenstone (Pikaru) symbolizes the bond between two people, connecting the lives of friends, family, or loved ones.
Each of our New Zealand jade carvings is hand-carved and in a variety of hues and colours, so you know that each piece that you own will always be completely unique to you. The beauty and cultural significance of pounamu in New Zealand, make our collection of jade carvings the perfect gift for your loved one. We have a great choice of traditional and contemporary designs, that look stunning on anyone lucky enough to wear one. Check out our collection below.